Why do dogs lick on people?

Just curious is it out of love or the salt in our skin?

Asked by Member 1067181 on Oct 29th 2011 in DogsterPlus
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NO, here is why
1.Some people say the dog’s licks are canine kisses that prove the dog likes or loves you. Fido is showing you that he cares about you. While this may be one reason that dogs lick people, it is clearly not the only reason why they perform this act.
2.Another theory is that dogs lick you because they were taught to do so by their mother from birth. Female dogs that give birth lick the new puppies to stimulate them to start breathing and to clean them up. Licking is important to the survival of puppies. The licking process is a natural instinct that they quickly learn from their mothers.
3.Licking is also a submissive gesture. In the wild, the more subordinate dogs will lick the more dominant ones. This helps to maintain harmony among the members of the pack. By licking you, the dog is showing you that you are the dominant being and you are in charge.

4.Another reason that dogs lick humans is to gather information about them. Dogs use the scent receptors located in their

Romeo answered on 10/29/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Ahh, Romeo. It is illegal to copy someone else's information and post it without listing who the author is and where you found it.
It is called plagiarizing, and the definition from Webster's dictionary is: : "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source" OR ": to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source".
While it is lots of fun to answer people's questions on here you need to remember that even though this is just an internet forum, the rules to what you can and cannot write still apply and you never know when the original author of what you copied will read it and cite you for using it without permission.
As for the answer...kissing and/or licking out of love is a human emotion and dogs, as much as we may disagree, are NOT human. Usually it is a submissive dog behavior which we have rewarded in the past and thus trained our dog to do.

Member 641257 answered on 10/30/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


What makes you think he plagirized it?

Cookie answered on 11/24/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer