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15 Oct 2019


Handy Hints with Dr Harry: Why dogs lick


Why do dogs lick? Well it’s all to do with pecking order. If one wolf became separated from the pack and (then) came back into the pack, it would immediately go up to the leader of the pack and lick the inside the lip, so actually licking the gum - that’s the first thing. Second, it would lick the ears. Thirdly, it would roll over and expose its belly. This is a normal dog behaviour, as per the wolf.

Some dogs will lick you, don’t worry about it, it’s a term of affection. Dogs that do a lot of licking, licking you - particularly they love to lick your feet or lick your face, just as they would do if it was another dog. I find that to be normal behaviour.

"Some dogs will lick you, don’t worry about it, it’s a term of affection.”

Dr Harry Cooper


Dogs that lick a lot are generally very subservient dogs. These are dogs that are very highly unlikely to bite you. And sometimes they’re a little bit anxious too. Don’t get overwhelmed, just tell them no. And one little trick that works better than everything else... perfume. Dogs and cats don’t like perfume. It's not the smell, it’s the alcohol it's dissolved in, they don’t like that.
 

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Benefits are subject to the terms and conditions including the limits and exclusions of the insurance policy. Cover is issued by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd ABN 78 090 584 473 AFSL No. 241436 (Hollard). Woolworths Group Limited ABN 88 000 014 675 AR No. 245476 (Woolworths) acts as Hollard’s Authorised Representative. Any advice provided is general only and may not be right for you. Before you purchase this product you should carefully read the Product Disclosure Statement to decide if it is right for you.

Any general advice provided by Dr Harry Cooper in relation to Woolworths Pet Insurance is provided as an Authorised Representative of Hollard through an arrangement with Woolworths AR No. 1000933