April 10th is Hug Your Dog Day! Fido is very affectionate, and is really never happier than when he’s soaking up some love and attention from his favorite humans. While you definitely don’t need a special occasion to show your four-legged friend some extra love and attention, this is a great chance to pamper him a bit. Here, a Bellaire, TX veterinarian discusses—you guessed it—hugging your canine companion.
Just like people, dogs often want to snuggle with their loved ones when they feel sad, lonely, or scared. Fido may run to you for attention during a thunderstorm, or if there is a lot of noise and commotion going on. There’s nothing wrong with soothing your pup by petting him and talking to him. Just don’t go overboard: if you coddle your furry buddy too much, you may actually reward him for his anxiety.
Dogs In Need Of Hugs
Pet holidays also serve as a chance to help raise awareness about the millions of dogs that really just want someone to adopt them and give them love and care. Social media is a great way to spread the word about adoptable dogs that need hugs. Who knows? You may change Fido’s whole life and world with just a few keystrokes!
Note: When Not To Hug
There is a caveat to hugging Fido. Your pet probably won’t mind if you hug him. Many dogs are quite the little cuddlebugs! However, you should never try to hug a strange dog, or one that seems uneasy. This is because our canine pals don’t see hugs in the same way that we do. Hugs are actually a sign of dominance in doggy language, and can make Fido feel trapped or bullied. Needless to say, that’s not the reaction you want when trying to befriend a strange pooch. If you have children, it’s also very important to teach them the do’s and don’ts of interacting with Man’s Best Friend.
If your furry pal doesn’t like hugs, don’t force him. There are plenty of other ways to brighten up Fido’s day. Toys and treats will do the job. Your pooch may also just prefer ear scritches and belly rubs. Just get that tail going!
Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. As your local Bellaire, TX pet hospital, we’re here to help!