Did you know that April 10th is Hug Your Dog Day? It’s also National Bookmobile Day and National Cinnamon Crescent Day. That makes this a perfect day to settle down with a book, a pastry, and your furry best friend! However, we’ll stick to talking about Fido, which is a bit more in our wheelhouse. Read on as a local Pasadena, MD vet discusses hugging your dog.
One great thing about Fido is the fact that he often seems to sense when we are down. Your four-legged friend may stick close by you when he knows you’re feeling down. He may also put a paw on your leg for support, lean against you, or, if he’s allowed, sit next to you on the sofa.
Doggy hugs are one of the best things in life, in our book. However, not all of our canine companions enjoy hugs. Just like people, dogs are all unique, and they all have their own personalities. If your pet seems uncomfortable when you hug him, show affection in another way. Offer him a special treat, or get him a new toy. Belly rubs and ear scritches may also get that furry tail wagging.
Your own pup probably won’t mind if you hug him. Fido loves his human buddies, and can actually be quite cuddly! However, you really should never hug a strange dog. Why? Man’s Best Friend doesn’t necessarily see hugs as signs of affection, the way we do. Our canine pals use body language to communicate with one another. Hugs don’t really translate very well into doggy language. In fact, they are considered a sign of dominance. This can, understandably, make some pooches rather uneasy.
Unfortunately there are thousands, if not millions, of wonderful dogs in shelters, hoping someone will love them enough to take them home and offer hugs and love. If you aren’t ready to adopt another pooch, consider making a donation or perhaps volunteering. You can also share photos of dogs that need hugs—and homes—on social media. You never know: just a few keystrokes could save a pup’s life!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!