Thought I'd start a new thread for this.
Cleasanta posted about Sumo and Ruby - Ruby licks Sumo in the ears so Ruby is Sumo's boss.
I've watched Frosty who is very keen on licking her friends. Especially when she meets them somewhere other than the usual dog park like if we meet by accident at the beach.Now...here is something I didn't know...he asked us...does any of your dogs lick the other dog in the ear? We said...yes, Ruby does that to Sumo all the time. He then said...then Ruby is the boss...no doubt. Sumo is excreting pheromones from his ears telling her that he is subordinate to her.....very interesting...you learn something new every day
She licks whatever bit of dog she can reach but mostly around the mouth of the other dog, which I interpret as meaning "really really pleased to see you, I am your humble grovelly friend".
I hadn't noticed specifically if any of her friends return the greeting by licking Frosty's ears, but I will pay more attention in future.
I was wondering what other people have noticed about who licks who and whether they're peers or boss-subordinate relationships.