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How much licking (of you) do you tolerate/allow?

A number of things I've read state that a dog's licking of a human is an instinctive act of recognition of the pack leader. I'm sure it's individual choice, but how much, if any do you allow?

I'm not that comfortable being licked but want her to have a natural canid life to a certain point. Rory likes to lick my forearm in the morning and I could live without it.

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I don't mind Manny licking us but I hate when he licks someone I don't know. Maybe my OCD/germ phobia kicking in and afraid he's passing on other people's germs? He's a greeting licker but doesn't lick all the time which is fine with me. That little face gets pretty dirty after eating and who knows what he's eating when he goes outside. I do like a little "sugah" when he wakes up.
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I put up, with it, I figure it's part of our relationship, heck I could be dealing with worse. My two are major lickers, even my jacket covered arm. I don't mind them licking but am a little grossed out with face licking especially with Mae's snack choices.

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I don't mind them licking but am a little grossed out with face licking especially with Mae's snack choices.
I encourge Gibbs to "go kiss mommy" after he's been outside snacking.

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Having had medium sized to large dogs for the most part throughout my life, I have always discouraged most licking - just too much wet real estate yuck! So with Leo, though the licks are much smaller, I have continued the previous preference. The occasional quick lick is ok but I don't encourage lots of licking. Also since I take Leo to work with me often, I didn't really want him getting into the habit of lots of licking of people because folks he meets at the office have varying degrees of familiarity with dogs and since Leo isn't in the habit of licking people most everyone is comfortable around him. Some have even commented to me that they don't usually like to be around dogs because they don't like being licked but they like Leo because he doesn't try to lick them.


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I encourge Gibbs to "go kiss mommy" after he's been outside snacking.
I read that too quickly. I thought you said outside SMOkING.
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I discourage it for the same reasons as Leo's owner. My hav still does it a little bit, but not too much. I usually say "leave it" but in a kind voice and give him a friendly little pat. He reverts to nose bumping which I prefer!
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I'm in the no-lick camp ever since I saw him eating poop!! Lips that touch poop will never touch mine and all that!

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I have never liked getting licked all over, so have always discouraged it. (gently, by redirection… nothing more) As a result, Kodi rarely licks, and he NEVER kicks faces.

Every once in a while, when cuddling on the bed, he will very purposefully, hold down my arm or hand and CLEARLY be grooming it. (Even doing the little "teeth" thing they do) But this is rare, and kind of funny. If he started to do it with any frequency, we'd discourage that too.

That said, I don't think there is anything WRONG with people allowing licking if they are comfortable with it. It's a personal choice.


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I read that too quickly. I thought you said outside SMOkING.
The funniest visual we ever had was when we took Gibbs for a walk before teaching him "Leave It". We were walking down the street and he sniffed a discarded butt. He picked it up with his mouth, but didn't try to eat or chew it. He started to walk with it sticking out of his mouth. He picked it up the "correct" way, so the filter was between his teeth and was prancing down the street with a butt sticking out of his lips. I wish we had a camera because he looked like such the "bad a$$". Neither Dana nor I smoke, but it was funny to see. I tried to grab it before he attempt to eat it, but he started to chew on it as soon as we stopped walking. I'm on my knees trying to fish it out of his mouth. I got it before he swallowed, and "Leave It" training became an immediate priority.

I do wish someone had captured one of those "candid camera" moments because he looked like he knew what he was doing.

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