Why Does My Dog Like to Lick Inside My Mouth?

When dogs lick each other’s face, they’re not exactly kissing. It can be a sign of affection, but more likely, it’s a sign the licker wants to play or is busy setting the social order. Licking is the opposite of aggressive behavior, so get ready to enjoy some play.

Instinctively, she thinks it’s the adult dog‘s job to find food and bring it back for her to eat.

What happens if a dog licks inside your mouth?

You could get an upset stomach.. “Some of the bacteria is zoonotic, meaning the animals can pass them to humans and cause disease.” (Here’s what your dog’s health says about you.) Some common bacteria transmitted by dogs can lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Is it safe to let a dog lick inside your mouth?

So I shouldn’t let my dog lick me at all? … However, a dog’s saliva and pathogens can be absorbed more easily through the mucous membranes of a person’s nose, mouth and eyes. Though illnesses transmitted this way are rare, Dr. Kaplan said it was best to avoid having your dog lick those parts of your face.

Why does my dog keep licking my mouth and nose?

But with domestic dogs, it’s more a sign of affection. … Believe it or not, it’s not unusual for dogs to lick their owners on their noses and even nibble them there, too. It seems like this behavior closely resembles the mouth licking that wild pups exhibit towards their mothers and other members of their social group.”

Why do dogs put their face in your mouth?

Dogs have scent glands in their faces so when your dog nudges you with his head, he is marking you with his scent to signal other dogs to keep off. Rooted in most dog lovers’ belief that their dogs can empathize with their emotions could be yet another explanation.

Most dogs just try to go for the face or near the mouth/chin but my dog tries so very hard to get in the mouth or up the nose. We just got him so he’s learning that this isn’t okay but I just want to know what would make that so important to him? It seems pretty serious business to the guy.

The SF SPCA’s Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrinkat your service.

Instead of growling or snapping, there are dogs that show their discomfort of such a human in the face approach” by licking, the ears might go back and the tail is down.

Play Time

Whether dogs are meeting for the first time or already best buds, licking each other’s mouth is often a sign they are ready to play. It’s often combined with a wiggly booty and lowered front legs, signifying a desperate need to engage in something fun. If the dog being licked isn’t in the mood for play, it’s best to move the other pooch away before the licking can become obsessive; the other dog finds non-stop licking just as annoying as you do.

I’m Sorry

Dogs can get frustrated with each other, especially if one is more high-energy. The offending pooch can say she’s sorry with a gentle face lick. She usually comes in from below and licks the other dog‘s mouth, and she might raise a paw slightly, says the ASPCA. When the other dogs licks back, all is forgiven.


Social order is important in dog life. You should be the alpha dog, but they’ll create their own pecking order under your umbrella. Licking is often a sign of submission. A dog lower down the chain might greet one higher up the chain by licking her on the mouth. She also might roll over onto her back to express her submissiveness. Keep an eye on dogs when one is submissively licking; the dominant dog might get overexuberant and growl or snap at the submissive one.