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!