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    Lightbulb Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    This goes out to all those that say its eew it gross OMG it has germs. Ok so how is it gross are you gonna die?? I ve gotten licked a few times and Im fine. Although I can kind of see where you are going when the gentle giants are involved like newfs saint danes etc.
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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    Because I haven't ever actually done research into this - I can't say 100% if it's true or not but...

    I've heard numerous times that you must be careful with RAW fed dogs. Because they eat raw meat - licking on your mouth and face can sometimes spread salmonella bacteria into your system.



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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    Some people just find it terribly unflattering to have their dog licking its genitals one minute, and then be all over their face the next.

    I don't have a problem with dog kisses. It's their way of showing they trust and respect you. In the wild, subordinate wolves lick the faces of their Alphas to show submission and loyalty. I think the same could be said for domestic dogs as well Sure, to some, a big, slobbery tongue all over your face might not feel good, and dogs don't always have the best breath... but it's just a gesture of compassion on their part, and I doubt it could be fatal


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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I would be concerned about it if they drank from the toilet or ate poo all the time or something.. or frequently munched on dead animals. Then they could be harboring dangerous diseases in their mouths, like staph infections or various other icky things. But if you keep their mouths clean (Brushing, keeping them from getting into gross things, etc.) some spit certainly isn't going to hurt you. I think I've even heard that a dog's saliva has more bacteria killing enzymes or something then humans, thus they have cleaner mouths! I think I'd be mostly worried about the comfort of the person getting licked! Who wants to be covered in dog spit?

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    Dogs don't have the cleanest of mouths and in some cases can spread parasites.

    Dogs that eat their own poop or licking themselves etc is always a turn off.

    All of my dogs give me kisses and I give them kisses right back. I for one couldn't see life without dog kisses! I don't see it as deadly though.

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I just make darned sure my mouth is shut. (Not that easy for me to do.)

    I'm still getting accustomed to one dog nibbling on my ear while another licks the back of my neck.

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    A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's thanks to the good bacteria they have in their mouths
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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    if you don't want dog kisses...don't get a boston terrier.... they are the lickyest dogs! i never liked it till i got bugs bunny...i just love him so, & it doesn't bother me with him... i make sure my mouth is shut also.... french dog kisses? NOT! lol

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    My thought, you only go around once so what the h***?

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    I think dog kisses are ridiculously gross. I mean, dog spit all over my face? Yet, since I've gotten Kim, when she gives me doggie kisses I'm just like "awww...puppy loves me!" She's turning me into a big softie.

    That being said I still think other dogs licking me is gross lol. And I definitely try to have my mouth shut if I think a doggie kiss from Kim is imminent (Kim kiss = fine, Kim french kiss = we've crossed a line)

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I don't like being licked on the face, they can lick my hands and arms but not my face I just can't stand it. I'm not even thinking about where their mouth has been the way it feels when they lick my face doesnt feel good to me so I don't let them do it.
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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I love my dogs.. but.. I dont like their cold wet noses touching my face.. never mind licking.. LOL.. =)

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I let Cherokee lick my ear. My son likes the all-over-the-face plus, he often is sweaty so he must taste extra good. My niece french kisses with her poodle GROSS! They are from the family that believes dog mouths are clean. I don't care, no french kissing for me

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    Tanner's learned I don't like big, sloppy kisses, so she gives me the smallest, gentlest lick on my chin. It's really cute.

    Carolina cleans my ear out.

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    Ollie is a compulsive licker. We are working on that. Even if I say "no licking" he has gotten to where he would stop licking me and stare with his tongue sticking out like if he cant do it he will just simply die.

    I was always told that a dogs mouth is cleaner than a humans. I dont believe it either..

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    Riley has this thing about earlobes; he thinks it's great to lick and nibble them...and since that's what he did to me the first time I saw him (just crawled up to my shoulder and gave my earlobe a lick) I find it cute so I let him do it. He's also a great face licker...so as long as I'm not laughing too hard so he gets one past the lips, I just sit back and let him go ahead.

    Puppies lick their mothers faces in order to get her to regurgitate food for them, so it's a natural behavior to them. I figure that after time, when they learn they aren't getting any food that way, it becomes more of an affection thing for them (especially if we teach themto give kisses), or possibly a calming gesture.


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    http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/dogs.htm

    http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF12/1234.html
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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I wouldn't really be concered unless you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant or something (even then I'm not sure you need to be)

    I discourage it because I don't care for it and it ruins my makeup.

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    I love getting puppy kisses! Baxter's a complete love bug and will start licking the second I start rubbing under his jaw. It's adorable. He has a thing for ears, too. He licks human and dog ears...it's clearly a playful gesture.

    I met a neighbor's little poodle mix thing (a little fluff ball) and her itty bitty tounge was so cute...I couldn't put her down when she started giving kisses. I think it's so sweet!

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    Re: Is Face Licking really "Dangerous"???

    If you don't like licking then get a doberman. They don't lick, they nose your face. Dawn noses all over my face, and breaths me in. Dusk get nose to nose with me, then he breaths in deep and whooshes the air back at me. Then I blow a little air up his nose. He loves that.

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