Professor: When you hug your dog, your dog isn't happy!

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 1:47 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 27, 2016 at 7:45 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Many pet owners make sure they hug their dogs every day. Many take pictures and show them on social media. Many think the dogs react to a hug just like any other family member.

However, a new report out said most dogs actually do not like it when they are hugged.

In the new issue of Psychology Today, Dr. Stanley Coren argues that most dogs get stressed out when they are hugged.

Coren is a psychology professor who frequently writes about dog behaviors. He looked at 250 random photographs of both adults and children hugging dogs.

He looked at the dogs' body language - and wrote:

"In all, 81.6 percent of the photographs researchers scored showed dogs who were giving off at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or anxiety. Only 7.6 percent of the photographs could rate as showing dogs that were comfortable with being hugged. The remaining 10.8 percent of the dogs either were showing neutral or ambiguous responses to this form of physical contact."

Some of the signs of distress include lack of eye contact or the lowering of the dog's ears.

Coren says instead of hugs, you should give your dogs playtime or some treats.

For a link to the full report, click here.

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