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My little JRT is grooming me?!

Posted by:  Lisa Marie Macri
Category:   Other
Posted on:  March 10, 2002 at 15:01:18

Question:

Hey Gang,

My boyfriend and I LOVE the site.

We recently adopted a 2 year old JRT from the animal rescue this August. Chiefy, our pride and joy, is the best doggie on the planet hands down.

We have noticed one peculiar, yet endearing behavior of his and I just wanted some feedback on it. Our Chiefy seems to be grooming us!

When we are hanging out with Chiefy having our daily petting fest, Chiefy will start to lick and gently nibble my boyfriend's beard or on our shoulder or something. He never nibbles on the flesh, it's usually through clothes, and it doesn't hurt either.It almost resembles grooming behavior, basically because it so methodical and gently done.

I guess I am wondering is this just an extension of obsessive licking or does Chiefy think he's grooming us? Has anyone else ever experienced this "grooming" behavior?

Just wondering.

Sincerely,
Lisa, Pat and Chiefy D.