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Why does my dog lick me?

Bethany Charlton

Why does my dog lick me? A question that many dog lovers have asked themselves. If your dog regularly licks your face, hands, or even your feet, you might be wondering why they do it. Don't worry, it's actually a very natural behavior for our furry friends. And if your curiosity is as big as mine, then you've come to the right place for some answers!

What Licking Means: Love, Affection, and Bonafide Good Vibes

Let's start with the good news: when your dog licks you, it usually means they really like you! It's a sign of love and affection. Your dog sees you as their family, their pack, and licking is their way of showing their love and loyalty to you. Just like we use hugs and kisses to express our love for each other, dogs use licking as their way to express their emotions. Ah, so adorable, right?

A Little Salty Snack: Dogs Enjoy the Taste of Your Skin!

But there's also another reason why dogs lick us. It might simply be because our skin has a salty taste that they enjoy! Yes, you heard it right, they enjoy those little salt granules on our skin. It's like a doggy snack, but without the crunch. So if you've just come back from the gym and smell a bit sweaty, your dog might find you extra "attractive".

Health Implications: When to Limit the Licking

Now that we know why dogs open their licking mouths, let's talk about the health implications. While it's generally harmless for your dog to lick you, it's important to note that there are certain situations where it's better to limit the licking a bit. For example, if you have an open wound, if your dog has just eaten, or if your dog has eaten too many possibly not-so-clean things. It's also about personal hygiene, for both you and your furry companion. So, where possible, you'll want to regulate this cute behavior to prevent bacteria from spreading.

Good Food, Good Health: Looking Beyond Licking

So, why does your dog lick you? Simply because they like you and enjoy that salty taste. It's a natural behavior that shows their affection and love. It's important to keep in mind that there are situations where you'll want to regulate this licking for the health of both of you. And while you delve into this topic, please don't forget to examine the nutritional value of the food you're giving your pet. At Edgard & Cooper, we believe that a healthy lifestyle starts with good food!

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