Many of us have either experienced it or seen it – a dog licking its owner is very common. There are many different reasons to why a dog might lick, but what is the phycology and meaning behind it? At TOP TAILS® Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, we have the answer!
If your dog is licking you, it is a sign of affection. The licking causes your dog to release satisfying endorphins, and therefore it comforts them. Licking is also a natural instinct within dogs. Puppies are licked by their mother, and puppies lick each other when grooming and in other social interactions. The mother communicates with her new puppies through licking, as well as stimulate them to start breathing. Licking also works as a kind of submissive gesture where the subordinate members of a pack licks the more dominant members – an important aspect in upholding pack harmony.
When dogs lick each other, it is a form of communication. They are sending messages, like “let’s be friends” or “I’m hungry”. It is no different from when they are licking humans – we are just not as good at understanding the message. If a dog is licking you intensely, it is trying to tell you something. You should take a good look around to see if something is missing, like for example an empty water bowl or a closed door. The licking indicates that your dog needs something.
Dogs are attention-seeking animals and this often incorporates the tongue. Dogs lick as a simple greeting and to get their owner’s attention. Your dog is indirectly saying: “Hello, I am here, I am cute, I want you to pet me!”
Typically, licking is a learned behaviour. If a dog, time after time, sees that it gains attention after licking its owner, licking will increasingly become a part of its daily behavior. A way to decrease this is to ignore the licking. If your dog licks you, stand up promptly and leave the room. This is not what the dog wants to happen, so if it repeatedly sees that you leave the room when licked, they will learn to dissociate licking with attention.
Why Should You Make TOP TAILS® Your Philadelphia Dog Caregiver?
Here at TOP TAILS® Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, we love each and every pet equally. Whether your dog is blind, deaf or has special needs, our loving dog caregivers in Philadelphia will be happy to look after your furry friend when you aren’t able to be at home.
You can trust that our team members will provide only the best care for your pets, as we require all employees to pass a criminal background check and to be neat, tidy and respectful. Plus, our Philadelphia dog caregivers are extensively trained and experienced in meeting pets’ needs.
Interested in giving TOP TAILS® a try? Call 215-508-1903 or visit us on the web for information on our rates and services. We look forward to showing you why we’re the dog caregiver Philadelphia pet owners rely on!