My dog does something that I thought was completely normal, but it turns out that not all dogs will do. You see my 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…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Cuddling and Hugging
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.