What does it mean when a dog licks your face?

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What does it mean when a dog licks your face?

Why do dogs lick humans?

The specialist Philip Tedeschi is director emeritus and founder of the Institute for the Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, USA, said that “Dogs lick because it is a natural behavior and instinct”. However, the causes are varied:

  • Because they are hungry. “Researchers of wild canids (wolves, coyotes, foxes and others) explained on several occasions that cubs lick their mother’s face and snout when she returns from a hunt to her den, so that she regurgitates for them,” according to explained Alexandra Horowitz, PhD in canine cognitive science at the University of California. This does not mean that the animal expects its owner to regurgitate food, but experts speculate that, although the dog is domesticated, this gesture is due to the fact that it is waiting to be fed.
  • They want to say hello. It is normal that upon returning home, the dog becomes excited when it sees its owner and begins to jump, bark and even lick him. This is a typical way in which dogs explore and become familiar with people, taking advantage of their keen sense of taste, which provides them with a wide range of information about a person: from their chemical composition to their state of health and even their appearance. mood.
  • They show affection. Before humans get disappointed, it is worth clarifying that yes, dogs also lick out of affection. According to Lara Sypniewski, professor of small animal medicine at Oklahoma State University, “the act of licking can serve as a way for dogs to strengthen bonds with family members.”

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Licking is a normal behavior among puppy dogs.

It is common to see mother dogs licking their puppies., either to groom them or provide comfort. Likewise, the act of licking can be your dog’s way of showing you affection and closeness.

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According to Sypniewski, “licking is a normal juvenile behavior in puppies and this behavior appears to be common among humans, especially when humans encourage interaction.”

 
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