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Why Does My Dog Lick Me? Why Do Dogs Lick People?

Updated on May 13, 2011

Why does my dog lick me? Why do dogs lick people?

To many individuals it may seem odd why dogs lick people. Sometimes we might think that it's nasty when dogs lick humans. Others may take dog licking as a sign of affection, but which is it? Could dog licking perhaps even be a reason for something else? Is it bad when my dog licks me?

To answer all of your questions, there are actually a number of reasons to why dogs lick people. Sometimes why dogs lick people is simply sweet; while other explanations are kind of... well... just plain weird and even a bit disgusting too! Either way why dogs lick humans is quite an interesting subject that can be cute, funny, and occasionally gross all at the same time.

 

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why dogs lick people

Why do Dogs Lick Humans?

There are various messages that one is able to convey from dogs licking people which include,

Dogs often times lick in order to show others affection. Your dog might lick because it wants to let you know that he or she cares for you on a compassionate level. Dogs also lick to encourage further growth and bonding in a relationship with other fellow pack such as family members or other dogs.

Why Dogs Lick Your Face?

Another common explanation for dog licking is hunger. When dogs are pups they lick their mother’s faces in order to tell their momma dog that they need food. Why dogs lick your face is probably because of the fact that by instinct they're telling you that they're hungry.

Dogs tend to lick themselves as a form of grooming, but on occasion dogs will lick their owners and pack members in order to groom them. Usually it is only female dogs that are prone to doing this though. Your dog could either be grooming you as another sign of caring for you as female dog would for her own pups. Your dog could however just find you to be plain stinky! Though I doubt most dogs do this because he or she is off put by their fellow pack member's odors.

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dogs lick wounds
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why dogs lick

Why Does My Dog Lick My Wounds?

Yes, this is a bit disgusting, but naturally dogs will actually lick their own wounds as an instinct to clean cuts in order to help them heal. The answer to why your dog licks your wounds could simply be because your dog wants for you to heel sooner. Although, you should not allow your dog to conduct such behavior and especially do not encourage any actions of such sorts.

Dogs lick wounds as well because they like the taste of blood. Yes, this can seem completely strange, and no your dog does not want to eat you. It just likes the taste of blood. And Ladies just so you know, this is also usually the reason to why some dogs like to get into used pads sitting in bathroom garbage cans. Once again like I stated before, do not let your dog lick your wounds for any reason whatsoever $6!

Your Dog is Trying to Greet You

Adult dogs will lick new comers or greet people by licking their faces to let them know how much they like you or would like to be your friend.

 

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pug tongue
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german shepherd pup

I Just Need Attention

Dogs lick humans and in particularly their hands as a way of getting one's attention for something. This could be a nice way of asking for social attention or perhaps there is something that your dog is trying to tell you. However, unless there is something seriously wrong (which there probably isn't) do not respond to dogs licking your hands; responding will only encourage your canine companion to further display such behavior and possibly develop as a habit.

Sometimes Why Dogs Lick People is because of Taste

If you just ate or maybe without even realizing a bit of food was on your hands, then you touched your arm, you dog might begin to lick your skin. Even if the food is no longer there your canine can still taste residue of your meal. Although such dog behavior might seem cute and funny, it's important not to mistakenly teach your dog that these sorts of actions are expectable.

Why do Dogs Lick Humans? Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

What I just explained to you tend to be the messages one will convey from dogs licking humans . There are however other explanations in which I did not cover to why an individual canine could be licking people. All in all though, the reasons above are why dogs lick people about 98% of the time.

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      DoItForHer 

      6 years ago

      My dog Waffy and I won a kissing contest once. We got a $10 gift certificate to Petco.

      When asked how I did that, I just tell them I taste really good. lol

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      Slobberpuss33 

      6 years ago

      Ok well I do know this it's good for dogs to lick your cuts cause it heals faster and dogs have the cleanest tougne in the world no matter what so when they lick your cuts there just cleaningit for u so just let them for like a half a minute or a minute.

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      Nope 

      6 years ago

      My dog licks me a lot after I eat

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      Anomaness 

      6 years ago

      It's awesome when my German shepherd licks my face for a long amount of time

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      jackie 

      6 years ago

      Wow very intresting i never knew dogs lick for many things, i think its very intresting in my perspective :D

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      creative1975 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, NZ

      My Dog likes to lick my hands just after I've applied hand cream! he seems to like the taste! but not so good when I've just put it on my hands and then I get dog slobber on them too - nice! Good hub and interesting, thanks.

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      MeTu 

      6 years ago

      I was convinced it was my lotion...LoL. Glad to know my Molokai loves me Sooo!

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      MarloByDesign 

      6 years ago from United States

      My dog loves to lick when he is with me, feeling safe, secure, and happy. I try to limit him, but he is so happy for those minutes he is licking. I guess I should stop him completely, but I do try to distract him a bit.

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      Helene 

      6 years ago

      SEEMS LIKE THE LITTLE YAPPY DOGS HAVE THE OCD ISSUE OF GOING OVERBOARD WITH THIS LICKING THE HAND OF OWNERS. ITS DISGUSTING THAT THE OWNER DOES NOT LIMIT THE TIME OF THE LICKING, I"VE SEEN THEM GO ON FOR 30-45 min. that is just too much!!!`

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A very useful and informative hub,

      I am sure that many will benefit from reading this one, so I vote up plus useful here.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      I rated this 'useful' - I have always been curious why my dog licks constantly - now I have some information on how to figure the little guy out!

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