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Why does my dog lick my arm?

asked 2017-05-28 15:47:59 -0500

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Your arm may have a salty flavor from sweat which appeals to your dog. Your dog may be grooming you - an act of love

Nancy M.'s profile image Nancy M.  ( 2017-06-01 08:27:55 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-06-01 22:09:12 -0500

Your dog is probably just showing affection and grooming you.

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answered 2017-06-02 10:49:24 -0500

Licking is appeasement behavior in dogs.

You may notice that when dogs meet, some may put their ears down and lick the mouth or chin of other dogs? This is a signal that says things like, "I am a puppy, don't hurt me" "You are the boss" "I worship you"

It's like groveling.

Dogs often do it if they feel we are mad.

It's not like human smooching.

If you have a dog who licks a LOT, all the time, then it may be your dog is lacking confidence. Laughing and shooing the dog away is the best way to deal with it. You want your dog to feel more comfortable with you, like she or he does not have to constantly worship you. That is a more healthy relationship. You can work on building your dog's confidence, and re-direct with chew toys or playing a game or going for walks...after the dog backs off, sits, or ceases the licking...you have to be careful that you don't reward licking.

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That's disgusting. They're not grovelling. They're showing you're in charge. That's not the same thing. And you don't laugh at them for anything. They're showing love and affection. If they like it, let them do it. There's no harm in it, and they also like the salt on your skin.

Ben T.'s profile image Ben T.  ( 2017-09-11 11:22:58 -0500 ) edit

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