Why do dogs like to lick people’s faces so much? This is one dog behavior
It’s best to put a stop to excessive canine licking before it becomes a habit.
Face Licking In Dogs Is Instinctive Behavior
In the wild, puppies lick the faces of adults so they can get fed. You probably don’t know that young dogs can’t digest meat well. Once they’re weaned, this would be a problem, except that nature provides it’s own version of puppy chow.
When the pup licks her mom or dad’s face, this stimulates a regurgitation reflex in the adult. The pup is able to digest this meat, since it’s already partially digested. Aren’t you glad you can go to the store to buy dog food?
Dogs will also lick each other to show their respect, especially if the other dog is the pack leader. Although you may think face-licking is gross, it’s good to know that your dog is showing you that she considers you her pack leader.
Many dogs also express affection by face licking, especially if you’ve been gone for a while. She’s reassuring herself that everything is still OK in her world.
How Can I Stop My Dog From Licking My Face?
Since most people would rather not have a dog plant a big wet one on their mouths, you need to teach your dog you don’t like it.
First, don’t punish your dog for licking your face. This is a natural thing for her to do, and punishing her will only hurt and confuse her.
When your dog starts to lick your face or mouth, simply say, “no lick,” and get up and walk away. Totally ignore her for a couple of minutes. Don’t look at her or talk to her. Your dog wants your attention. If you withdraw it, she’ll learn that if she licks your face, you won’t pay attention to her. And if she doesn’t get your attention for doing it, she’ll stop.
Be sure that everyone in the household is on the same page. If your kids think having your dog lick their faces is great fun, and they continue to allow him to do it, you’ll never get him to stop doing it. Being consistent is the key to successful companion dog training.