Well well well, it seems like you’ve got yourself a slobbering, affectionate puppy that just can’t seem to get enough of your face. Whether you’re trying to watch TV or get some work done, your puppy’s tongue just won’t quit. So, what’s the deal with all this licking?
Let’s start with the basics. Puppies use their mouths to explore their surroundings from a very young age. As they grow and develop, licking becomes a natural way for them to investigate and interact with their world. When your puppy licks you, it’s essentially their way of saying “hello” and getting to know you.
But why all the excess licking? Well, for starters, your puppy is likely seeking your attention and affection. Dogs are social animals that thrive on human interaction, and licking is a way for them to connect with you. Plus, let’s be real, who doesn’t love a little slobbery affection every now and then?
Another reason your puppy might be licking you is that they’re trying to communicate their emotions. Just like humans, dogs have a variety of ways to express themselves, and licking is one of them. If your pup is feeling anxious, scared, or stressed, they may resort to licking as a way to calm themselves down and seek reassurance from you.
Now, before you start feeling completely overwhelmed by all the licking, know that there are some things you can do to help manage the behavior. One option is to redirect your puppy’s attention to something else when they start licking you. This could be a toy, a treat, or anything else that they find interesting. This will help them learn that licking isn’t the only way to get your attention and affection.
Another tactic is to simply ignore the behavior. Yes, you heard that right. Sometimes, the best way to discourage unwanted behavior is to give it no attention at all. So, if your puppy starts licking you excessively, try turning away and ignoring them until they calm down. This will teach them that licking isn’t an effective way to get what they want.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that your puppy is just trying to show you love and affection. While it can be frustrating at times, it’s all part of the wonderful, slobbery journey of owning a dog. So, embrace the kisses, embrace the licks, and embrace the love that your puppy has for you. Just maybe keep a towel handy to wipe off the excess drool.