My pet peeve: getting licked


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 22, 2002
Is it just me, or does anybody else get very bothered when somebody lets his dog come up to you get lick you? I feel strongly that pet owners should restrain their pets from all contact with strangers unless they are given permission. Just because they like getting licked by their pets doesn't mean other people do. And once in a while you even get the angry righteous condescending pet owner who, if you show any signs of backing away, will exclaim "you don't like dogs?!" with a tone of disbelief as if you had said you were a supporter of Al Qaeda or something. Now I don't dislike dogs, but I don't enjoy getting licked by animals I don't know. It's especially annoying that they go after your hands, the same hands you use to eat your next meal with, or rub your eyes with. How would these pet owners feel if I just randomly went up to them and licked their hands?

Anyway, rant over. It happened to me today, and I realize it is a real pet peeve of mine. Or I should say, pet pet peeve.


macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2006
New York City
It's disgusting. I hate it too, and I think it's rude. I don't want someones animal jumping on me or licking any part of me. Besides the whole germs issue, I'm allergic to dogs and cats so the further away I stay the better in any case.


macrumors regular
Jan 24, 2006
Los Angeles
I agree with you. I walk my dog everyday but I hold her close to me when we walk past someone. You never know if the person hates/is scared of/is allergic to dogs. But if they ask I'll let them pet, unless it's a child. My dog hates kids, she always growls at them.:eek:


macrumors 6502a
Sep 8, 2005
I think it's cute.

But if my dog approaches someone to get attention and the person isn't a dog person or I don't know the person very well I def wouldn't let my dog give the person unwanted attention.

Jaffa Cake

macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
The City of Culture, Englandshire
I've got to admit, I'm not exactly keen on it either. One thing in particular I don't like is when the said dog wonders over with some toy it expects you to throw for it – you're then expected to pick up the grubby, dog-drool covered thing. Not nice.


Moderator emeritus
May 1, 2005
I agree.

But I also agree on the opposite-- meaning, I'll always ask the owner if s/he minds if I pet his/her animal.


Some dogs are just lickers. My friends old Portuguese Water Dog would lick my peoples legs constantly and wouldn't stop unless I moved away.

Hey, its better than biting.

My dog used to "nibble'. I guess he was "grooming" or something. He would gently use his lips and his front teeth to groom/nibble people's clothing, especially nylon articles such has jackets and wind pants.

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
I just love it. :D

Not squeamish at all about others' doggies... or cats for that matter. Over-compensating for not having one of my own, I guess.


Moderator emeritus
May 1, 2005
^^ I guess licking doesn't bother me... but the whole, jumping onto can be tiresome. Especially since I"m not a particularly big person, some dogs can easily put their front paws onto my face. :p

But BV, you're right, I love kitty licks... nothing like that rough texture. :D



I hate cats.

1) They are not at all obedient
2) They come over and sit on you and shed all over you when you don't want them to
3) You pet them, they purr, and then out of no where they scratch you
4) They have scary eyes


macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2005
New Jersey
More than being licked, I hate when large dogs jump on me. They could easily knock me over (and usually do) because I am short and pretty skinny.

I hate when that happens because being knocked over by a dog in front of people you just met is embarrassing. Owners should be responsible enough to train or restrain their large dogs when there is company over.


Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
Twin Cities Minnesota
Whenever I see a dog owner let their pet lick their face and mouth, it makes my teeth itch!

I understand the hereditary trait, and instinct to do so, however I absolutely hate when a dog feels a need to sniff my feet, legs, shirt, shoes, and GROIN. It also really irks me when the owners have to make stupid comments like "oh looks like you were someplace interesting", or "looks like you were doing something special" !

Sorry it is none of the dogs, or the dogs owners business what I was doing, and or what places I have been. This usually occurs on a day in which I had a Motocross race earlier in the day, and I hadn't the time to shower yet. Naturally the dog finds me interesting at that point, I smell terrible!

And for the record, yes I do like dogs and have one, it is just some pet owners who's dogs I can't stand, along with the owners themselves. I am extremely strict with my dog when guests are over, he knows better then to be in peoples faces, or jump on them.


macrumors 68020
Mar 22, 2005
Meh, I'm not bothered by it. Not around dogs much but yeah.

