Dogs actually hate hugs

A Psychology Today blog post by UBC canine behaviour expert Stanley Coren continues to attract media attention.

Coren examined 250 random images of people hugging dogs and found that more than 80 percent of the pictures showed dogs with one or more signs of stress or anxiety.

Coren wrote that hugging a dog “can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite.”

The story was reported on Xinhua, NPR, Toronto Star and Global News.