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Licking when exited?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by PoisonGirl, Jul 31, 2009.


  1. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

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    I thought licking was a sign of stress or being uncomfortable or unsure??

    If you get Dixie exited, the tongue comes out. Every time.
    My Oh comes in from work and sais ''Hello Dixie' she licks any part of his skin he can reach.
    If you get her exited when you are sitting down she tries to lick your face!

    I have taught her 'Licky-Licky' ' she will lick someone on command, I thought this might help, as the stop command is 'No lick' or 'stop' but it seems her tongue has a life of its own and is almost like she cannot control it!

    Now Dave is not a licky dog atall. I cannot understand why Dixie just Has to lick??

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  2. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Where did you hear that licking was a sign of being unsure or stressed?? Definately not true! Dogs lick us when they are happy and excited to see us! (or in Alfies case, if he's not getting any attention lol)
     
  3. PoisonGirl

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    I know that dogs lick there lips when they are stressed.
    I had not heard that they lick when they are happy too.

    Any advice how to stop her licking as much?

    She also licks to get my attention, if I am at the pc.

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  4. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Personally, I like them licking!

    I suppose you could coat yourself in horrible tasting stuff lol and then she'll soon stop when she realises you taste vile.
     
  5. Colliepoodle

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    I'm confused - are you asking about lip-licking or licking humans? You mention both.

    Yes, lip-licking can be a sign of stress. Excitement is a form of stress :)
     
  6. Nonnie

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    Inhibited licking is a sign of submission/stress/anxiety. Bit like yawning.

    Licking of people is different. Some dogs will do it as a form of submission, and it can be related to stress, being a way of appeasing the owner. Some dogs just like doing it. Both of mine are lickers. Neither are stressed or anxious, they just enjoy it. Especially when you've just moisturised :rolleyes:
     
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    Bailey love licking people, especially visitors lol.
    But I can ask for kisses and he licks me.
    x
     
  9. Lucyab

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    Alfie loves licking me and anyone else for that matter. I personally find it quite endearing. He especially loves licking my ears for some reason (they're clean before you ask!!!).

    I always say, "YES, LOVE YOU TOO" when he does it.

    JEEEEEEEEZZZZ, when did I turn soft????
     
  10. sammyben

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    Sammy is a licker lol. Although I don't let him lick my face and have also warned the kids not too either, but my hubby lets him lick his face...minger :D:D
     
  11. Burrowzig

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    It's quite normal for dogs to lick humans as a greeting. It's supposed to go back to dog pack rituals when the pack returns to the pups who were left at the den - the pups lick at the faces of their parents to get them to regurgitate food for them, or when separated pack members get together again they can do a similar licky greeting.
     
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