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Old 08-10-2010, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have always wondered why dogs licked and noticed puppies are much more into licking than older dogs...but why? I have read puppies lick in hopes you will regurgitate some food for them, to show submission, and because they like the taste of salt which we humans have going for us. However, my dogs lick each other taking turns at night- it's really cute actually, lick me, and my kids though rarely lick the DH. So I was hoping someone had some better insight into why dogs lick and what it means
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I would like to think it is love..... LOL
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My Lana is a real licker, been that way all her nearly 8 yrs. She definately does it for affection, i believe.
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I also like to think its love. All my dogs lick each other or the cats or me. They do it for some reason but I have no idea why.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well Zoe cleans me nightly after my shower,lol I am not so silly I think she's kissing me, but other than salt is this a grooming behavior or a submissive behavior?

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I don't know why Shasta licks me, but I hope it's not because I'm the appetizer course.
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It's kisses of course. We're teaching Panzer to only kiss our ears - beats the alternative lick on the face!

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Old 08-10-2010, 09:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes grooming? My dogs often lick each others ears, paws, and faces in a grooming fashion as if they are cleaning each other. So I have wondered if they think they are cleaning us too?
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