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    I was wondering this question last night.

    I was stroking Pippi's head and she was licking her lips...which going off some posts Ive seen here means she is uncomfortable. But, when I would stop, she would shove herhead back under my hand for more, and resume lip licking.

    And Ive also seen it posted, that dogs will lick lips when anxious, yet a way to calm them is to lick their lips??? Isnt that just sending them anxious messages?

    Interested in responses here just for curiousitys sake...

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    OMG...lmao, I just realised I typed Lick lipping LMAO LMAO LMAO

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    Thehehehe... I didn't even notice until you said

    Was often wondering the same thing. Nero licks his lips when I pat him or when I tuck him in (NO I am not ashamed to admit that I tuck him in when it's cold. He likes it and making sure he is warm and cosy has turned out to be a very helpful measure to prevent him from jumping up on the bed and working his way under the doona)

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    It is a calming sign...i do it to my dogs and they calm down.....But they will also lick to calm themselves and also when they are happy.
    So it is something you have to take in context........Dog is enjoying the petting, he is doing the licking as a positive, especially if he is looking at you.

    Dog is licking lips and looking away...Dog is trying to calm himself

    Dog is nervous anxious...Other friendly dog will lick lips to make dog feel less anxious....it is a whole world, dog calming signs and dog language...........I love it. I have been studying it for a long time now and it is one reason why I love going to the Kennel Club, with so many dogs. And so many dogs I have got to know, so I can read them better in different situations.

    Turid Rugaad is still the best, but Dr Sophia Yin uses it a lot too..........
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    I saw you on newfsie....and so was waiting for you to put something LOL.

    Yea, I thought context was th eimportant thing there. But just wondered due to some posts Ive seen

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    Lick lipping is often my saviour in behaviour training LOL...that and ignoring the dog. had a very aggressive little dog last Saturday....RSPCA foster carer said he flies at people and bites. "great" is what I thought. I got her to have him on lead in and out of the room a few times..everytime he was near me I ignored him and licked my lips. Everytime he pulled, I got her to take him out of the room saying nothing and ignoring him. On the fourth return, I asked her to unclip....i just kept talking to her ( no eye contact at all with the dog) and yawned/licked my lips......Dog cam to lie beside me, sighed and just chilled. We got 4 other RSPCA people to ring the bell come in. She would bring the dog in each time on lead...First person dog was taken out on lead twice....no one spoke or looked at the dog. here we are all chatting and licking our lips occasionally LOL. Every time dog was let off, he came to lie by someone calm.....Fourth person did not even have to have him on lead, he just sniffed and laid down. We will be doing this a few time and I have made some lifestyle changes for the dog too. i think he will be OK in the right home.
    We will teach him "place too and some focus training to round him off. he was just confused and allowed to do everything, he was the little Leader

    I have been using this a lot now.....And if i am happy that the dog is fear aggressive, I am happy to work with them this way...it takes some knowing dogs reactions and reading dogs, but i have had a lot of success with rescues doing this..........It does mean the dog needs to live with people who are happy to follow the "rules" and have some dog Savvy or at least a lot of help.

    I have quite a few of the older method trainers think I am a looney LOL, but they send me dogs....Go figure
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    OMG...lmao, I just realised I typed Lick lipping LMAO LMAO LMAO
    I knew what you meant!

    I've wondered about this too, sometimes when I give Harley smooches on his face he licks his lips. Or when anyone gives him a cuddle, he is getting them from his daddy now and is licking them.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Frosty does this a lot. When she's anxious, when she's greeting a new or excited dog, when she wants to make friends ie I'm no threat... gets combined with turning away, sniffing the ground, dropping, crawling then rolling over...

    And she licks her lips when she thinks she's getting something to eat. Or she wants something to eat. And when she's blissed out, eg eargasms come with licking.

    And she likes to lick my brother but that doesn't help calm him down at all.

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    Jodi does this a lot and stares adoringly. It mostly happens when I am in the loo doing number twos. I expect eye rolls and passing out but she only goes out when the toilet paper is reached for.
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    The 'lip licking' that newfsie is talking about in her example above - is very subtle - if you don't know what you are looking for - then you miss it completely. It is generally just a bit of tongue out of the lips of the dog and it is done really quickly. A lot of owners of dogs really do not see it.

    My pup has heaps of lip licking performances - some subtle and others really obvious. If I ask him if he is hungry - well I think I could use the lip licking to clean heaps of stuff !

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