Why do dogs lick your face?


There is nothing quite like lying down on the couch after a long day at work and having your dog instantly jump on you and lick you all over your face acting as if they haven’t seen you in months. But you can’t help but wonder…..are they doing this because they missed me? Or is it because of something else? Of course we all want to think that it’s purely out of love, but that is not always the case.




So what is it that makes dogs want to give you those big sloppy kisses?

We taste good

It may sound funny, but one of the reasons why dogs like to lick our face is because it smells good to them. The salt on our skin is what is enticing to them. They may also smell food particles that are left on our face after eating something.

They are hungry

Animals rely on their owners for everything because they are selfless creatures and it is our job to take care of them on a daily basis. We need to walk them, bathe them, feed them and give them love. One of the signs of showing that they are hungry around dinner time is giving us sloppy wet kisses. They are trying to tell us that they are in need of something. If you think about it, puppies lick their mothers lip’s to stimulate a regurgitation reflex so they can eat the food their mothers vomit. It is how they were raised to ask for food. So when your pup is licking your face around supper time you know it’s time to get up and fill that bowl with their favorite meal.

It gives them pleasure

A lot of people may not know this but the act of licking actually sends endorphins through a dog’s body and gives them a sense of comfort and security. It’s almost like hugging for humans it gives us a warm comforting feeling.

They respect you

Your dog respects you….you are his/her leader. Wild dogs use face licking to communicate respect for and submission to their pack leader. When your dog licks your face, he or she may be communicating that they acknowledge you as the dominant pack leader.


 At the end of the day, your dog loves you, you are his person. And because they can’t talk to you, the only way they can show that to you is by loving on you and giving you those big kisses. In fact, when puppies are with their littermates they lick each other to strengthen the family bond. So when a dog is licking your face, it’s because they are trying to get closer to you and to show you how much they love and respect you.