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It's Likely That Your Dog Really Hates Hugs

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We know you love your pup, but listen up. Dog owners, this may come as a big shock to you: Your dog probably does not want a hug from you. An April 2016 report suggested that maybe you should lay off throwing your arms around Sparky all the time.

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Psychology Today stated that in one study almost 82% of dogs showed at least one sign of stress when being hugged by a human. But why does hugging stress out our beloved furry companions? One theory says that dogs have been conditioned to be ready to make an escape in case of danger. Wrapped in a full embrace by a human immobilizes the dog, making it feel trapped, vulnerable, and helpless. 

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