Licking is one of inherent behaviors of dogs. Dogs don’t have the ability to speak but a dog wise person will know that the pet is showing its affection when it licks the favorite person. Dogs will lick humans and dogs as a sign of friendliness or submission. A mother dog will keep the litter clean by licking. Mother dogs would lick the puppies not only to show affection but to stimulate defecation and urination.
Dogs have the inclination to lick their butts. Dogs that lick their butts have other reasons as certainly this habit is not done to show affection. A dog with the body all contorted to be able to reach and to lick the rear end would be amusing to watch. A dog owner though would not be amused if the dog that has been licking its butt would jump with alacrity to meet its master with sloppy kisses.
Mother dogs would lick the puppies’ anal area after defecating. Butt licking can be an ingrained habit that was learned by the dog from its mother. A dog’s long rough tongue is used not unlike a wash cloth for grooming purposes. Humans shake hands – dogs sniff each other’s butts. The butt licking behavior can be the dog’s way of ensuring that the rear end is free from dried feces and from the smell of the feces as well. Dog owners are aware that dogs love anything that people find repulsive. Dogs love to eat feces and to roll in rotting animals. A dog that licks the butt is simply giving in to the desire to indulge in something smelly
Butt licking can be due the dog’s effort to remove a foreign object. Dogs are indiscriminate eaters thus cloths, plastics, strings and many other non-edible things will be eaten. As these objects cannot be digested, they will come out in their original form. The indigestible object will not be totally excreted so that the dog will lick its butt to remove the dangling thing from its anus.
Another reason why a dog will continuously lick its butt is an impacted anal gland. Normally, the anal glands will be emptied when the dog defecates but because of low quality commercial food, soft stools are formed and results to the impaction of the anal glands. Anal glands that are not expressed will result to the buildup of bacteria. An impacted anal gland will make the dog uncomfortable. To alleviate the pain and the discomfort, the dog will be seen constantly scooting and licking the butt.