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Does anyone know if one can get a rash from dog licking your face. I've had a rash on my chin and it's just unusual. Could it be from charley?

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Does anyone know if one can get a rash from dog licking your face. I've had a rash on my chin and it's just unusual. Could it be from charley?
I know that one of the allergens with both dogs and cats is saliva. So it's certainly possible that it's anallergic reaction. i'm not keen on "licky" kisses so I've never encoraged it. As a result, Kodi has developed other ways of showing his affection. Maybe you could do the same with Charley.


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Do a test , put some peanut butter on your arm and get him to lick it off. So long as you're not allergic to peanut butter .LOL Keep an eye on it to see if it turns red. I don't need to wash my face, Molly does it.

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Yeah, my first thought is an allergy to dog saliva.

I'm not a huge fan of major licking, but Brody didn't get that memo and he IS a fan!

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actually I used to be allergic to my poodle's saliva . Gave me really itchy eyes but I haven't had that with Charley. But I do have little red bumps on my chin area. I don't have them anywhere else even though he does lick my hands, arms, etc. I'm not certain they are from Charley but don't know what else they could be. I've put some hydrocortisone creme on them and I'll have to see what happens.

If it turns out they are from Charley it'll be difficult to get him to stop. I mean I really love his little kisses on my nose. Also, I wonder if I do stop him, will he develop other ways of showing affection? How???

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Face licking is somewhat important in that it is a greeting behavior. It's believed that canids as cubs or puppies used this face licking to prompt the parents to regurgitate food when they returned to the den. It's thought that it has morphed in todays dog as a greeting ritual . This is one reason why dogs jump up on people ,they are trying to reach our faces. In your case maybe you just need to mimimize it as much as possible. It's a form of neoteny from years ago and is an example of how dogs still retain certain primitive things from their ancestors. So maybe, no French kissing for you.

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actually I used to be allergic to my poodle's saliva . Gave me really itchy eyes but I haven't had that with Charley. But I do have little red bumps on my chin area. I don't have them anywhere else even though he does lick my hands, arms, etc. I'm not certain they are from Charley but don't know what else they could be. I've put some hydrocortisone creme on them and I'll have to see what happens.

If it turns out they are from Charley it'll be difficult to get him to stop. I mean I really love his little kisses on my nose. Also, I wonder if I do stop him, will he develop other ways of showing affection? How???
Nick Dodman, a nationally known DVM and animal behaviorist, says that licking is not, inherently, a sign of affection anyway. It can start as subservient behavior or as puppy/mother behavior. Then, if it is encouraged by a loving owner, it takes on meaning later on. Dogs don't lick each other out of affection. I can't find the article, but I bet Dave could.

Kodi does NOT lick, but shows his affection all the time... by wanting to be in my proximity, by resting his head on my foot, or on my arm when I'm driving, cuddling up against me in bed or on the couch, by wagging his tail at the mere sound of my voice!!! Another of his favorites is (when invited) to put his front feet up on my legs, and bury his head into my legs for "scritches!" It would be hard to miss all his affectionate gestures!


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Nick Dodman, a nationally known DVM and animal behaviorist, says that licking is not, inherently, a sign of affection anyway. It can start as subservient behavior or as puppy/mother behavior. Then, if it is encouraged by a loving owner, it takes on meaning later on. Dogs don't lick each other out of affection. I can't find the article, but I bet Dave could.

Kodi does NOT lick, but shows his affection all the time... by wanting to be in my proximity, by resting his head on my foot, or on my arm when I'm driving, cuddling up against me in bed or on the couch, by wagging his tail at the mere sound of my voice!!! Another of his favorites is (when invited) to put his front feet up on my legs, and bury his head into my legs for "scritches!" It would be hard to miss all his affectionate gestures!
yeah \|Karen I have that article ,but that is about another form of licking. Licking is a very complex behavior. I'll be back with that one just for interest sake here it is http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-your...ing/page1.aspx

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yeah |Karen I have that article ,but that is about another form of licking. Licking is a very complex behavior. I'll be back with that one just for interest sake here it is http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-your...ing/page1.aspx
Why do you think he's talking about another kind of licking? The article specifically is addressing face licking... I know licking, in a general way, is a very complex behavior. But we aren't talking about grooming, displacement, etc., here, but human FACE licking.

Here's what I think is the heart of what Dodman had to say:

"I don't believe dogs express their sometimes quite profound feelings for their owners by licking or "kissing." In fact, I don't believe dogs really "kiss" at all. Perhaps some dogs are so awed by their owners that they feel the need to signal their ongoing deference by face licking. Call it love, if you will.

One other thing we should always bear in mind is that any behavior can be enhanced learning. Psychologist BF Skinner immortalized the concept that reward increases the likelihood of a response. So it is with licking. If a dog licks his owner's face perhaps as a vestige of maternal lip licking, perhaps out of anxiety, or just because his owner's face tastes salty and his behavior is greeted with attention, hugs and (human) kisses, he will likely repeat the behavior in future. In such cases the dog learns just how to push he owners buttons and the owner becomes analogous to a vending machine."


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yeah Karen he does. mention it there. I just didn't remember it. Definitetly not always about affection. It can be learned or appeasement. Sometimes one never knows. I've read very different ideas on this. I tend to defer to the greeting when it's a familiar dog. I;ll look for another article that I haven't saved. But has some interesting ideas. I'm just not a fan of this individual ,as he is quite controversial.


here is LCK's article. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...o-dogs-kiss-us

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