Sorry, Your Dog Doesn't Want To Be Hugged
Hugging your dog might stress it out, one researcher says.By Ben Lawson | April 27, 2016
Hugging your dog might not be as comforting for your pet as it is for you.
It turns out hugging likely stresses out your dog. A behavioral psychologist examined photos pet owners posted online of themselves hugging their dogs and found about 80 percent of those dogs showed signs of stress.
Dogs don't always bear their teeth when stressed. The researcher says there are also subtle signs like the dog looking away, showing "half-moon" eyes, lowering the ears, licking its lips or yawning.