Originally Posted by mika85
it's a myth that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. i saw it on "dr. know". c'mon now, they lick their butts and eat poop!
And yet Mythbusters confirmed that it's true.
I don't mind dog kisses, and I don't mind it when my dogs lick the baby. Having said that, ANY behavior from a dog that is not invited is rude and a sign of ALPHA issues - compulsive licking included. My dogs don't get on the couch, get a scratch behind the ear, or get their dinner until they have earned it. Same goes for the privilege of licking of me. Licking is a sign of submission, especially around the mouth and chin, but it must be earned, so they have all been taught to do it on command.
BUT, my DD is not yet at an age where she can command that the dogs lick her when SHE desires it, so they can get pretty sneaky. But it doesn't bother me.
And if you think being licked on the face is gross, you'd have a heart attack at our house at dinner time. If they dogs are in the kitchen during dinner (which is rare, they usually wait outside) DD will hold her food out to be licked, then pop it in her mouth. Still, it doesn't bother me.
But I think it goes without saying that this is only allowed with my own dogs, who I know are healthy and parasite free.