Share this Story

25 Random dog behaviors explained

Jana Randall is a busy mother, loving wife, and active career woman from Arizona. In her free time, Jana writes to cover topics on home, living, and pets, while also working full time and blogging. As interests, Jana enjoys reading, wr...

Fido's quirks

Your dog probably has a lot of weird behaviors. Learn why he does them and where he learned them with this list of 25 random dog behaviors explained.

25

Licking

licking dog

Image source: freja_chandreisa

Think of licks as merely "doggie kisses?" Well, you could be wrong. Puppies are licked immediately out of the womb by their mother, who licks off the excess goo from birth and continues the tradition to groom the pups. As dogs get older, they recognize the licking behavior as a sense of dominance. Your kisses are to show that they know you're the boss and they like it that way.

<< Previous: Howling | Jump to: Pet me, please | Up next: Begging >>

More on dog behavior

Top baffling dog behaviors explained
Dog behavior: What is my dog trying to tell me?
10 Healthy tricks for your dog's body and mind

25 of 25
Recommended for You
Comments
Hot
New in Pets & Animals
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!