Sometimes, it is simple to determine how dogs feel. It may feature a wagging tail or a rotating motion. When your dog is licking you, though, the reason is not always evident.
The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom reports that dogs use their tongues similarly to how humans use their hands.
Typically, we use our hands to groom ourselves, interact with objects, and extend greetings. Dogs instead use their tongues.
Your dog licking you could imply several things. Licking can convey compassion, empathy, or a need for attention, or you might just taste delicious if you're sweaty.
Although most dogs lick as a means of expression or exploration, some dogs lick their humans, themselves, and their surroundings excessively.
The Kennel Club says that if your dog licks too much, it could be a sign that he or she is worried or has OCD.
A textured lick mat with peanut butter, yogurt, or soft banana could let your dog focus on something other than you, and it could even help dogs settle down after anxiety.
If your dog's behavior has you worried, or if you just want to check in, it's a good idea to see the veterinarian.