Experts Have Revealed Why You Should Never Hug Your Dog

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But what is it about hugging that causes dogs to display stress signals? Dr. Coren explains in an article for Psychology Today, that “Dogs are technically cursorial animals, which is a term that indicates that they are designed for swift running. That implies that in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not his teeth, but rather his ability to run away.”

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He then adds, “Behaviorists believe that depriving a dog of that course of action by immobilizing him with a hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite.”

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