jrt obsessively licking dh's face, why?

(10 Posts)
ancientbuchanan Thu 12-Jun-14 23:35:10

That's it, really. We got jrt when he was 5 months and he Is affectionate beyond anything. But what he really loves is licking DH's face, when allowed.

Why?

SpicyPear Fri 13-Jun-14 07:44:41

It can be an excited/affectionate thing but it's also an appeasement behaviour. It's possible that in his early months he learnt to be a bit nervous of men - for example was shouted at - so does this to appease your DH.

nooka Fri 13-Jun-14 08:03:11

Our dog licks my dh's face. Sometimes quite obsessively, especially behind his ears. There is no way I would ever let the dog do that but dh quite likes it I think. Mostly it's love, but when he gets told off for biting he gets especially keen, so there is definitely some appeasement going on too.

ancientbuchanan Fri 13-Jun-14 08:54:24

Interesting. He was the last of the litter to go, and I think they'd kept him a bit separate to try to avoid too much bonding.

I can see times when it is appeasement, now you mention it.

I too dislike it, but DH seems to enjoy.

nooka Fri 13-Jun-14 16:25:01

Oh and yes to say we've had our dog since he was eight weeks. He was a rescue puppy, but arranged pre-pups so I assume the owner of his mum was getting advice from the shelter. He is a bit of a bag of nerves though!

ancientbuchanan Fri 13-Jun-14 17:20:47

Ours is jumpy. I think separating him from his mum early on while she was around didn't help. And I think.he may have been bought and them returned. Not sure. But he is the most affectionate, adored, pampered pooch imaginable

Puppies lick their mother's face and neck - particularly around the mouth as stimulantion to encourage regurgitation.

I currently have a litter of eight and mum has decided it's time for them to cut down the amount of boob they get and is (if I don't get there in time) regurgitating for the pups as an instinctive response to their face licking.

It's also an appeasement/affection action as explained above.

ancientbuchanan Sun 15-Jun-14 21:33:38

He seems to like DH's nostrils...

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sun 15-Jun-14 22:21:29

Is your dh a bit sweaty? Perhaps it's a bit like a salt lick? grin

RandomMess Sun 15-Jun-14 22:25:14

Ewwwwwwwwwwww it's just gross isn't it! Be thankful it's dh he wants to slobber over rather than you!

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