The Opster in a face-licking frenzy. You can reduce all this to doggie instinctive behavior or anything else you want but I feel the love flowing from the little Spud, when he’s doing this or many other of his magical things.
Scientific analysis can never account for the universal constant of love, across species, across time, across whatever gulfs separate us. For me, Opie’s “kisses” are just that. And I welcome each and every sloppy one of them.
Here’s what someone else had to say about the meaning of dog licks:
when it is inappropriate, and before it becomes an obsessive behavioral problem.
Types of messages
When dogs lick, it’s important for you to understand what your puppy or dog may be trying to communicate.
- “You have returned from the hunt safely…what did you bring me?”
- “Are you as happy to see me, as I am to see you!”
- “I need some consoling and reassuring.”
- “I’m sad because you’re upset.”
- “I submit.”
- “You’re hurt; here let me fix it.”
- “I’m depressed, or lonely and I need your attention.”
- “I have put my scent on you. You are mine, all mine!” Let’s face it, licking sure beats the alternative scent marking method.
Bottom line: Dogs lick as a way to communicate with their people. It’s up to you to understand what they are trying to say.