The latest research shows the paradoxical finding that canines get anxious and stressed when they are embraced by their owners.
There are holidays for pets as well. Such a thing as a “Doggy De-Stress Day” is celebrated on campuses all across the US of A. Owners bring their dogs and other people get to pet them and hug them.
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While during exam time, such handling of pets may lower anxiety levels for students, it doesn’t do the same thing for the unfortunate dogs. There are cases of puppies and pet pooches being given the most authentic TLC (tender loving care) by others and the result was that they showed high stress levels.
The behavior of these canines begins to show tell-tale signs of this uneasiness and dis-ease. The dogs stop making eye contact, deflate their ears and yelp small yawn-like sounds that reflect their sheer discomfort.
It shows that they are not particularly fond of this excessive sentimality and mawkishness. Now, we all agree on one thing. Hugs are better than drugs.
A mother hugging her child lends him or her some extra soothing palliative from his or her problems. The “cuddle hormone” oxytocin is released via this important action.
Such love and bonding seem to be very crucial in the process of growing up from a child to an adult. Yet dogs are not human beings and their chemistry and neurochemical makeup are quite different from their owners.
They are designed for freely running or sprinting in the Great Outdoors. Thus when man’s best friend is feeling stressed, it starts to run wildly and a hug is the last thing it needs at such a moment.
By confining a dog by means of a smothering humidity-filled hug, you cause its brain neurocircuitry to go into overdrive. It feels like it is in a prison and becomes full of angst, according to a new article published in Psychology Today.
If such hugging is prolonged, it may even provoke the dog to take action to end it. Here there is the biggest chance of the canine biting back. Most sites on the Internet that teach you tips on how to avoid dog bites say that the first step is to never hug the dog.
The ways of the past where you had to kiss and hug your dog are old hat. The new rules are more realistic and say that no matter what, don’t ever hug your dog unnecessarily.
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The evidence of innocent children being badly bitten by dogs when hugged is too strong for such a statement not to be taken seriously. Dogs don’t like too much emotional affection and the best way to deal with them would be to remain rational and keep a safe distance.