Stanley Coren, a UBC professor emeritus of psychology and a canine expert who has published 17 books on the subject, says some dogs may be alright with cuddling from their owners, but the majority find the experience stressful.
You maybe remember Stanley from a show that once ran on the Life Network called “Good Dog”. He became interested in studying dogs’ reactions to hugs from humans when he brought his own dogs to a “Doggy De-Stress Day” on the campus of a local college and noticed that many of them showed signs of stress.
I kinda see his point. But when you really think about it, not all humans want to be hugged at any given time. There’s a time and a place for everything, right? A dog will probably try to escape from your arms if you’re in the middle of playtime; but, if your dog is tired and mellow, they’re probably more receptive to being hugged.
So…pick your moments. And let the snuggling continue!