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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.

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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.

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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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