Top 10 Heartfelt Images of Dogs Hugging

My dog does something that I thought was completely normal, but it turns out that not all dogs will do. You see me dog loves to cuddle! (or Cwtch here in Wales) He tilts his head to the side and nuzzles into my neck. But it turns out not many dogs will, in fact, cuddle this way, and according to the vet that saw him do it (while he was having a routine check-up), it is in fact quite rare! So with that in mind I bring you…

 


Top 10 Heartfelt Images of Dogs Hugging

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Cuddling and Hugging


 

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

10 – “I’m sorry I chased the postman it was just a bad reaction to the bills he had.”

Fact: It decreases the feeling of loneliness, helps up combat fear, increases self-esteem, affirms relationships, defuses tension and shows appreciation.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

9 – “Thanks for picking me at the rescue place, I think I……love you!”

Fact: Full body hugs stimulate the nervous system and also lower our heart rate, promoting a calming effect.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

8 – “That was the greatest stick throwing ever, thank you so much for throwing it for me.”

Fact: As hugging increases oxytocin and reduces cortisol it leads us to a healthy heart and lower blood pressure (good for those with hypertension.)

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

7 – “That was the saddest episode of Animal Hospital…EVER!”

Fact: People crave 13 hugs a day, but most don’t receive this many, but then again a hug normally only lasts 9.5 seconds anyway.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

6 – “Are we going to be OK? I hope so.”

Fact: Psychologist Karen Grewen found that both males and females gain higher levels of oxytocin (bonding hormone) after a hug.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

5 – “Don’t worry, he wasn’t right for you anyway, he was more of a cat fan.”

Fact: A brief hug with a romantic partner is equivalent to 10 minutes of handholding and greatly reduces stress.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

4 – “Don’t worry Sam, I know the Tennis ball has gone over the fence, but life will go on!”

Fact: According to a survey taken in America, marriages where hugging or touching are present, last longer than those without.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging goat
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging goat

3 – “GOATS!!! I love goats, they are so cuddly and wuddly!”

Fact: Studies show that IQ development is delayed in children who don’t receive hugs. Those that lack hugs start walking, talking and reading later.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

2 – “Please don’t leave me at the vets, you should see where the thermometer went!!!”

Fact: A hug encourages bonding by increasing the levels of oxytocin in the body.

Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human
Dog cwtching, cuddling, hugging human

1 – “Once upon a time there was a dog that didn’t want to bite people, he just wanted hugs”

Fact: Cuddling increases feelings of safety, security, trust, strength, healing, self-worth, belonging, happiness and appreciation.

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  8. Awww, there is nothing more true than the love of a dog. I haven’t had time to check out your Top 10’s for awhile, so just spent time catching up with them. Your blog never fails to entertain and often teaches me something new. Thanks for doing what you do. 🙂

  9. I have a beagle and he is a very loving dog, he is never mad or upset (like humans, sometimes) lol he always gives me a big “I am happy you are home welcome” 🙂 ……..etc….

  10. My yellow Lab is the most loving dog I’ve ever known. We hug, we kiss, yes, we kiss, and when I have been away and I return she has a special cry of joy she communicates to me.
    Dogs truly are man’s best friend, woman’s too!
    I found the photo of the homeless man and his dog overwhelming. It proves that no matter what ones lot in life, we all deserve to be loved.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Well let me tell you the short version of the story behind the vet image: Once a man took his dog (Harry is is name) to the vets (in Hong-Kong) and the dog was so happy to see the owner it leapt up to hug him (in fear or not) and the desk staff took a picture of it and hung it on the wall. Just 2 weeks after that said image was taken it was photographed (the image hanging on the wall) by a famous pop singer (no idea who) and it went viral. Weird but true.

  12. Great stuff Russell!!!

    I love the little comments you have under the pictures. The ‘facts’ are good too!

  13. I find it hard to believe that dogs don’t like to cuddle. Mine love it! Especially at bed time they have to be near me. Maybe I am just a lucky dog owner? Great post!!!!

  14. OMG this has got to be one of your cutest posts to date! Love them all! Although the homeless man with the dog is at the top since it’s so touching ^.^

  15. LOL!!!! Oh my gosh that was so great. I don’t think the dog at the vet’s office is actually cuddling though it’s too cling in fear! Poor thing. I keep telling my dogs (who are not cuddlers) that I know where to get more dogs so they had better get to it. One of mine will cuddle with my husband but not me. Ugh. I want a cuddler! Thanks for these beautiful photos.

  16. Number 6 pulled at my heart strings a bit. You’re right though there is nothing quite like a really good cwtch although I’ve never tried the doggy variety, I make do with my hubby and little boy!

  17. Now that’s some cute stuff. I love #1. My dog cuddles too, usually when we go to bed at night. He sleeps with me and likes to have his cuddles before we sleep. He’s just a little guy but I swear he takes up 2/3 of the bed! 🙂

  18. Wow – my dog is a hugger and loves to cuddle – I didn’t realize how rare that was. Of course, he’s a little guy, but he likes to cuddle and move his neck up and down in a hugging motion. I feel so blessed that he does that now!
    And, in related news, my mom brought me to tears the other day, she was sitting on the sofa upstairs just really missing my brother, Lee, (who passed away earlier this year) and wishing she could just hug him one more time – and Lee’s dog got up, walked over to her, and put his paws on her and gave her a hug. When she was done, he got down and went back to taking his nap!

  19. Wow this is an amazing post, I like you though that all dogs like human contact as far as hugs and lying with us. Strange how our cats don’t like cuddling that much. Just when the weather is bad. Not sure if you read this story about a dying man and his dog. very emotional story. Got to love dogs. Ivan

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