National Hug Your Dog Day

Dog Care, Helpful Tips

April 10 is National Hug Your Dog Day!

Does this mean you should rush home and hug your dog? Maybe, maybe not. There are quite a few studies out there showing that dogs don’t like being hugged. This doesn’t mean you have to believe the studies, but do a test with your own dog to see how they react before you, or anyone else (especially kids!) give them a hug.

Here are a few things to look for:

Some signs you have a dog who doesn’t mind a hug are:

  • their body relaxes
  • their breathing slows
  • they may lean into the hug

Some signs that your dog doesn’t enjoy being hugged:

  • they show the whites of their eyes
  • they turn their head AWAY from the hug
  • they pin their ears back

If you have a dog who doesn’t love being hugged but likes being touched, give them a belly rub or a good ear scratch instead. If you do have a dog who doesn’t mind a hug, give them one (or 100) today!