by Dawn Watson
Most humans think that a lick from a dog is the same as a kiss from a human. While this might be a fun way to think it is probably incorrect.
If you consider the theory of dogs being descendants of wolves, you can see why a wolf would want his territory to be easily identified by other wolves. The pack will fiercely defend its territory against predators, ensuring that pups are safe and the pack remains intact. If no markings are present, other predators will invade the territory and over-take it.
Dogs will instinctively mark objects or territories they consider their own: toys, people, beds, areas in the home. If you work with them long enough you will probably be able to limit their marking to the outdoors. However, a dog that constantly licks its human owner may be subtly indicating separation anxiety (fear of abandonment). Likewise, if you offer your face for a ‘kiss’ the dog
will respond by ‘marking’ your face by licking you! While this isn’t as much fun as thinking you’ve just been kissed, it’s probably a more correct explanation.
Did you know that Brother of the Wolf offers Canine Good Citizen certification and Puppy Aptitude Testing as well as Therapy Dog certification? Call or email for more information.
On Wednesday, June 17 we will be offering discount nail clipping for dogs under 35 pounds! $5.00 between noon and 5 PM! Call for appointment!
Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language