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Why does my dog lick me?

Why do dogs lick? 

Dogs lick various objects and they do it for various reasons. To stop licking or eliminate licking from your dog's daily routine is like trying to eliminate crying or cooing from a baby. It's inhumane, It's unnatural, AND you will never truly eliminate licking. 

BEFORE YOU READ: No matter what the reason is for your dog's licking habits, they are still always going to lick something as a result of having one of these underlying issues. That means, even after they have been diagnosed and you understand why they are licking there is still the issue of what they are licking. To make sure that your dog isn't licking something harmful like the ground, or a poisonous plant or you and your guests we recommend redirecting your dogs licking habits to a Lick Pad for Dogs. 

REASONS DOGS LICK

#1) They like the taste of your skin - Plain and simple, as your dog likes the taste of your skin. Your sweat and skin tastes like salt. 

 #2) As a sign of affection - Some dogs lick to show affection so, depending on the circumstances, your dog’s licks are like kisses. This doesn’t mean that your dog has to lick you in the face. They might lick your leg or your face. 

 #3) To get your attention - If your dog has licked you and you turned to your dog and said anything at all, you taught your dog that licking will get you to pay attention/talk to them. That is because dogs learn through operant conditioning. Operant conditioning states that a dog learns that a certain behavior has a certain consequence. The behavior is Licking you and the consequence is you speaking to the dog or turning to the dog and kissing the dog.

 #4) Anxiety - When feeling anxious some dogs will lick themselves until their skin is bright red and raw. This goes back to the fact of licking releases endorphins. They feel nervous, alone, anxious, they start licking as a result of that and it's usually their paws or their bedding that they will lick. 

 #5) Boredom - Dogs can lick for hours on end. They can lick themselves, their crates, their beds. I had a dog once that would like the armrest of my couch until it was soaking wet. I would go to lay down and lay my head in a cold, dripping wet spot on my couch. It happened a total of 4 times before I had enough and bought a new one. Dogs are weird which is why I love them so much. 

Medical Reasons 

**If you think your dog is licking for one of these reasons please contact your vet immediately. 

#1) Pain - Licking releases endorphins. When your dog is injured you will notice, they will lick the area that hurts them as if their tongue is the medicine. Thats because when they lick endorphins are released into their bodies giving them a pleasurable feeling as they continue to lick. 

#2) Itchiness causes licking. Dry skin caused by not having enough fiber, moisture, water, or omegas in their diet can cause dry and very itchy skin. These areas can turn into open wounds when the dog licks it constantly

 #3) Nutrient Deficiency - Licking is caused by a dietary deficiency or particular nutrient need like Omegas, Fiber, Moisture in food-- Please try one of our dehydrated raw foods - just add water - 

We are certified dog trainers. We have trained thousands of puppies and dogs over the years & we have seen what works and what doesn't. The one thing that we have seen work time and time again is feeding better quality foods that have added fish oil (omegas, needed fat) and pairing a better quality food with giving the dog something safe to redirect their licking habit to like a Lick Pad For Dogs. 

 

We still get texts to this day from clients we haven't seen in over a year, telling us how Orijen Original has changed their lives. Their dog's skin is better, their coat is better, the itchiness is gone, no more hot spots, no more patches of hair missing. Most importantly, NO MORE LICKING PAWS!!!!

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2 comments

  • Our Cairn terrier loves to lick so much that we have a doormat that states “Caution, dog can’t hold its licker.”

    Dawn Rux
  • I have a 7 month old Pitt. I’m a little concerned about her licking. It’s not so much me that she licks. When I take her out to go potty especially if it’s raining she will lick the ground constantly, mud, grass anything. I’m a little concerned.

    Roxanne Gomes

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