We all love our dogs. They’re our best friends and provide us with love and companionship. They show us how much they love us by offering slobbery kisses on the face, hands, neck, and other areas of the body. But, is it okay to let your dog lick you or should this practice be stopped? Don’t worry, for most healthy pets, licking you is okay. There is a small risk of transmitting an infection but this is rare.
- Dogs lick. Even if some do not do it often, all dogs lick. This phenomenon must have kept many wondering why it is like that.
- A veterinary expert says that dog licking behavior was an evolution from their wolf ancestors and also it can occur as a part of grooming.
- Victoria Stilwell, a dog training expert has noted that submissive dogs in a dog pack in a gesture will lick the faces of its dominant members.
“Wolf pups lick the mouths of adult wolves to trigger regurgitation of partially digested food. It’s part of the weaning process in which puppies transition from sucking their mother’s milk to eating partially digested food and finally, to eating solid food.1”