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National Hug Your Dog Day

Did you know that there’s a special doggy holiday around the corner? April 10th is National Hug Your Dog Day! Of course, we think our canine companions deserve love—and hugs—every day. In this article, a local Naperville, IL vet discusses hugging Fido.

To Hug Or Not To Hug

When talking about hugging dogs, it’s important to realize that hugging isn’t necessarily the best way to make friends with a dog. People hug each other to show affection, support, and comfort, or sometimes just to say hello or goodbye. However, in doggy language, hugs are actually a sign of dominance. While your own dog probably won’t mind if you hug him, you should never hug a strange dog. He might think you’re trying to dominate him. Needless to say, this may not go over very well. Better safe than sorry!

Dogs Are Awesome

Many of our canine friends are quite affectionate, and love to snuggle up with their owners. Of course, Fido may not actually hug you: he may show affection by following you around, sleeping beside you, lounging around at your feet, or shoving his head under your hand when he wants you to pet him. Indulge these adorable requests for attention! Dogs are truly a joy, and they deserve to be rewarded for all of the wonderful things they bring to our lives.

Hug Alternatives

There are lots of great ways to make your pooch feel loved. If your dog seems uneasy about getting hugged, don’t force him to submit. Instead, get that cute tail wagging by offering your furry friend a new toy or perhaps a yummy treat. Fido may also enjoy having his ears or back scratched, or getting a belly rub. Doggy playtime is another good option.

Dogs That Need Hugs

Sadly, not all dogs have humans to give them hugs (or belly rubs or ear scritches). Shelters are overflowing with sweet, wonderful dogs that are in desperate need of forever homes. If you don’t have a dog to hug, or if you want to help a pup in need, consider donating money or supplies to an animal charity or humane society. You may even want to consider volunteering or fostering.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Naperville, IL vet clinic, for all of your canine buddy’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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