why do pugs lick their noses so much

( Sorry jess0620, it probably will not stop. P I too thought my puga had a problem with his teeth and turns out, he just licks and so do alot of pugs. P Puga also just licks the air, nothing else, just licks, however, i find that when I am watching TV I tune it out and don't even notice it. P He is always in my lap when I am sitting on the couch and I used to wish he would stop, however, now I just see it as part of my pugaboo and love it. P I also noticed that my other pug, Aubie, has a more smushed in face and not so long tongue and he does not lick, just gives kisses.


P Does your pug have a nose and big tongue??? P I personally think that may have something to do with it, not for sure just what I have noticed.
Unless you re dangling a treat over his head or he s sitting in front of his food dish, the lip licking you see Fido offering is very likely dog talk. The lip lick is yet another part of the dog vocabulary as observed and researched by Turid Rugaas, which she calls a calming signal.


This is not to be confused with the licking that your dog does when self bathing or giving you (or a complete stranger) some affection and loving. Lip licking is a quick flick of the tongue. Some lip licks can be more exaggerated (over the nose! ) and others are a very tiny flip of the tongue. My observation with my own dog is that she offers softer, more subtle lip licks when she is reasonably relaxed and trying to keep calm. She offers a subtle lip lick when she receives an extended petting session from me.


She offers more exaggerated nose licks when very excited. For example, when I first come home after being away and when we are waiting to do something, like waiting in a line (can we move!? ) or in the vet s office. I know I ll get to lick the vet tech s face, but what is that thing they do to take my temperature!? She s anxious in the environment. At home, if I call her to her feet from lying down (because a toddler is perhaps racing around), she licks her lips as she approaches me.


In the video below, it is very clear this dog is feeling anxious with the owner s interaction. Perhaps part of this is the camera? To me, it appears that he is guarding the blue toy under him and uncomfortable with the owner coming closer to him or his toy. This dog is stressed and the owner should stop pushing him past his level of comfort. It s certainly not cute as the title of the video suggests.


His body is a bit stiff, his neck outstretched and lowered a bit, and he also offers head turns and whale eye (and more, but we just haven t covered them yet! ). In the photo below, one of my company s dog walkers, Anne, needs to get a bit snuggly with one of our furry clients. This is very out of context for Clyde. He is used to walking briskly with Anne, not stopping and being affectionately mauled by her. We did two shots and I called it quits as he was clearly not happy.