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    Unhappy Your Dog Hates Hugs

    Your Dog Hates Hugs



    I never met a dog I didn’t want to hug. The feeling, alas, is likely not mutual. In a giant bummer of an article published recently in Psychology Today, Stanley Coren — who studies canine behavior at the University of British Columbia — makes a sadly strong case against the dog hug, arguing that although humans love embracing their canine pals, the physical contact stresses dogs out.

    If you know what to look for, their annoyance becomes obvious. Lesson one: Coren writes that a dog’s most common outward signal of stress or anxiety is when he “turns his head away from whatever is bothering or worrying him, sometimes also closing his eyes, at least partially.” Lesson two: Just like humans, dogs have whites of the eye — it’s just that you never see it unless the animal is stressed. And lesson three: An anxious or stressed-out dog’s ears will be “lowered or slicked against the side of his head,” Coren writes.
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    In the Psychology Today piece, Coren describes a recent data collection exercise of his, in which he combed through Flickr and did a Google image search for terms like “hug dog” or “love dog,” and found 250 photos of people hugging their dogs. He and some colleagues then analyzed these photos by rating the dog’s body language, looking for those signs of dog-anxiety. Nearly 82 percent of the dogs in the selected photos showed at least one sign of stress. To reiterate: Dogs hate hugs.

    An embrace between humans signals communication and warmth and intimacy, but dogs, of course, are not humans. Coren explains why the restriction of an embrace may annoy or frighten a dog:

    Dogs are technically cursorial animals, which is a term that indicates that they are designed for swift running. That implies that in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not his teeth, but rather his ability to run away. Behaviorists believe that depriving a dog of that course of action by immobilizing him with a hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite.

    To let your dog know you love him, a pat on the head or a nice belly rub or a treat will suffice. And if you need a new photo opp idea, maybe take a note from Coren’s UBC bio, and politely stand next to your dog. No hugs necessary.

    http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/04...ates-hugs.html




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    My friend has a dog that's a hugger. He wraps his neck around the back of your neck...and he will not stop until you hug him back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehunt5150 View Post

    Just got a new puppy.
    Bassist Hound he is...

    GET READY....
    A bassist hound?

    Wow, I'm impressed! Although the question is: will he have to be taught by EVH?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    A bassist hound?

    Wow, I'm impressed! Although the question is: will he have to be taught by EVH?
    Ooppss
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    This is my sister's dog
    I'm just here.

    Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty,
    Who the hell are we? Hey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    A bassist hound?

    Wow, I'm impressed! Although the question is: will he have to be taught by EVH?
    Ha ha!

    I'm not buying this as doctrine. Mine LOVE it.

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    This article is so true! My bulldog puppy gets the whites of her eyes going and pulls her head away from hugs, Then again, she eats shit sometimes too so I think she might be a bit touched.
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    Our dog Loki gets upset when you DON'T hug him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnangel View Post
    My friend has a dog that's a hugger. He wraps his neck around the back of your neck...and he will not stop until you hug him back!
    Haha! My Rocky has turned into a real hugger too. I usually sit down after work, and he hops on the couch, and pins me....Puts his head on my shoulder, his little stump of a tail waggin' like crazy! He's a great little guy. He was real pals with Nina our old shepherd cross. We had to put her down at almost 18 yrs. old! He was with her all his life, and he just turned 10.
    He's had a tough adjustment because he shadowed her everywhere, but now he's really turned into a people dog. Just dotes on us now.

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    This is Tuco, one of Chris's doggies...

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    Tuco, you say?
    I'm just here.

    Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty,
    Who the hell are we? Hey!

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    Louie and I.



    Louie does hate hugs, but I hug her anyway which really pisses her off and sends her sprinting around the house at 100 mph thrashing her baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Louie and I.



    Louie does hate hugs, but I hug her anyway which really pisses her off and sends her sprinting around the house at 100 mph thrashing her baby.
    You don't look like Leif Garrett anymore! I have a nice sized yard for my dog to run in but after some rough-housing she loves to sprint around and tear things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    This is Tuco, one of Chris's doggies.
    The other ones are Angel Eyes and Blondie?
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