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There’s been some debate over whether or not dogs hate being hugged, but the consensus seems to be that, at the very least, they probably don’t love it. When they’re hugged, which is a behavior dogs don’t naturally do with each other, they show signs of stress like becoming tense, pinning their ears back, or moving away from you.
This doesn’t mean you can’t show your dog affection. They’re your best friend, after all. But find ways to show that affection in ways other than a full-blown hug, and pay attention to their body language to make sure the gesture isn’t making them uncomfortable.
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