Reasons Why Do Dogs Stick Their Tongue Out

The internet loves a video of a dog with their tongue sticking out. It’s cute, it’s quirky, and it gives your pet a fun personality online.

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There are a couple of reasons why your best furry friend may leave their tongue sticking out, even when they’re not actively licking you. Here are some of the most common ones. 

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They’re Too Hot

If your canine buddy’s mouth is open and his tongue is hanging while they pant, there’s a good chance they’re hot.


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They’re Relaxed

A tongue hanging out can be an indication that your furball is extremely relaxed or comfortable. Some dogs get uber relaxed when they sleep, or even if they’re just chilling beside their favorite person, and their tongue lolls accordingly. 




Yes, you read that word correctly. Sometimes your canine companion will lift their cheeks to get a better sense of a smell.



When a new medicine is introduced to a dog, any number of possible side effects can occur. One of them just might be a lolling tongue.

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Dental Issues

If your dog’s tongue is hanging out of its mouth, some toothy abnormalities may be to blame. If one or a few teeth have rotted away or broken off due to severe dental disease, there’s no structure to keep the tongue inside the mouth.

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