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Droopy Dog Tongues Don't Always Denote Thirst

Am I the only pet owner who's tried to shove a bowl of water under my pup's dangling tongue . . . only to have him turn his nose up at it? I didn't realize that just because his tongue was out, it didn't mean he wanted a drink. Dogs hang their tongues out when they are hot (sometimes they're also thirsty), but it's actually a way to cool themselves off.

Typically, pups pant and breathe in air through their noses and release the air through their mouth — when the mouth's open, the saliva can evaporate, producing a cooling effect! So if your choosy pooch doesn't choose water when he's outside, just know his body's working to further cool down his blood flow just by that cute technique.

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7kimba7 7kimba7 7 years
My dog has the longest tongue in the world. He's like a little Gene Simmons dog.
luxington luxington 7 years
Cute dog. I'm glad my family's dog doesn't really pant. Only when it's really, really hot.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Samson makes me smile so wide that my face hurts! :)
N9N0 N9N0 7 years
Whoa, that must've been a hot one, I can't believe the size of that gargantuan tongue. Samson Rulez, stay cool puppeh!
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
I love Samson!!!
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