My son, an only child, is 19 months old. His two "siblings" are dogs twice his size and they get along great (I'm not sure how that sentence reads, but I'm not one of those people that actually treats our dogs like they're actual children). Recently he's starting acting out a few things like our dogs. Most of them are cute but one is beyond gross: He's opening his mouth and getting as close as he can to the dogs to invite them to lick... his mouth... like they (the dogs) do to each other.
I'm trying to get him around more kids, but it's not always practical. Once a week or two is typical though.
He does get a lot of attention, but I could still see how this could be a vie for an immediate reaction. I try to diligently stop it as it happens as calmly as possible but he's relentless! I'll admit that the calm part isn't always successful. I can't exactly ignore it and hope he abandons this behavior because it doesn't get a reaction. Suggestions?