10 Reasons to Hug Your Dog
Have you snuggled your pup lately?
Before you run over and smother your pooch with cuddles, keep one thing in mind: not all dogs love to hug. That doesn’t mean that you can’t teach your dog to like hugging, or that there aren’t good reasons to do so — it just means that for some pooches, you’ll need to approach hugging with a little bit of precaution.
“Hugging and kissing are human things, and in some cases, a restraining hug can make a dog feel very uncomfortable,” says Mary Burch, Ph.D., Good Citizen Director with the American Kennel Club. “But, with proper training, you can teach your dog to tolerate a hug and, if you pair it with something the dog likes, hugs can become a reinforcer for the dog.”
Assuming your pooch has already reached the ‘I love hugs’ phase, here are some of the best reasons to reach out and hug her right now!