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Art Of Affection
Dog owners know that their pets have the inclination to lick. Dogs are often seen licking themselves. If allowed, dogs would lick other animals too. These four legged friends are really great lickers as every time they get a chance, they would lick the face, the hand and any body part of their human friends. People love dogs but pet parents generally hate the slobber that is left on the face and on any body part licked by the pet. The licking behavior can be a concern of some dog owners especially if the pet has also developed the habit of eating its own and other animal’s feces. Some dog owners would not mind being licked by the pet but if it is a concern for you it is necessary to curb the dog’s inclination to lick.
Licking comes naturally in dogs given that they were introduced to this kind of behavior since they were puppies. Licking is done by the mother dog to clean and to promote the circulation of the newly born puppies. Licking is done every time the puppy defecates or urinates. Puppies have learned to lick and whenever they want to be fed, they would lick the dam’s mouth to encourage her to regurgitate food.
Dogs are seen licking themselves clean. Dogs are not like cats that would spend long hours licking and cleaning themselves but man’s best friends are also known to use their raspy tongue to clean themselves. Dogs are also noticed to lick their wounds. This is probably the reason why some people believe that wounds and other injuries can be healed by the dog’s saliva.
Dogs are sweet by nature and their inclination to lick people can be a sign of affection. People that have kept dogs for pets would be aware of the intelligence of these animals. A dog that receives treats from the owners would return the favor with slobbery licks. Puppies would lick the dam to show affection. Thus when the dog licks the human family it is showing affection as well
The inclination to lick the human family can be the dog’s way of communicating. Dog are naturally sweet thus they would need attention from the owners. The formation of destructive habits is the common consequence of neglecting the pet. Some would bark excessively, some would be destructive chewers and some would be compulsive lickers so that the body part constantly licked would develop lesions
Licking is really not a dangerous behavior of the dog as the owner can always wash after being licked by the dog. This behavior though becomes a concern if the dog is already harmed. If your dog has a similar concern, think of the last time you played with the pet. This habit can be the dog’s way of attracting the owner.
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