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pepperann

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Why does Momo lick Rhodi's gums and teeth? I've never seen dogs do it before. Rhodi doesn't seem to mind, it just seems weird to me.

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This is submissive behavior that has a root in wolf puppies. Wolf pups lick at the mouths of their adult caretakers, which triggers them to regurgitate partially digested meat for the offspring. Even as adults, they continue their behavior with their parents (the leaders of the pack) and mates.

In dogs, it translates to basically the same - submission and affection.

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Very interesting! Momo is the adult dog in this situation. I wonder if he is submissive, or if there is another reason? It started when Rhodi started losing his puppy teeth.

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