I’m sure he went to see a friend and as soon as you opened the door a dog came out and started licking your face like crazy. Or maybe you have a dog yourself that has to lick you every time you come home or when you pet him. This is a habit that all breeds have, even border collies. What you should know is that it is absolutely normal for a Border Collie to lick, because it is their way of greeting you, although not everyone thinks the same. That is why you should never punish him for this.
Border collies use their tongue to investigate the environment in which they live. That is why this part of their body is vital to them. They use it to taste food, discover new animals and people, and show their love. But sometimes a licking border collie can be quite annoying when he suddenly comes out of nowhere and starts showing his affection.
For this reason, you must begin to understand your habit of licking the border collie. Most of the time it means that he is loving, but the meaning is not always the same. It could also be the sign of various behaviors. You just have to observe his lick and discover the cause.
As stated before, a Border Collie will normally lick because he wants to be affectionate and show his commitment and love. You can tell this because his body is relaxed and he has a happy and joyful mood. The dog could also lick because he is anxious or stressed. In case you feel unhappy due to a certain problem, you can become obsessed with that behavior. To help him get rid of this habit, you can get him out to exercise more, or you can pay more attention to him. In some rare cases, the dog may also lick people because he is spoiled.
A licking border collie can also be the cause of some health problems. This can happen because you do not give enough water or because the food you give does not have enough nutrients. Try to include more vitamins in her diet and always provide her with fresh water on a daily basis. It can also have ticks or worms. This often causes skin irritations that make others lick. To avoid this, you must always give antiparasitic treatments. For some people, not exactly owners, but visitors or friends, licking a border collie can be quite disgusting. They often think that bacteria from the dog can easily be transferred to them and thus contract certain diseases. That is why you should try to change their behavior. You cannot prevent licking, but you can limit this habit. That depends, of course, on the reason.
What you can do is go home a little earlier or just find a few spare moments to give yourself some playtime, grooming, and exercise. In case the border collie licks you because he is happy, let him do it and do not punish him. But, if you really don’t like it, you can change your body language and the dog will understand immediately. For example, you can walk away or you can say a “No” command every time he wants to lick you. Calm down, don’t yell, and be patient until your Border Collie finally gets it.
So whenever you are bothered by your border collie’s licking, you need to remember that this is their natural behavior. However, if he is licking you a lot more than usual, try to find out why and then solve the problem.