Why do dogs love to lick?
From the very first second that I wake up in the morning, my dog Caramel comes up to me and greets me by licking my hand and face! It brings me so much joy to wake up to the precious greetings of my little furbaby.
We all know that dog licking is a natural behaviour in dogs. It might be even our dog’s favourite activity of the day. But some dogs have a tendency to lick excessively, spending hours and hours licking the same spot on the floor, the carpet, the couch, or even our faces.
Below are 6 reasons why dogs like to lick:
That spot tastes so good:
When you see your dog constantly licking the same spot, whether it is the floor, the table, or the dog bowl, the reason might be that that particular spot simply tastes really good! You might even find your furry companion excessively licking your hand, but it’s only because your dog loves the salty taste of your skin!
Sometimes, you might catch your dog licking its paw or any other part of its body. You’re probably not aware of this, but pups are concerned with hygiene, just like cats. They like to clean themselves whenever they can!
- skin allergies
- infections from bacteria, fungus, or parasites
- injury or arthritis
- gastrointestinal issues
If you want your dog to stop licking you, ignore them and walk elsewhere whenever they start doing it. They will eventually learn that licking causes you to leave, which isn’t what the want.
You can also try redirecting their focus by giving them alternative activities to keep them occupied, such as giving them a toy or a treat to gnaw on. Positive reinforcement training can also help curb licking behaviour by rewarding your dog whenever they perform the desired behaviour. For example, reward your dog whenever they stop licking when you tell them to stop.
We all love our dogs dearly, although they have some habits that we don’t appreciate. Are there any dog behaviours that annoy you? Let us know in the comments below!