By Chuck Woodbury
My dog, Archie, likes to lick my face. I try to avoid letting him do that knowing where his face has been, specifically his mouth. This morning, for example, he brought me a body part of a dead rabbit. He wasn’t actually bringing it to me, but for himself. Not sure what he would do with it. Because Archie is driven by smell, the dead animal must have had an appealing aroma.
But I digress. Here, from the website Quora.com is the reason (or at least one reason) why dogs like to lick our faces:
“A wild or feral dog, and some house dogs as well, when weaning their pups from milk to solid food, begin by regurgitating chewed up food for them. Hungry puppies will lick their mom’s face to stimulate them to regurgitate. That’s where the face licking instinct begins. Obviously, your dog is not licking your face for the same reason, but that early instinct gets tied up in a love bond and knowing that humans have taken on the mom’s role of loving and caring and providing for them. That lick is their way of expressing that they know that, and love you for it.
“One of my dogs always gives a quick lick of my wrist whenever I pour fresh water in his bowl. It’s his adorable little ‘thank you’.”