Cuddles

Cuddles (the best kind)

Hard day in the office? Stressful shopping trip? Or just feeling like you need a pick me up?

A cuddle or just a stroke of our furrends can make it all better! While this is great, some pups are just the more independent, serious type who like nothing more than staying away from human contact where possible. Let’s face it, every breed is different and they all have their own unique traits, that’s why we love them!

Let’s face it, every breed is different and they all have their own unique traits, that’s why we love them!

So, do you have the pup who has to be in human contact all of the time? I know we do. Fred is like our shadow sometimes. For sure, one of my favourite things on an evening is to sit on the sofa, a glass of Wine in one hand (I say Wine, Rosé is more like pop, right?!) and a Beagle on the other side.

Fred is a great cuddler.

When I say ‘cuddles’ I don’t mean, wrap my arms around them and smother them like you would another human. I see it as, when your dog lying next to, close to or on you.

What do cuddles mean to you? Answers on a postcard, drop your comments below.

I actually read a really good article the other day from the Telegraph and it appears that if you were to hug them like a human, you could actually cause them some distress. The article mentions scientific evidence that you could be causing more harm than good by smothering our pups.

Those smothering hugs your dog “loves”? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but he/she actually hates them, because it stops them being able to run away

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/cuddles-are-a-no-no-and-five-other-things-your-dog-is-trying-to/

So, yeah, when you are holding them tightly, you are effectively immobilising them.

When they are in this position you will notice signs, licking their lips, lowering their ears or simply turning their head to avoid eye contact.

Interesting Facts Alert!

During a human-to-dog contact experiment:

81.6% of the photographs researchers scored showed dogs who were giving off at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or anxiety.

Only 7.6% of the photographs could rate as showing dogs that were comfortable with being hugged. The remaining 10.8% of the dogs either were showing neutral or ambiguous responses to this form of physical contact’

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/canine-corner/201604/the-data-says-dont-hug-the-dog

It’s interesting how our puppies will often go through these distressing times to make us feel better but just be aware they might not be enjoying it as much as you.

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