Well this is hard to swallow as someone who is an avid fan of hugs…especially when it comes to hugging my dog after a long day.
Apparently our dogs actually HATE it when we hug them.
A new study out of the University of British Columbia in Canada looked at 250 photos of people hugging their dogs, and found that over 80% of dogs were giving signs of being uncomfortable, stressed, or anxious when their owners hugged them.
10.8% of the dogs were indifferent toward the hugs. Only 7.6% seemed to like them according to Seattle PI.
So, there is a chance your dog is in that last group and really likes when you hug them…but the researchers say they’d still prefer that you show them affection by giving them a treat.