I’m borrowing this idea from Jodi Stone who ends her week with an amalgam of comments from readers.
Dr. Stanley Coren (still my favorite dog writer) made the fur fly with his study on dog hugging in which he suggested that 81% of dogs didn’t like to be hugged based on their body language in pictures.
I’m posting some of the comments from my posts on hugging for Follow up Friday.
Each of my three dogs has their own hug preferences. I challenge one of these dog psychologists to come to our house and suss this out.
As much as i spend on my dogs they need to pretend to enjoy hugs as much as i do. I do think they hate cameras though.
I've had that happen here...people feel they know (knew) Fuzzy and Boomer because of my blog. If they met Boomer he was all tailwags and happy licks, but Fuzzy not so much. Those poor souls were stunned that my wonderful Fuzzy dog didn't want a pet. Boomer hates the camera, although I do still take his photo!
I think it totally depends on the dog and/or it's upbringing. We lost our Doberman, Maxine, in March -Monday will be one month since her passing- and she loved hugs. My daughter even taught Maxine to give hugs where she'd wrap her long legs around you and rest her head. She was the most loving dog we've ever had. You have to gauge your own dog's nature and respond accordingly.
I truly think it depends on the dog , my pack is all different Fry likes it as did Norbert when he was alive. Ping and Bob it. Tubby tolerated it but didn't love it, same with Weasley. Tuvok loves to be held but maybe not held. I also think some dogs love to have their picture taken, Weasley is one, and some don't like it all, our Bob tolerates it but doesnt love it.
As for our cats none of them like to be hugged. In fact the only one who likes to be held is Spot. He is also the only one of our four cats who is easy to photograph which is why he is on my blog a lot.
I have not had a dog since my children were little.
We've only had cats. Some like to be hugged and some absolutely do not! Cats are funny.
Bentley loves hugging and will initiate it by putting his paws on my shoulder. Pierre is more of a snuggler.
I never bought that they didn't like to be hugged...owned to many dogs that crawled up in my lap for me to hug them...and Babe the great dane would shove himself into me for me to hug him...so I call bullshit..ha
Often folks don't know if dogs like or don't like being hugged. It pays to really pay attention. Our little Bit loved to have tummy loves, but hugging wasn't something she cared for. So we didn't hug her.
Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
Pocket does not like hugging. Foley liked to be cradled and hugged. River can be hugged all day long
My dogs do not mind being hugged. They will snuggle as long as you let them up in your face. They also will turn their heads and duck away as soon as a camera comes out. Don't study photos...study REAL dogs!
Children cant read these signs from dogs and that is why they get bitten more and adults think the close contact is so cute.
It's appalling how many allow small children to corner an actually terrified pet and think it's "adorable"
Yeah... I know Rita is not a fan of my hugging her (I don't really "hug" her, but I smother her with the lovin' every once in a while). She endures it. I suppose I could stop..... but we'll see. Anyway, I'm the only one. I don't let anybody else - and certainly no kids - to hug her.
So many dog lovers make this mistake. We met a man in Charleston who went running up to give Honey a milk bone and a big hug (which she didn't care for but is too polite to say something).
Interestingly, the man had a big scab on his nose. Apparently he did the same thing o a malamute earlier in the week and got bitten for his trouble.
These types of pictures anger me. Mostly because I know that yes, there are some dogs that don't mind being hugged. Sampson is one of them, but what makes me made is that people share then and then some yahoo decides that their dog will 'like' it too. But that isn't the case and then it is the innocent ones (either the child or the dog or both) who end up paying the price for the stupidity of the 'adults'.
Cole does not like hugs, but he seems to enjoy a side hug. He sidles up next to me, and I wrap my arm around him for a second. He also likes a head bump hug, walks straight forward til his bent head hits my legs and stands still til I rub his head. He does not like to feel trapped, and I am afraid people hugs make a dog feel trapped.
I have noticed that different dogs prefer different style hugs. Full hugs for terriers, side hugs are preferred by every poodle I have been staff to. The poodle likes to rear up and put her paws on shoulders of people she loves when greeting them, but wants side hugs in return.