Why does my dog lick me?

Have you ever sat and wondered what its like being a dog? Most dogs are instinctively happy. In domestic dogs, licking is a sign of affection. When dogs lick, their bodies they release endorphins. Endorphins give a dog a feeling of nurture and comfort.

If your dog is anything like mine, the highlight of his day seems to be when I arrive home. He rushes to the door, wagging his tail, jumps on my leg and greets me with lots of wet licks.

These wet licks mean exactly what you’ve probably been thinking they mean, that your dog loves you. A dog cannot communicate with words or hand signals. When he licks you, this is him saying “hello,  “I missed you”, “I love you”.

Licking, can also show submission in a dog. It’s a way he shows respect. You are his master, and he respects you, and he wants you to know it!

A dog’s natural instinct is to lick, it starts when they are newborn puppies. The mama dog licks her babies clean shortly after birth. She licks them to help urinate and eliminate waste. Have you ever watched a litter of puppies? The dominant puppies get licked by the smaller, or more submissive puppies. Dogs are pack animals and therefore each has a job in the pack. Some are dominant and some are submissive.

Dogs love their owners smell and the taste of their salty skin. So just remember the next time your dog comes to greet you with a nice wet lick, hes just saying ” I love you”, you should tell him you love him too.

Your Quick Fix to Wellness

We all know what it feels like to be thirsty. Did you know that by the time you experience the feeling of thirst your body is already dehydrated? Thirst is your body telling you it needs hydration. Your body is made up of 60% water. Water is needed for practically every organ in your body to work properly. Most of us stay dehydrated most of our lives.

Without water we will die! A person can only go a few days, a week at most without water.

Water prevents cancer! It reduces colan cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%, just to name a few.

Dehydration causes you to be grumpy and confused. Drink more water to have clearer, happier moods.

Drinking water reduces pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.

Water flushes out wastes and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to properly get rid of wastes and toxins in our body.

Water helps reduce blood pressure. Your blood needs water to flow freely through your cells. If not enough water, your blood becomes thick and sludgy and your heart has to work harder to pump the blood throughout your body. Its like drinking water out of a straw or honey out of a straw. Which flows easier?

Good quality drinking water is important in all aspects of wellness in one’s life. Whether it be stopping headaches or losing weight. Its my quick fix! Let it be yours too!