For most of my life, I have had cats. I am very well aware of their habits, and the way they express themselves. Whenever I would pet a cat, their little gritty tongue would come out to lick my hand. Then, after about 5 minutes, they'd flip over, stop licking, and either bite or scratch me!! Good times!!
I always knew that dogs licked as a way of "kissing" us humans. But, it wasn't until I got my very first dog 14 months ago, that I realized the extent of their licking. Sure, they try to lick your face, but my PWD licks everything!! He licks our hands and feet, he licks the carpet. He licks the wall where it forms a corner. When he's lying on the floor and I'm petting him, he turns his head to the side and starts licking the floor.
Just yesterday, my family and I were sitting in the basement/family room. Hubby and son were watching a football game, and I was reading. My doggy was sitting on the carpet between us. He got up, walked over to hubby, and started licking his hands. After a few minutes, as hubby saw that doggy wasn't about to stop, he pushed the dog away in the direction of our son. The dog walked over to our son and started licking his head (son was sitting on the floor). After fighting off the dog who was licking his head, neck, ear and hair, son got up and sat on the couch.
This left me!
Doggy came over and started staring at me. I started petting his head and back until he plopped down on the floor and gave me his belly. While on his back, he turned his head to the side and started licking the carpet. At one point, he forgot I was petting him as he flipped over, and began to lick the carpet with a fierce intensity. I kinda poked him to snap him out of his licking frenzy. He then got up and started licking the seat of the couch that I was sitting on. I redirected his focus by giving him one of his chew toys. This listed for about 7 seconds as he dropped the chew toy and began to lick the leg of my pants.
So much licking??? What does he get out of this?? I've observed him in the park with other dogs and absolutely no licking goes on. When I walk him, he may lick the sidewalk occasionally but really nothing of note. He does tend to lick the grass in the morning, but that's only to lap up the morning moisture.
So, why the licking of humans, and everything humans own?? Only my little PWD knows the answer to that one!!
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