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What Does a Droopy Dog Tongue Mean?

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.

7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
My dog has the longest tongue in the world. He's like a little Gene Simmons dog.
luxington luxington 9 years
Cute dog. I'm glad my family's dog doesn't really pant. Only when it's really, really hot.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Samson makes me smile so wide that my face hurts! :)
N9N0 N9N0 9 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 9 years
I love Samson!!!
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