What does it mean when an older dog licks a puppy?

Answer: They smell one another and establish their position in the pack hierarchy.Breed confusion can occur when a puppy has interacted with many dog breeds, but the pup only knows he’s a "dog." Older dogs know they’re not dogs and may use breed confusion to keep puppies in line by licking or nudging them during playtime. It is primarily for this reason that older dogs should be introduced at time of play with puppies to show canine dominance over small children who might always think they can do nothing wrong whilst holding onto their tails or ears.The balance of power will eventually change as the pup grows, but until then it is important to know if you have an obedient pup on your hands! Play gently between adults and pups

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