Why you shouldn’t put your face in a dog’s face? Find Out Here

How do you know if your dog is sad?

  • Withdrawn – the dog may have little enthusiasm for exercise or games or joining in with the things they normally enjoy.
  • Lethargic – they may be sleeping more than usual.
  • Loss of appetite – they may lose interest in food or there may be changes to eating patterns.
  • And there’s no evidence that swapping spit with your dog will improve your immunity.

    Yes, dogs will expose people to new and different types of bacteria, Reynolds says, but there’s no evidence that this builds your immunity to any diseases. “Humans cant even gain immunity from some of the pathogens dogs carry, like the parasites for example, so they can just repeatedly infect you,” she says. Simply put, humans are not meant to tolerate some of the bacteria dogs carry in their saliva. “Its best to avoid them if you can.” You don’t need to stop letting your dog lick you entirely, but you should try to keep your face and any open wounds off-limits.

    First of all, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s mouth — that’s a myth.

    Why you shouldn’t put your face in a dog’s face?

    You mightve heard at some point in your life that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans — this isnt really true. And its like comparing apples to oranges. “The bacteria counts tend to be similar but the types of bacteria are very different,” Reynolds tells BuzzFeed Health. Humans and dogs each have a unique normal flora of bacterial species in their mouths to keep things in balance.

    However, humans generally practice dental hygiene, whereas dogs do not, unless their owner helps out. Dogs have evolved to compensate for the lack of dental care, Reynolds says, but that alone isn’t enough. “That’s why it’s so common for older dogs to have gum disease, tooth decay, and foul breath,” Reynolds says. Not to mention, dogs pick up a lot of nasty germs from the environment. They love getting into gross stuff — whether its the trash, another animals poop, dead birds, dirty puddles…the list goes on. “Overall, from a health perspective, dogs mouths are not cleaner,” Reynolds says.

    Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Face Near Dogs You Don’t Know

    When you greet your dog, you may naturally give them a friendly pat on the head as a sign of your affection.

    The same can be said if you meet an adorable pup in the street and your instinct is to give them a stroke on the head to say hello.

    But according to one expert dog trainer, this is all wrong. Patting a dog on the head can, in fact, be perceived as threatening behaviour by the dog.

    Sarah Bartlett, a qualified international dog training instructor, told The Mirror: “The wrong way to approach a dog is to walk up to them head on and just lean straight over them and go down and [stroke them].”

    The Hound Helpers Ltd worker added: “Dogs dont like you going over their head. Its quite a threatening gesture for them, as is going straight forward into them.”