Is your dog a licker? I have two lickers in my home, one that is obsessed with licking his stuffed animals and one that licks people. I always thought this crazed licking must mean something, because Bruce Lee is not actually eating the stuffed animals, he is simply licking them. He goes into a trance-like state, closes his eyes and licks away . . . until he falls asleep. He does this day and night. Rocco Jet licks in two different ways, when he is showing that he is thankful for food time, he will give me a couple licks as a “Thank You” when I am preparing his food, and also like Bruce Lee, he will our lick legs and arms with the same trance-like state, until he falls asleep too. It appears as if this is a kind of endorphin releasing trance they both love, relaxes them, gives them pleasure and a strong sense of comfort and security.
Reasons dogs lick:
1. As a submissive gesture. Wild dogs lick the more dominant dog.
2. To sense the feelings of the person they are licking, some dogs pick up on a persons feelings from just one lick.
3. To show their owners that they are happy.
4. To enter a trance-like state of pleasure, which releases endorphins and helps them to completely relax.
If your dog is a licker, it’s important to purchase organic, all natural toys for your dog to lick. The last thing you want is your dog getting toxic poison from cheap dog toys. Also, if your dog licks people, be cautious of what you put on your skin. Moisturizers and creams can have ingredients in them which can make your dog very sick, especially bug repellant sprays and sunscreens. As a precaution, if you have a licker, the best practice is to shower off any traces of these products before your dog licks you.