Do dogs really hate to be hugged?
I personally don't believe it because every I lie down on the couch my little Chuggers wants to be next or on me. In an article published in Psychology Today, psychology professor and neuropsychological researcher Stanley Coren argues that most dogs are actually stressed out by hugs. "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."
I think it depends on the dog. I one time gave my friend's dog a kiss and it scared him and he almost bit me. He normally was fine with kisses but that day he didn't like it. My lab used to jump up on me and hug me as well as both of my brother's rotties.
some cute pups loved to be hugged while bigger dogs like in the pic, prefers a pat
He did not state that dogs do not want human contact--your little Chuggers is next to you for that reason. He did state that MOST dogs do not like to be hugged. (The photo you have under your question shows a dog wrestling with his owner, not being hugged. My Pitbull loves it when I toss her around like that.)
Dogs are not primates. Immobilizing a dog, especially by a stranger, does stress them out. Kids, unfortunately, do not understand this, and that is why most of them are bit around the face.
Ask Chuggers if he wants to be hugged by 50 strangers at the park on Sunday?
Humans may sometimes feel an overwhelming sense of affection for a dog and impulsively want to hug that dog. However, we should restrain ourselves because this is very unnatural for the dog and could even be interpreted by the dog as a sign of aggression.
In the dog world, there is no hugging, unless the dogs are fighting or mating. Many times I tell my dog training clients that hugging a dog is unnatural and can even be dangerous.
It is much more meaningful to the dog for you to take them on a car ride or a walk, than it is to hug them. If you really love your dog, do something meaningful to them!
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