Dear Daisy Mae,
I know that you almost never run letters from humans, but I thought I’d give it a try. You know my Cocker Spaniel, Brodie? He’s very friendly and loving but he never kisses (licks) anyone, including me. The best I can hope for is a wet nose. What can I do? Anything?
Dear Brodie’s Mom,
I don’t know why Brodie doesn’t kiss people. I do it all the time. I think I know how to train him to kiss you. I assume he likes peanut butter (who doesn’t?) so smear a little, even better – a lot, on the back of your hand and hold it out to him. When he licks it, say “Kiss – Good Boy, Kiss” and do this a couple of times a day for a while. Then, when he seems to have grasped the concept, try saying “Brodie. Kiss, Good Boy, Kiss” and hold out your hand. If Brodie doesn’t like peanut butter, try paté or soft cheese.
Whatever you do, don’t kiss Brodie back. Apparently it’s not healthy. Good luck.