2 It's one of our stuffed toys! It's nice and soft and doesn't hurt my mouth when I chew on it. Sometimes, when I chew it just right, it makes a squeaking noise!
3 Chewing is very important to dogs! Puppies chew when they are teething, but full grown dogs need to chew, too. We inherited a lot of our chewing habits from our relatives.
4 Dogs, like our non-domesticated wolf relatives, are pack animals. Often, we assert dominance over another pack member by fighting over the last bit of food. That's why we love biting and chewing toys!
5 I sure showed him who's boss!
6 Dogs are also avid lickers. You've probably noticed that's the first thing we do when we meet you! Sharkey, people don't realize that licking is a way for us to communicate with each other.
7 Pack animals use licking as a form of silent communication so as not to reveal their location to prey. Licking another dog's face and ears is a common greeting.
8 Licking is also a form of cleaning. We not only groom ourselves, but other members of the pack. Franny, you're such a good pack mate!
9 Sometimes, Sharkey, I lick your mouth to let you know that I'm hungry, just like a puppy will lick its mother's mouth!
10 Why, thank you, Franny! It's so nice to have my own personal groomer to keep me looking beautiful!