Why Your Pug Licks Your Face -What Can You Do About It?

 why your Pug licks your face

Hello, everyone thanks for visiting. Perhaps you are wondering why your Pug licks your face and what can be done about it?

Many of us find a Pug puppy's licks a little off putting. Our tongues are useful for eating ice-cream or licking icing sugar out of the bowl. We are not inclined to greet a guest with a long lingering lick on the face.

A pug uses her tongue to investigate her surroundings. As a matter of fact, to a dog, tongues are as essential as our hands and eyes.

There is nothing to be worried about. The odd lick from that warm, moist tongue on your hands or face is something that you can put up with.

If you’re concerned about hygiene, don’t worry too much. If you're in good shape and your little associate is receiving proper care including regular deworming you're quite safe.

In fact, I usually find it sort of cute. Of course, she’s been taught not to overdo it. She’s a pug and has to be constantly reminded.

Pugs do tend to take things a bit far, and that’s when problems start. Not many people enjoy being attacked by a wet, agile, sand papery tongue.

why your Pug licks your face

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

why Your pug licks Your face?

It's Puppy Love


Pug puppy parents are used to getting dog drool on their collar. There’s not much you can do about gluey patches of drool on your freshly laundered shirts. When you get to work, the physical evidence of your little partners affection is there for all to see.

When she plants in a lick on your ear from her vantage point in the back seat on the way to the dog park. Or jumps up and smothers you with friendliness when you come home from the office that’s “Puppy love.”

Your dog respects you.

Pugs are pack animals and they naturally follow an established social order. When your puppy licks your face, she may be communicating that she acknowledges you as the pack leader.

Licking is entirely natural for a little pug and it begins in puppy-hood. The mother licks her pups to communicate with them and to groom them.

She thinks you taste good


Pugs find something tasty about your salty skin. They find taste particularly comforting because it comes from somebody they love.

 why your Pug licks your face

It's a way to get your attention

Whether you respond positively or negatively to your dog licking you will be reinforcing her behavior.

It’s her way of showing affection as well as an effective way of getting your attention.Make sure you're  not inadvertently reinforcing this behavior so it becomes a habit.

How To Stop A Pug Puppy Licking


If you want to let your pug puppy know that her licking is getting you down, a change of body language will get that message across.

Simply ignore her when she tries to lick your face.

She will soon begin to grasp that you do not like it when she covers you with drool, dog-food particles, and scraps of dirt. Turn away when she licks. Get up and go into another room closing the door. Say “No!”

When you come back in and she starts licking again repeat the process.

Don't pay her any notice, turn around and leave. Tell her “No!” in a disgusted " have you still not got it " tone.

She will not give in too easily. You will most likely have to be persistent before she gets it.

why your Pug licks your face

One Last Thing


Other people often don’t mind pug puppies licking. When visitors or passers-by greet your pug and they let her lick them, you’ll need to intervene otherwise all your good work will unravel.

Explain what you would like them to do when if your pug dog tries to lick them.

If you have a pug puppy and are used to being licked and would like to share your experiences with the readers please use the comment box below this post.

God Bless

Richard S.

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