What does it mean when a dog drools around a puppy?

What does it mean when a dog drools around a puppy?

When a dog drools around a puppy, it generally means that the dog is feeling mild stress or anxiety. This is usually because the older dog is not used to the presence of the new puppy and needs time to get comfortable with them. Drooling can also be a sign of excitement, jealousy, or desire. It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior and make sure they are not overly stressed or anxious in the presence of the new puppy.

It’s normal for your dog to drool around a new puppy, but if it persists for too long, you may need to take extra steps to help your pup feel more comfortable.

Key Takeaways:

  • Drooling in dogs is generally a sign of mild stress or anxiety
  • It usually goes away once the older dog gets comfortable with the new puppy
  • Drooling can also be a sign of excitement, jealousy, or desire
  • If drooling persists for too long, take extra steps to help your pup feel more comfortable



Salivation is a common behavior exhibited by dogs when faced with exciting stimuli and can often be seen in puppies as well. To understand why your dog is drooling around the new puppy, it is important to recognize different kinds of salivation, as each has its own cause and purpose. In general, salivation serves as a way for canine companions to express both pleasure and anticipation of potentially rewarding experiences.

When puppies learn that activities like playing or being petted often lead to positive reinforcement such as treats or verbal praise, they will typically begin to form an association between those cues and the corresponding reward. As a result, when presented with these cues they will become very excited – this excitement can manifest itself in forms of tail wagging, body movements, barking etc., but more receptively through saliva production.

These responses indicate that the pup is happy and ready for a new experience; demonstrating this may give them access to more situations which on their own would have been avoided due to fear or anxiety. Also known as ‘contextual salivation’ this phenomenon occurs when an animal expects something good like food or playtime – all of which are essential for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional well-being in any pet-parent relationship.

Reasons for Drooling

Dogs drool for a variety of reasons, some of which may be related to the presence of a new puppy. It’s important to understand these possible reasons so that you can properly address them and make sure your pet is happy and healthy. Drooling can be a sign of excitement, stress, anxiety, or hunger, so let’s take a closer look at why your dog may be drooling:

  • Excitement – Your dog may be drooling due to excitement, such as when you come home or when they see another dog.
  • Stress – Stress can also cause your dog to drool, especially if they are in a new or uncomfortable situation.
  • Anxiety – If your dog is anxious, they may drool as a result of the stress and fear they are feeling.
  • Hunger – If your dog is hungry, they may start to drool in anticipation of food.


Drooling is a normal response to intense emotions, especially excitement. It usually occurs when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated in the body, causing increased saliva production. This can be triggered by things like seeing a beloved family member or receiving good news. In some cases, drooling may be caused by anticipation of an exciting event and the body’s automatic response to any kind of stimuli.

The physiological reaction that causes drooling during these episodes is made up of several steps and can involve various hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals. Over-stimulation of adrenaline receptors results in an outpouring of fluids from the salivary glands, thus causing excessive amounts of saliva to flow into the mouth. As a result, drooling often occurs when people become overwhelmed with feelings such as happiness or elation.


One of the possible explanations for drooling in dogs is stress. Stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including excessive salivation. Dogs may salivate when they encounter unfamiliar people, animals or situations – such as introducing a new puppy into their home – or under more obvious circumstances, such as when they are being threatened. Dogs might also be more likely to drool in noisy environments with lots of sensory stimulation that make them feel uncomfortable or threatened. If a dog’s saliva seems excessive and the drooling is accompanied by other signs of stress, like panting or cowering, chances are the root cause is emotional.

Certain physical restrictions can also lead to drooling caused by stress in dogs. A collar that is too tight can put pressure on nerves in the dog’s neck and cause drooling due to discomfort or pain. Also if you recently got them vaccinated then your dog could be releasing excess salivary glands due to feeling overwhelmed and fearful at the vet clinic.

To reduce this type of stress-induced saliva production, simply give your pup some time alone and/or remove any possible restricting materials from their bodies like collars and leashes which could be making them feel uncomfortable.


The sensation of drooling, or salivation, occurs when there is an excess of saliva in the mouth and it spills out over the lips. Although you might think of drool as a sign of sickness or lack of self-control, it is actually a perfectly normal bodily function that happens every day. In fact, drooling can have some very positive effects!

  • One major benefit to drooling is that it keeps your mouth moist and therefore more comfortable. Without saliva, your food would stick to your tongue and teeth rather than glide smoothly down your throat. In addition to lubrication, saliva also helps begin the digestive process by breaking down carbohydrates in food before you even take a bite.
  • Drooling can also function as a stress reliever. It is thought that babies start to drool when they are too overwhelmed or tired from stimulation or from feeling overstimulated after being fussy for an extended period of time. Drooling during times like this often helps babies to self-soothe and calm down without necessarily needing help from someone else. Adult humans may also find relief from stress through saliva production; some people sleep better if they constantly roll their tongue in their mouths like a pacifier while they are snoozing!
  • The act of drooling can also be seen as very appealing in certain social situations – like dog owners who just can’t resist the look on their pet’s face when they hang out with them – as it always seems to bring those around us into our comfort zone more quickly than words alone sometimes can. Whether intentional or not, sometimes this expression helps us connect with others faster than any conversation could, which makes it one more reason why we all may benefit from letting go and giving into our urges to salivate every now and then!

