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 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 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

Your dog may, in effect, be offering its intuitive form of a refresher towel when you get home. Also, to find out what you were eating.


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.

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