Naturally, few dog owners, then, would deny that they are happier when they are cuddling up with their loyal, furry friend. Yet research may show that your dog is not as happy with this arrangement as you are. In fact, scientists are suggesting that dogs don’t want our well-meaning hugs.
Experts from The Kennel Club have voiced their opinions on the matter. They believe that behaving as though our pets were children is inappropriate, because, unlike kids, dogs do not like being hugged. The Kennel Club’s Caroline Kisko explains, “Dogs are often considered part of the family; however, they are not human and may, therefore, react differently to certain interactions such as hugging.”