Is it just me or do dogs have a thing for licking ears?


macrumors 68020
Feb 12, 2005
I'm used to it. My dog likes to cuddle in bed with me and then lick my face in the morning to wake me up.

When new people come over, I don't let her jump on or lick people. It's difficult to get her to stop because she gets so excited when new people come over.


macrumors G3
Jan 11, 2002
Los Angeles
mzlin said:
It's especially annoying that they go after your hands, the same hands you use to eat your next meal with, or rub your eyes with.
Soap, water, crisis averted. I'd be more worried about what's on that dollar bill in your wallet than what's on a dog's tongue.



macrumors 65816
Dec 16, 2004
Birmingham, AL
mzlin said:
And once in a while you even get the angry righteous condescending pet owner who, if you show any signs of backing away, will exclaim "you don't like dogs?!" with a tone of disbelief as if you had said you were a supporter of Al Qaeda or something.
My response to them is that I indeed do not like dogs, and if they don't restrain it, I will consider the animal to be an imminent bodily threat and react accordingly. I was attacked by one once without any provocation, to the tune of 35 stitches, while the owner was professing the animal was just the sweetest little critter on God's green earth.


macrumors 68020
Mar 11, 2005
I don't like it when other people's dogs lick me, but I don't mind my dogs doing it to me so much.

We've had a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer for about ten years and he is not a very open dog. He protects us at all costs (but won't bite) and would never even think to lick a person. He even hates us picking him up. He's a good dog, though.

We bought another miniature schnauzer in may and she's more alpha compared to the omega dog above. She likes to jump up on people, which we try to restrain her from doing so, but she doesn't lick people, except us, which I don't mind too much. My sister, however, will break out in hives so we try to stop that too.

Dont Hurt Me

macrumors 603
Dec 21, 2002
Yahooville S.C.
Much better then getting a chunk taking out of you, Its funny just tonight we went to a party. They had 8 acres and a pond with a 6 foot alligator and two dogs, big bull dogs one in a fence and the other with the fence on a collar. Anyways the one was barking at me from afar and our car was parked near him but it was coors time. So I went up to him to say hello and he licked my arm and leg:eek: I wasnt ready for it but he turned out to be a good dog. Must have been at least 80lbs so here iam now smelling like dog slobber but it was a good thing.


macrumors 65816
Mar 3, 2006
Not at the beach...
I can't believe how many people here don't like getting licked by dogs!

It makes perfect sense to not want to be licked by a dog.
They're hairy, smelly, slobbery and sometimes big enough to knock you down.

Iif you walk by some person with their dog and the dog comes over to lick/smell you and you say "Can you keep your dog away from me, please?" The owner will probable tak offense.

You don't let strange people walk up to you and kiss your hand do you?

Most of the time you can judge if someone minds being licked or not.
Like if they shy away from you or don't let the dog out of their sight.
But if they walk straight towards you I have no problem letting my dog sniff/lick them.
If they pull back, I'll pull doggy back.

I never let my dogs jump on people.
One because they're 120lb Newfoundlands and can knock most people down.
And two because it's bad for their hips.

It makes perfect sense not wanting to get licked/sniffed/etc...

I say this as a total mydoglicksmyface person.
I love dogs.
I got slobber on the celling, floor and walls.

I think you should all be ashamed of yourself.
Live on the wild side.
Let a dog lick you.

Loosen up and get a little hair on your clothes, a little drool.
It wont hurt you.

I don't get clean people.....


macrumors 68020
Mar 11, 2005
I can understand people not wanted to have a dog lick them, but I don't understand people who don't like dogs. How can you not? They're adorable and great companions. Some of them are kooky, but most of them are nice. My mailman I think has a mental disease because he had to come to our door and he rang the bell and then ran to his truck because he was afraid our adorable eight pound puppy was going to bite him. He came to tell us that there would be a new mail person and that we should restrain our dogs otherwise the new mailwoman would mace them. And the mailwoman came the next day and loved our dogs. hmmmm.......