Cockapoos are an adorable type of dog who love to lick. But why do they lick so much? Well, there are a few reasons.
It is their way of showing affection
First off, licking is how dogs show affection and understanding to their humans, and quite simply they might just like the way you taste! It can be their way of greeting you and telling you that they’ve missed you after you’ve been out of the house!
It is their way of keeping clean and grooming themselves
Dogs also like to be clean – they use their tongues as “bristles” for cleaning themselves!
They may have allergies
Licking can also be a sign of allergies. It is very common for not just Cockapoos but many other dogs to to lick their paws when they have allergies. It is important to try to not let your dog lick their paws excessively as constant foot licking can also cause a secondary infection (bacterial or yeast) due to the extra moisture, and they can become quite red and sore.
They may be licking a wound
Dogs can also lick wounds as a way of healing/cleaning them but unfortunately this can cause infection due to any germs that they may have on their tongue so it’s important not to let your dog lick their wounds, which for some dogs has to be prevented by the dog wearing the ‘cone of shame!’
They may be in or coming into season
We found that when Lottie was about to come into season, she would lick us really excessively. She was absolutely obsessed with licking our skin to the point where we really had to keep telling her to stop and being firm with her about it. If we carried on letting her doing it, she wouldn’t have stopped! I’m not sure if this is a common dog/cockapoo thing but is certainly something that happens with Lottie.
Finally, some Cockapoo’s just have really sensitive skin that needs more moisture than other breeds. Whatever the reason may be, one thing is certain: these little guys sure know how to lick! And if you have any concerns regarding your dogs licking then please visit your vet.