Dog Lick Lips Around Other Dogs

My 4 year old male Maltese licks his lips whenever another dog is near him. What could be the reason for this?

By Doris from Canton, GA

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January 16, 20100 found this helpful

I believe it is most likely nerves. Some dogs including my neighbor's German Shorthair even drool when they are afraid. Which is comical as I have three small dog's.

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January 16, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with the previous poster. I believe that licking "lips" is a sign of being nervous.

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

Licking their lips is a calming signal. They are either trying to calm themselves down or trying to show the other dogs or people to calm down. Yawning is another calming signal.

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

It's stress. The dog is nervous.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you all for your feedback. It's makes perfect sense now.

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