Licks (Dog Kisses)
Yuck! Dog kisses.
Some people react like Lucy in the Peanuts comics “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”
Fortunately most people are more accepting of affectionate dog slobbering even if it is a bit disgusting.
The proper way to think about it is in the context of your relationship.
We know that when dogs are brought to hospitals and nursing homes for visits the humans who pat and stroke the dogs respond with brighter outlooks and lower blood pressure. The dogs love it, too. The benefits of this affection seem to be greater for the giver than the recipient. As much as your dog loves the tenderness and attention, you gain more.
Now think of the reverse. Your dog can’t pat and stroke you, at least not without scratching you. The way your dog reciprocates is with its tongue. To your dog it is perfectly natural and would welcome a show of affection in that form from you. So, close your eye and close your mouth and let your dog lick your face. Give your dog the same good feeling you get when you pat and stroke your dog. You will be adding to your dog’s happiness while making another connection to its heart.
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