I have been counting my dog's licks. There are a lot of them.

- A standard chop-lick, usually used when expecting food. - A submissive lick. This is much more subdued.
- A lick-lick, like when he is licking my hand.
- A lap-lick, like when he is drinking water
There are a lot of them.
I have been counting my dog's licks. There are a lot of them. - A standard chop-lick, usually used when ... he is licking my hand. - A lap-lick, like when he is drinking water There are a lot of them.

Greeting licks and sniffing licks, comfort licks... air licks...
I have been counting my dog's licks. There are a lot of them. - A standard chop-lick, usually used when ... subdued. - A lick-lick, like when he is licking my hand. - A lap-lick, like when he is drinking water

The stealth lick. Your dog KNOWS you don't want to be kissed in the mouth, so he looks at something on your chest. You look, too, and get FRENCH kissed by your dog. EWW... PTUI!!!
The toe slurp. Fresh-out-of-shoes feet, dog who loves them. Sounds like a malfunctioning water pump. Weird to get 2 or 3 of them at it at the same time. Thought about opening a spa.
The healing lick. What dogs sometimes do to scabs and other wounds. It's a very soft, gentle lick given to a human wound, that stops halfway into the lick like a warm, wet compress. See "spa" comment above.

The girl-to-girl French kiss. My female ACD and PB do this - facing each other, heads cocked at 90-degree angles. They deeply lick the insides of each others' mouths simultaneously. Still don't know what that's all about. Otherwise, they're rather cool toward each other, or they play bitey-face.

The If-It-Feels-Good lick. My spayed girl PB and intact male ACD do this - to themselves. Need I say more?
The air-suck lick. My dogs only do this while dreaming. Tongue out, making little sucking sounds - "tu-tu-tu-tu-tu..."

Tracy
The air-suck lick. My dogs only do this while dreaming. Tongue out, making little sucking sounds - "tu-tu-tu-tu-tu..."

There's a similar lick that can be provoked by petting a dog's forehead. Really cute, with a goofy look of contentment and rhythmic little air licks. I think it's the memory of suckling at the teat.

Try it. Rub gently and repetitively, nose to ears, on the center of the forehead, just above the eyes. It works on every collie I know, and at least one GSD. The actual spot varies a little, of course.

Mary

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There's a similar lick that can be provoked by petting a dog's forehead. Really cute, with a goofy look of ... It works on every collie I know, and at least one GSD. The actual spot varies a little, of course.

I do that to my Beagle and he falls asleep in a matter of seconds.

-Sunny
There's a similar lick that can be provoked by petting ... one GSD. The actual spot varies a little, of course.

I do that to my Beagle and he falls asleep in a matter of seconds. -Sunny

We rub from between the ears to the bridge of the nose, against the grain of the fur. That does elicit some sleepy air licks, gives doggies a little spiked 'do and generally puts them to sleep.
I do that to my Beagle and he falls asleep in a matter of seconds. -Sunny

We rub from between the ears to the bridge of the nose, against the grain of the fur. That does elicit some sleepy air licks, gives doggies a little spiked 'do and generally puts them to sleep.

I have to laugh at my Regie's thank you lick, does this almost every night. After he eats his dinner he walks over to me, and gives me two or three "thank you" licks on the hand, and then walks away and lays down. I always say, "your welcome" as that's all I can figure out he's doing.
But he also does the air licks when I hit the right spot, and if I really hit a good spot he lays on his back and smiles.