Reasons Why Does My Dog Lick My Hands

When you adopt a puppy, you can expect to have your hands and face licked a lot. It’s just what they do, and it’s usually accompanied by lots of tail wagging, excitable yelping, and even playful nipping.

So let’s take a look at some of the reasons and when you might want to take a closer look at their behavior.

Puppy Behavior


When they are young, dogs (and species of the dog family – wolves, foxes, etc.) constantly lick their mothers’ faces. It is believed that they do this to see whether she has food for them, presumably from a hunt.

Humans Taste Salty


The rather unromantic part of why dogs lick you is that you taste good. Humans are naturally salty to the tastebuds (yes, you are not sweet), and dogs’ heightened sense of taste seems to enjoy this.

Dogs Say Hello This Way


Aside from seeing you, they feel more comfortable the more senses they can engage. So smelling you and tasting you are all part of a greeting ritual that sets them at ease.

Dogs are Offering You a Refresher Lick


An additional theory states that dogs would lick and clean their pack when members returned to a group. In part, this may have been to show respect and obedience to pack leaders. In that way, it is showing you that you are the alpha.

What Dogs Find Out By Licking


When a dog licks your hand and smells it, he can run a background check on you, so to speak. What were you last touching and eating? When did you last travel to Europe? Ok, not that last one, but it can tell a lot nonetheless.

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