Do you speak dog?
If you notice a dog licking his lips or flicking his tongue out in a social situation, he’s likely either uncomfortable himself or responding to another dog or person’s discomfort.
Both of these are oral self-soothing behaviors, much like thumb-sucking in toddlers.
When a dog licks his lips or flicks his tongue out, he’s giving you valuable information. If you notice your dog looking at you and giving either of these signals, you can signal back to him by licking your own lips, effectively telling him, “I see that you’re unsure, and don’t intend you any harm.”
What situations cause your dog to lick his lips or flick his tongue out?