How to Manage Drooling

Drooling can be a normal behavior for many dogs when they are excited but if it is happening excessively, it can be a sign of stress or anxiety. Understanding the reasons behind your canine’s drooling can help you take steps to manage the situation.

In this article, we will discuss why your dog may be drooling and how to manage the drooling if it becomes excessive.

Supervise playtime

During playtime, make sure to supervise very closely and intervene when needed. Dogs naturally tend to be quite rough with puppies and it can make the other dog uncomfortable or even scared. Use a warning sound or a stern “No” to stop any unwanted behavior from either pup.

Puppies need to learn how to handle intense arousal and excitement on their own without your help, but you should feel comfortable teaching them that you won’t tolerate inappropriate play behaviors. A constant eye on them will help ensure both dogs are playing nicely.

Aside from excessive drooling, signs of stress during playtime can include:

  • Hiding behind objects in the room
  • Constant barking or whining
  • Lip licking
  • Ears folded back tight against their head

– all signs that the activity is getting too much for them and they need take a break away from each other. Make sure there are plenty of toys around so they can have distractions as needed. Be prepared to break up any excessive wrestling and jumping by intervening if necessary. Give each dog plenty of breaks throughout play time as needed so they don’t get too overwhelmed by being together all the time and eventually they will be able to become comfortable with one another after some spirited play!

Give your dog a safe space

When introducing a new puppy to the home, it is important to give your older dog a safe space to retreat for comfort. Place an area rug in their bedroom, with a comfortable bed, toys or something they can chew on. Having this safe haven can help keep your older dog calm and provide them with a sense of security when they feel overwhelmed.

Make sure to give your older dog plenty of breaks away from the new puppy while they are still getting used to each other. Opening up two doors allows you to do this easily and gives your older dog time alone in his own space if he needs it. If your older pooch is already used to resting on the couch or armchair, leave that as an option for him even when the pup is around. This will remind him that his feeling are respected even with a new addition in the house and give him more control over his environment.

In addition, during the meeting process make sure not to stand over either pet – instead visit both on their level and let them approach one another at their own pace. If one of them seems uncomfortable at any time feel free to step in an offer lots of reassurance.

Redirect your dog’s attention

One way to prevent your dog from drooling is to redirect their attention when they seem overly stimulated. If you notice that they are starting to drool, try engaging them in an activity or playing with a toy. This can take the focus away from whatever is causing the excessive salivating and return their attention back to you. It is also important to give them plenty of breaks throughout the day so that they can relax and rest.

If there is a particular activity or object that seems to trigger your dog’s drooling, such as the presence of a new puppy, try teaching your dog some basic obedience commands – such as come, stay or sit – so that you can help redirect their focus away from the source of stimuli.

In addition, it is important for owners to be confident and consistent when managing a pet’s behavior. Your pet will respond more positively if it knows what actions will result in a reward such as verbal praising and treats. If your pet continues to display excessive salivation despite all these interventions, it may be time for a veterinary consultation in order rule out any underlying medical conditions.

You should be concerned if your dog’s drooling persists for a prolonged period of time, becomes excessive and/or is accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting or agitation. Drooling in dogs can sometimes be an indicator of health issues including pain, nausea, infection, dental problems or poisoning. If the drooling is persistent and accompanied by any of these symptoms, it is important to take your dog to the vet for immediate care.

It’s normal for dogs to drool as part of their natural behavior, but if it becomes excessive or persistent, it could indicate a health issue.

It’s important to note that there may be certain breeds of dog that drool more than others. Bulldogs and Basset Hounds, for example, are known to drool more due to their facial structure and the wrinkles on their face. Additionally, some dogs may be more prone to salivating when they’re excited or happy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Worry about your dog’s drooling if it persists for a long time
  • Excessive drooling can be an indication of pain, nausea, infection, dental problems or poisoning
  • Take your pup to the vet immediately if there are other accompanying symptoms
  • Certain dog breeds drool more than others
  • Dogs may salivate more when they are excited or happy



Most owners are familiar with the sight and sound of their dog salivating at mealtime, but what about when a new puppy enters the household? Salivation is a normal physiological response to stimuli and can be seen as an indication of excitement or pleasure. It is normal for dogs to drool when they see a new puppy and can also be due to anticipation of food, playtime, or social interaction with the newcomer.

The exact cause or combination of causes may vary depending on individual responses and breed type. It is important to note that excessive drooling could indicate an underlying health issue that should be addressed by your veterinarian. Furthermore, while puppy salivated behavior may seem cute it can become frustrating if allowed to continue unchecked so it is important to recognize and reward appropriate reactions early on.

Overall, if your pup’s drooling around your new puppy is making you feel overwhelmed then it is important that you take action in establishing boundaries and teaching them appropriate behaviors. This will help ensure both puppies are safe and happy members of your home environment!

Jenna Kassidy

Jenna Kassidy is a passionate writer and dog lover. With a background in English literature and animal behavior, she combines her two passions to bring readers of Paw Appreciation, a blog about all things canine, the latest in research, training and health tips, as well as heartwarming stories and a wealth of information on different dog breeds.

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