How many times have you squealed in excitement and hugged your dog? Moreover cuddled it with your hands and simply jumped over it, gushing over its cuteness... Not to forget those pats here and there while you play with it. Let me tell you, as much as you think, dogs surely do not enjoy hugs. They have their own ways to show love. Also, hugs are the human way of showing love. Maybe they have a different gesture to display their affection.
But, we as humans, unknowingly simply jump up to grab them with both our arms and then carry them the way we want. There has been a research that dogs bear hugs and not enjoy them.
Dr. Patricia McConnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist and respected expert said, "At best, I think some dogs just shrug it off and don't pay a lot of attention to it for whatever reason. For instance, golden retrievers are famous for their fondness for any kind of touching. But for a lot of dogs, they see it as a potential threat."
Source- Mother Nature Network
We feel all comfy and playful when around them. We feel a sense of belongingness. And we are so overwhelmed in the feeling that we end up hugging and cuddling them, whenever we return home.
According to Psychology Today, are-
1) To break off eye contact
2) Ears slicked down
3) Small stress yawn.
Dogs are the animals who are designed in such a way as to run. And with hugs, we try to immobilizing him which can increase his stress level and, if the dog's anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite.
There are signs such as-
- "Half-moon eye" or "whale eye" which is where you can see the white portion of the eyes at the corner or the rim.
-They turn their head away from whatever is bothering or worrying them.
The signs include-
-Ears are lowered or slicked against the side of his head.
-Raising one paw.
-Lip licking or licking a person's face and so on.
Although the internet is flooded with humans hugging dogs photographs, it is time we understand the repercussions of this action of love of ours.
Here we need to understand that if our dogs don't hug us, it doesn't mean that they don't love us. Also, we understand that it is hard to digest that dogs do not like to be hugged.
Humans and dogs are two different species who display love differently. We have got connected through evolutionary history.
Somehow the discomfort is evident.
They rarely hug each other, instead, they indulge in face smelling, rump smelling, tail wagging, play bowing... but they never hug.
Dr. Patricia McConnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist and respected expert said "But dogs do put a leg over the shoulders of another -- either one leg or both legs -- and it's called 'standing over.'
So, it is better to express your affection with kind words and gestures and avoid hugs.