Should you hug your dog?

Giving your hug a hug may actually be making him miserable or anxious, according to UBC psychology professor emeritus and canine expert Stanley Coren, reports the New York Times.

Coren drew his conclusions from a study of 250 random images of people hugging their dogs, where the dogs showed signs of discomfort or stress such as bared teeth, head turned away and a raised paw.

Another article in the Washington Post cautioned against taking the finding too literally and urged for more rigorous testing of the concept.

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