Being licked by your dog can signify affection, but there may be other meanings too. Licking is a natural and instinctive behavior in dogs. It is a way for them to express themselves. Licking is also how dogs groom, show emotions and communicate. As humans, we explore the world with our hands. Dogs use their mouths and tongues to help them understand their environment.
Dogs often show affection by licking. This instinctive behavior is linked to the comfort they felt when their mother licked them as a puppy. Just as it feels nice for us to pet a dog, it feels nice for dogs to lick the ones they love. Dogs may lick to show empathy. If your dog is concerned about you, they may try and lick you to make you feel better and care for you.
Licking is also a way to get your attention. Think about it. If a dog licks you, you probably pet them and talk to them kindly. The dogs love this attention, which encourages them to lick you and makes them more likely to do it next time. We know it sounds odd, but humans taste good to dogs. Have you ever noticed that your dog licks you more after exercise? This is because we release salt and acidic chemicals that may taste delicious to our dogs when we sweat.
Remember that licking is a natural behavior for our four-legged friends. Expecting your dog to stop licking you is probably never going to happen. Keep in mind that not all dogs are the same, and some may not often lick, if at all. You can consider several things if your dog’s licking becomes too much. You can move away, distract them, or give them positive attention. Speak with your veterinarian if you discover that your dog is licking you obsessively, and it becomes a problem or makes you feel uncomfortable.