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Study Shows Dogs Are Not Big On Hugging

We all love hugs, right? Well, a study in Psychology Today might suggest otherwise. It claims that our canine friends are not that crazy about hugging.

What do you mean “not crazy about hugging”, I love hugging my dog?

Well, dogs are cursorial animals, which means that it is in their nature to run. So, if found in an imminent thereat, their first instinct is to run. By hugging a dog, we immobilize it, which can really stress a dog.

The study was conducted with 250 random pictures where people were hugging their dogs. It checked for the presence of different dog’s stress signals. In 80 percent of the pictures, dogs were showing signs of stress, like closing their eyes completely of in half, lip licking, pulling their ears backward or avoiding eye contact.


So, it seems that dogs really don’t like hugging. In some cases, dogs can even bite, if found in an unwanted hug.

General advice is not to hug other people’s dogs, as you might not know how it will react. Also, you should discourage your children from hugging dogs, as children often can’t read distress signs in dogs.

Of course, some dogs may very well adjust to hugging. If you want to share stress-free hugs with your dog, you should train it while puppy with positive stimulation, like every time you hug it give him a treat. That way, it can become a positive experience for your dog. Also, you should familiarize you dog with general closeness and hugging slowly and gradually.

If your dog doesn’t adjust to hugs, there are other ways to express affection like petting or giving it a belly rub.


If you want to see if your dog like hugs, ask someone to take a picture of you hugging your dog, and see if your dog is showing signs of distress.

Does you dog like to hug?

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If You Ever Wondered How Animals See The World, Now Is Your Chance To Find Out!

To solve enigma how each animal see, we should note that the best eyesight have humans. Our eye can recognize 8 million colors. As a measure of sight sharpness we use acuity. It represents sharpness of sight at the distance of 20 feet.

Looking at the world through cat’s eyes

By Vera Kratochvil

Cat doesn’t see distant objects clearly. It actually sees the object that are at distance of 20 feet, as we see objects that are at distance of 100 or even 200 feet. Pretty foggy, right? They can recognize only certain colors, like blue, grey and yellow. But, in the dark, they can see much better than us!

Looking at the world through dog’s eyes


Dogs can see colors. Their world in not in black and white. Although, they recognize colors as shades of blue, green and yellow, any many colors are not visible to their eyes. They see distant objects much better then cats. Object distant 20 feet, they can see as we see object distant 75 feet.

Looking at the world through domestic fly’s eyes

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By Mikfoz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Domestic flies have 360 degrees eyesight, but with one big flaw. Namely, everything is slowed down for them. They are trapped in slow motion forever. It’s no wonder that when they start buzzing around our heads, they won’t go away. They can see UV rays, and dominant colors they see are blue and green.

Looking at the world through rat’s eyes


One of the rare animals that can move eyes in different directions. They can always see what’s above them, but don’t see colors. Everything is grey for them.

Looking at the world through snake’s eyes

By George Hodan

Pretty bad, actually. They are nearly blind. But, they have infrared sensors that help them create images from their surrounding. Amazing, right?

You can watch below simulation of how animals see:

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5 Things That You Probably Never Heard About Laika

1. Laika wasn’t the first dog that went into space

That’s right. Laika was the first dog that went into the orbit, but many dogs before her went on suborbital flights. Many of them safely returned home. First dogs were Dezik anf Tsygan, even six years before Laika’s journey. In 1951, both dogs safely returned to Earth, although Dezik died few days later on another mission, and Tsygana was adopted by Russian physicist Anatoli Blagonravov.

2. Before she was a space dog, Laika was Moscow’s stray dog

Most of the dogs that went into space were actually stray dogs. Russians believed that the stray dogs were more tolerant to extreme stress that the training, as well as the flight to the space brings. For space expeditions they always chose females, partly because of their calmer temperament, and partly because of the special machines incorporated into their cosmic suites that could only collect urine from female animals.

3. Before the flight Laika spent three days in space shuttle on Earth

Due to malfunction that happened just before the takeoff, Laika spent three days in Sputnik 2, alone, waiting for her tragic end. Agony that she went through was unbelievable. Sputnik 2 was the size of dish washer, so Laika could only sit and lie down. She couldn’t even turn around because of the belt she was tied up with. When the damage was fixed, on November 3rd 1957, Laika went on a journey she wouldn’t return from. Laika was the first living being that found itself in orbit. She paved the way for Yuri Gagarin that went into space only four years later.

4. Laika died only seven hours after takeoff

Laika died of stress and overheating only 5 to 7 hours after takeoff, and this information was only made public in 2002. Until then, official story was that she died after few days from the lack of oxygen in her chamber. The original plan was for Laika to get poisoned meal and peacefully pass away. Unfortunately, that never happened.

5. Laika’s space journey was more of symbolic nature, than scientific

Oleg Gazenko, a Russian scientist who took part in the project in 1957, said at a press conference in 1998 that the mission was not scientifically justified. More specifically,he explained that they didn’t learn enough in this mission to justify Laika’s death.
From stray dog to space dog, Laika’s fate is of most tragic ones, and that’s probably why she will never be forgotten, Even sixty years later we remember her as a symbol of human curiosity and desire for knowledge, that sometimes comes at too big a price.

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What Happens When You Put A Spy Puppy Into Wild Dogs Pack

In order to study the most intimate emotional dynamics in wild animal comunities, scientist came up with most extraordinary thing! Spy animals!!!
Spy puppies are small, or if needed big, furry robots, that can imitate real animals. Such a robot costs several thousand dollars, and it takes from 3 to 9 months to make one. They can discover, until now unseen moments in life of wild animals. In their eyes they have 4K resolution cameras, and for each robot it’s customly made. Only fault is that cameras easily overheat on high temperatures. These robots are so convincing that they can deceive wild animals, and wether you will be convinced check in a video below.
How does it look when a spy puppy infiltrates a wild dog pack, watch here:

Recording was made in the wilderness of African savanna, and a spy puppy in one animatronics studio in London. It is incredible that spy puppy managed to deceive adult wild dogs and to enter this wild pack. Of course, scientists couldn’t find solution for specific scent each species have, but given amazing technological advancement I believe it could happen soon.
These robots are cuddly, playful, and almost as cute as real animals, so the question arises if they could replace our pets in nearby future. I honestly hope not.
What do you think?
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