Do you ever wonder why dogs lick the muzzle of other dogs?
We all know one of the reasons – dogs lick as a sign of affection. But that’s only one of many reasons.
So, why do dogs lick the muzzle of other dogs?
Licking to respect rankings in the dog world
During an introduction, a timid and lower-ranking dog may lower his head, avoid eye contact and gently extend his tongue to lick the muzzle of a more dominant, confident, and higher-ranking dog.
The first dog licks the muzzle of the second dog to simply reconfirm that he comes in peace. You can think of this as the doggie equivalent of social kissing.
Dogs lick to show affection for each other
Dogs who are already friends also smooch. Two strongly-bonded canines may lick and groom each other. They give each other dog kisses to display their affection and friendship.
In this scenario, the dogs’ hierarchy is not an issue. These dogs know and trust each other. They look out for each other.
Excessive licking may actually be grooming
A dog who licks the muzzle of his canine pal excessively may be grooming his buddy.
The dog may also do this if the other dog has a cut or injury that may require medical attention.
What should you do when two dogs lick and kiss each other?
If it seems to be a safe and friendly interaction for both dogs, there is no need to interfere.
Sit back and enjoy this sweet display of canine friendship!