Until I started taking little videos of my dogs that Pepper licks the air every time she looks at me. NOw everytime i look up from my work and see her looking at me she licks. AS soon as I wake up I have to make a fast grab for my blanket but she still gets a few licks in. Sighs. Pepper. I don't mind a lick on the hand I really don't. Victor scrubs my hand real good when we are laying together but I don't like it in the face. I have tried everything short of wearing bitter apple spray. I don't know how to tell her because when she is stopped her whole heart just falls. You can see it. WHen she first came she would leap up in your face trying to plant one right on the kisser. WHen she was pushed away she shut down. No more eye contact, no more anything. IT was like she had one chance to make you love her and it didn't work so screw u. I tried having her sit and shake as a replacement for praise and love but what happened more then not is people would squee when she shook hands and leap plant kiss then pulled back and sorries. WIth Pepper if she just understands what you want (don't ever push her) she is more than happy to comply so I know that I am just not telling her the right way. I just don't know how. If I could ever ask one of those dog communicators for some help this would be it. 2 years and this licking thing has tampered down only an iota. JUles says Tbone is like this, and tbone reminds me a great deal of PEpper. If Jules had Pepper too she would soggy all the time. Victor tries to pet me. He takes his paw and ever so gently touches my cheek, my head. IT took a long time for him to learn not to rake me to shreds. SO if he can get the message what is it going to take for Pepper to do so as well? I have never been licked so much in my life.