If I do not hug my girls, they start rubbing their eye and will kiss me anything to get me to squeeze them close.. I have never seen fear, little Bella lays her head under my chin and makes a little cooing sound. I would think they would show fear if not expecting it on someone strange, I have seen that in my girls
I think this is really about knowing and reading the individual dog. I am not a huge hugger, but my dogs get plenty of loving physical contact. Both poodles have a command of "give hugs" which means they can jump up and wrap their front legs around me. I give them lots of sweet talk and nice ear scratches while they hug. I don't do this with Peeves since he weighs almost 100 pounds. He loves to lie on his or our bed and get great belly rubs.
I think there is a big differnce between hugging and cuddling. You only have to look at the photos on social media to see the innumerable dogs thoroughly uncomfortable with hugging, while their owners or other humans post "cute" pictures. On the other hand, Poppy loves to snuggle as closely as possible, and is completely comfortable with being held close by people she completely trusts. For me, cuddling is gentler, and means recognising that the cuddlee may need a way of escaping; hugging is tighter, and does not allow for any means of escape.
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where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace.
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I have been hearing a lot of experts on dog behavior arguing over that article. No one can agree on it. The study that was involved was completed just by looking at random pictures. Random pictures don't tell you much when it comes to things like this. Who is hugging the dog? How long are they hugging? What is going on off camera? Do they know this person well? And on and on..
I have one dog that does not like to cuddle or get hugs or kisses but he does like to be close to you and petted-just not embraced. I have two others that love to cuddle and give and get kisses and hugs. It's kinda like people, some like hugs, some don't.
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