How Rude!

How Rude!

Our Very Own Dexter Dog sticking his tongue out at everyone. Just no respect. He needs a LickiMat


Dogs may sit with their tongues hanging out for various reasons, and it's often a normal and harmless behavior. Here are some common reasons why dogs might have their tongues out while sitting:

  1. Heat regulation: Dogs don't sweat like humans do, so they regulate their body temperature by panting. When they're feeling hot or overheated, they'll pant to release excess heat, and this may involve their tongue hanging out.

  2. Relaxation: Sometimes, a dog may have its tongue out while sitting or lying down simply because they are in a relaxed and content state. It's similar to how humans may have their mouths slightly open when they are comfortable and at ease.

  3. Exertion: After physical activity or exercise, dogs may sit with their tongues hanging out as a way to catch their breath. This is especially common in breeds that are prone to brachycephalic issues (short-nosed breeds) or dogs with heavy coats.

  4. Breed characteristics: Some dog breeds have characteristics that make it more likely for their tongues to hang out naturally. For example, brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs and Pugs often have shorter noses and may have their tongues hanging out due to their facial structure.

  5. Dental issues: Dental problems, such as missing teeth or misaligned jaws, can sometimes cause a dog's tongue to hang out more than usual. If this is a new behavior or if it seems excessive, it's a good idea to have your dog examined by a veterinarian to rule out any dental issues.

  6. Aging: Older dogs may have their tongues out more often due to changes in their facial muscles or dental health. It's essential to monitor older dogs for any signs of discomfort or health issues.

While these reasons are generally harmless, it's crucial to pay attention to your dog's behavior and overall health. If you notice any unusual or sudden changes in your dog's tongue hanging out, excessive panting, or discomfort, it's a good idea to consult with a veterinarian to ensure there are no underlying medical issues causing the behavior.

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