Experts Have Revealed Why You Should Never Hug Your Dog

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Image: via Tatty Devine
Image: via Tatty Devine

Experts from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home also agree with this opinion. Senior canine behaviorist Claire Matthews stated, “A hug might be a normal social greeting for humans but it isn’t for a dog. Subtle stress signals can be missed when you’re hugging your pet and this could lead to a negative reaction, so it’s about recognizing when your dog is uncomfortable.”

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Image: Twitter/Stanley Coren
Image: Twitter/Stanley Coren

Dr. Stanley Coren has even gone so far as to study dogs and their reactions to hugging. His expertise comes from being a canine behavior expert and a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Coren believes that dogs exhibit signs of stress when embraced by their owners, and wanted to investigate further.

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