Most experts believe dogs lick for many reasons. Unless it disturbs you, licking is usually not a major behavior issue. Knowing why your dog licks may alter your opinion.
There's a good chance your dog is licking you to show their affection. It's why many people equate them with kisses. Licking is a natural action for dogs.
Dogs may lick to grab your attention. It usually begins as a display of love and is reinforced by a chuckle, smile, or caressing.
Dogs may lick you due to their instincts. Wolves and wild dogs' puppies lick their parents' lips after eating. Wolves regurgitate hunted meat for pups to devour.
Another reason dogs lick: to taste you. Once that dog licks you, they may notice your salty taste. Interesting tastes delight dogs. Licking helps your dog explore. You're in that world.
Rarely, a dog licking you might suggest a problem. Know the symptoms to help your dog feel better.
Although it's rare, dogs can lick because they suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, often brought on by prolonged stress and anxiety.
Let your dog kiss you—it's typically harmless. Contrary to popular belief, dogs' lips are not cleaner than humans'. Naturally occurring germs in dogs' mouths make bites deadly.