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Adopt Me but Stop Hugging Me! I Hate It!

Well, dog lovers, you need to love a little less as new science indicates hugging and kissing and putting lovey-wovey smooches on your pup is something they don’t like. . . at all.


In an article published in Psychology Today, Dr. Stanley Coren says dogs almost always exhibit cues of discomfort or stress when they are being hugged or embraced by humans.

That makes sense, right?  A hug by a large animal has to be stressful to a dog who is genetically programmed to not get trapped by other animals and, while we humanize dogs to an insane degree, dogs see us as animals.

It’s possible that you dog is one of the rare exceptions to this rule, but I know my dog Kramer is much happier with a little treat or a quick follow the ball session (he’s not quite to the point where he will actually fetch . . . or return the ball. . .but he loves to follow it).

It’s not about not showing affection, it’s about showing affection in a way dogs understand.  If you’d like to give a dog a happy and healthy home, where they get plenty of dog-friendly affection:


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