While licking is one of the ways your dog communicates through, it is hard to determine the exact meaning behind the behaviour. Are they signs of excitement, or should you be worrying about the around-the-clock wet kisses? Today, we attempt to decipher the meaning behind your furkid’s licks.A Sign of Affection
Although licking can be a habitual behaviour, this action also triggers the production of endorphin hormones responsible for your dog feeling happy and relaxed. If they feel secure and cared for every time they see you, licking is just one way for them of displaying affection.A Way of Seeking Attention
In addition to wagging its tail and barking, licking is one of the ways your dog calls for your attention. Dogs too can feel lonely or neglected, so they may feel neglected every time you head out of the house without them. When your dog licks possessively, it is good to show concern and return the affection by rubbing or patting him.A Sign of Submission
Just like other animals, licking can be a sign of submission. By licking you, your dog is trying to reassure you that it respects your authority. It will also behave this way with other members of your family it is fond of and respects. After all, you never see a dog licking a dangerous house robber, do you?Making Friends
A dog uses its sense of smell and taste to identify things or people, and licking is one of the ways to which it does so. In short, dogs lick people to get acquainted with them. That’s probably why your dog is so friendly with the people at the mobile pet grooming store and pet boarding stores.An Acquired Trait
This behaviour starts early on – the more you encourage it, the more your puppy will lick everything it sees. Therefore, it is possible to control this behaviour by modifying your response towards the licks. If you wish for your pet to calm down, never punish it for licking. Rather, just ignore it or leave the room, and the situation should improve in time.A Sign of Behavioural Disorder
Constant licking can be a sign of boredom or anxiety, but it is best to visit a vet in Singapore to discuss the behaviour. Extreme and frequent licking can be symptoms of an allergy or gastrointestinal upset, so don’t dismiss your pet as being over-friendly! In addition to visiting the vet, do also consider taking your furry pal to a hydrotherapy session, to alleviate the potential stress that it may be facing.