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Why Do Dogs Lick People?

Why Do Dogs Lick People?

Nearly everyone, dog owner or not, has been subjected to doggy “kisses” which might range from a polite lick to a sloppy face washing! But why do dogs lick people? According to dog behaviorists and researchers, here are the reasons: One - Submissiveness - If you think about the way a mother dog communicates to her pups, one of the ways is through licking. She licks them to stimulate their breathing when they are born and also continues to lick them as a way to keep them clean as they get bigger. Puppies, in  turn, return the mom’s licking by…
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Is It OK To Let My Dog Lick His Wound?

Is It OK To Let My Dog Lick His Wound?

Dogs will naturally lick any wound on their bodies they can reach with their tongues, as it’s just instinct for them to do so. Because this is such common behavior, many people believe that when a dog licks a wound, it will promote healing. There is some evidence that dog saliva has some antibacterial, plus the rough surface of a dog’s tongue can loosen dirt which may have gotten into the wound. While licking may have some positive aspects to it, the harm it may cause outweighs the good. Licking can cause irritation and this can open the door for…
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Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws? 4 Reasons To Consider

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws? 4 Reasons To Consider

All dogs lick their paws occasionally, especially if their feet have gotten wet or muddy, as part of their self-grooming. But when a dog is constantly licking his paws and can’t seem to stop, then this is a sign something may be wrong.  Constant licking is a sign that your dog is trying to get relief from something. If his paws itch, his saliva is cooling to the area and feels good by temporarily reducing the itching. Your dog may also nibble on his paws as well as licking them.  But the constant licking, which your dog is using to…
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