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.”
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.