Why Do Dogs Lick You? What Does That Mean?

Aulia Hafisa
Dog illustration (Blue Bird/Pexels)
Dog illustration (Blue Bird/Pexels) - Dogs are known as royal animals to their owners. If you have a dog, they will probably follow you wherever you go. Even when you come home, your dog will probably jump up and lick you. Have you ever thought, why do dogs like to lick their owners?

The same as barking, licking is also a dog's way of communicating with humans. They use their body to tell you how they feel. Apart from being an expression of joy, there are several other reasons why dogs like to lick their owners. 

Express an Affection

One of the most common reasons why dogs like to lick their owners is to show their affection because are the one who takes care of them.

When dogs lick, pleasurable endorphins are released into their bloodstream, making them feel calm and good. Dogs also tend to lick themselves because of the experience of their mother licking them when they were little. So, it's a dog's natural instinct to lick something they like or cares about.

You taste good

If your dog rarely shows affection, the reason they are licking you may be because you taste good.

Just as dogs lick food, bowls, and other items that once contained their favorite food, some dogs enjoy the salty taste of their owner's skin.

To Attract Attention

Dog illustration (Muhannad Alatawi/Pexels)
Dog illustration (Muhannad Alatawi/Pexels)

Dogs are intelligent animals and they may use their tongue to get your attention.

When your dog licks you, you may tend to respond by giving them attention and petting them. Well, the animal learns that licking is a good way to get your undivided attention.


Licking is also a way for dogs to tell their owners that you are superior to them and as a sign of obedience.

Signs of Health Problems

Sometimes, licking can also be a sign of a health problem. Note that if your dog licks themselves, you, or other objects excessively, it may be a sign of anxiety or boredom. It can also be a sign of allergies or other health problems.

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