“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” – Ann Hood
Created on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, National Hug Day is all about encouraging that warm embrace. Whether you hug your parents, your friends, or a complete stranger, a quick body squeeze has the power to make everything better.
And we definitely don’t want to leave out our pets on National Hug Day! Because there really is nothing better than a mouthful of fur, and being wrapped up in four dirty paws.
However, make your hugs quick, because a hug may mean something completely different for our furry friends. Pets, especially dogs, don’t necessarily like hugs. Biologically, a hug among dogs would be the equivalent of mounting or “standing over” – putting a leg over another dog’s shoulder. This behavior is seen as dominance and trying to gain control.
So, watch your dog’s body language if you embrace them today. If they pull or try to squirm away, let go. Instead, a pat under the chin will do just fine. And don’t feel bad. Your dog still loves you! They just wish to “hug” on their own terms in the form of wet kisses and warm cuddles.
So, enjoy National Hug Day and spread the love! And in the meantime, enjoy this video of animals who do want to be hugged!