Researches recently said hugging our dogs actually causes them stress and raises anxiety levels.
The new data is according to University of British Columbia psychology professor Stanley Coren, who said dogs are designed for swift running.
Coren said in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not their teeth, but their ability to run away. Behaviorists believe not allowing a dog to do so by immobilizing them with a hug can increase their stress level.
The most common sign of anxiety in a dog is when they turn their head away or sometimes closing their eyes fully or partially, according to Professor Coren.
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