The Kiss

The Kiss

Does your dog kiss you on the mouth?

Both of mine do, and it seems to gross some people out. Once in a park a lady just about threw up when she saw Olivia take a treat off my tongue. OK, I know it is probably not a “Kiss”. She does this “her kiss” out of instinct, anxiety, my face tastes salty or just to get that treat between my lips or tongue. Truthfully, it is most likely a behavior Olivia learned through positive reinforcement training. Thinking it is a kiss is anthropomorphizing (attributing human characteristics to an animal) her behavior.

I still want to think Olivia is kissing me because she thinks I am pretty great.

Still there’s a minor danger of bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Pasteurella being passed from dogs to their owners via kissing. However, there’s only a small chance we can get sick. Shelly Rankin is an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Professor Rankin reports bacteria needs to enter the bloodstream through a break in the skin to harm us, and stomach acid would most likely kill almost any bacteria passed to us by a kiss from a dog.

I’ll live with the risks of being kissed by my dogs. Besides its fun grossing people out.