Why does my Dog Lick Urine of Other Dogs?
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The natural behavior of dogs is something that never ceases to amaze us. It's no wonder, especially if you've ever witnessed your dog licking urine. As well as questioning why they do it, you most importantly will be concerned whether this can negatively affect their health.
Remember that many behaviors that humans consider "unpleasant" are actually positive habits for a dog, which also provide a very specific purpose - as in this particular case.
In this AnimalWised article we will explain what the causes of this behavior are, what you must take into account to protect their health and ultimately answer your question: Why does my dog lick urine of other dogs?
Why do dogs lick urine?
To start to understand why your dog licks urine from other dogs, it will be crucial to pay attention to the vomeronasal organ, also known as Jacobson's organ. This organ is located in the vomer bone, between the mouth and the nose of the dog and is responsible for transmitting information to the brain.
Jacobson's organ is responsible for analyzing large molecules, such as pheromones and other compounds. This plays a crucial role in hunting, reproduction, the perception of environment or the social relationships of dogs. It is therefore a fundamental organ for dogs to decipher information related to other dogs such as their food, sex or estrous cycle.
If you watch your dog lick urine while "savoring" it, pressing their tongue against their palate and raising their snout, it's probably because they are using the vomeronasal organ to receive extra information from a dog in the area. It is totally natural behavior, a result of their instinct, so we should not scold our dog if they lick urine from others.
Does it have a negative effect on their health?
According to ethologists and other professionals in canine behavior, allowing our dog to sniff and get to know their environment is positive behavior and any responsible owner should respect this. That is because, through the use of their senses, they feel relaxed and eliminate any stress, something very positive as far as their general well-being. We answer the question why does my dog smell everything on the street? on AnimalWised.
As for health, it is important to understand that if your dog has strictly followed the vaccination schedule as well as regular deworming, they are very unlikely to become ill. However, sick dogs or those with weak immune systems are more susceptible to infections. So we must be careful and avoid direct contact.
Once you understand the above, you will understand that allowing your dog to lick urine from other dogs is not a bad thing, but in some specific cases it is not the most ideal. Whatever your final decision, it is very important that you first avoid scolding your best friend as it is a natural canine behavior that must be respected.
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