If you've got a dog, ever owned a dog or been in the company of a dog, it is no secret that sometimes they like to give you a little lick. Whether it be a couple on your arm, or a fully fledged face licking, there is actually a good reason behind why our furry friends do it.
According to Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet, you will often see puppies licking their mother's mouths. This is a kind of submissive gesture, which they carry over to their owners!
"The more subordinate members of a pack will lick the more dominant members and that's important in maintaining pack harmony," Victoria explains.
That's not the only reason dogs lick. Dogs definitely enjoy the salty taste of your skin, and you'll also be pleased to know that it's generally a sign of affection. Plus they also just enjoy it!
Victoria says, "Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress."
And if you are one of the few who don't enjoy getting the lickable love from dogs, then Victoria suggests simply ignoring the pup. If they aren't getting a positive reaction out of the licks, then they will usually give up.