This Saturday, January 21st, is National Hug Day, and as much as we believe in TLC for our pets, you should know that hugging a dog is not recommended.
Humans and even some primates use hugging as an expression of love and affection. But dogs and cats really don’t quite understand the concept. The only time they hug each other is when they do something called the “stand over” or mounting position which is not a sign of affection at all. It’s more of a control thing. So when you hug your pet, they might not see it the same way you do.
Did you know children are the number one victims of dog bites and 77% of the time it’s by their own family dog? Sadly, sometimes this happens during a hug because it can be very uncomfortable for some dogs and cats. Is the dog or cat looking away? Are they licking their lips? Is their body stiff? Are they trying to get away? Are they yawning? If you answered yes to any of these questions your pet is not enjoying the hug. But if your pet is leaning into the hug, their bodies are limp, mouth is open and relaxed, and they want to stay you are fortunate to have a pet that enjoys hugs!
Please watch the attached video so you can be an educated parent and keep both your child and your pet safe. Stop the 77 – the Family Dog https://youtu.be/ABDrhNBwdpk.