Why do dogs groom each other
Dogs are beacons of constant communication. You use facial expressions and body language to deliver any number of messages. One of the ways dogs use to communicate with each other and with us is by licking their ears. Ear licking is usually benign and often a gesture of affection, even if it seems inappropriate to us.
If one dog is licking another dog's ears, it can be simply an act of grooming. Two dogs who live side by side and consider each other part of a pack will be comfortable grooming each other. Since one dog cannot lick its own ears to clean them, another in its pack will. While ear wax can repel ear mites, irritation can arise if an overly enthusiastic caregiver licks too much. Your pooch can end up with an ear infection too, so check and clean your dog's ears often.
Mmmm. Ear wax.
As disgusting as it may sound, it is possible that your dog is licking another dog's ears because they like the taste of earwax! After all, it is known that dogs have a penchant for much more strange stuff. Your dog can enjoy the saltyness in the ears too, or they may just be curious about the ears and want to explore them. Dogs experience the world through their mouths, just like babies do when they are learning about the world around them.
A show of affection
When two dogs lick each other's ears, it can be a sign of affection and an expression of friendship between them. Similarly, when a dog licks its human's ears, it can show that human affection and respect and convey the bond it feels with its human.
Ears licking is sometimes a dog's method of demonstrating that it is subordinate to the person or dog who is licking the ear. The dog that has its ears licked is the dominant dog, and the pack mate who does the lick shows it respect.
By Vivian Gomez
WebMD: Dog Body LanguagePet People's Place: Why is my dog licking my ears?Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: Why Do Dogs Lick Us?
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