Our suspicion that dogs are the betches of the animal world is finally confirmed. Everyone’s favorite animal is a dog and it turns out, personality wise, they’re just like us. While they love the attention and compliments, turns out, dogs aren’t too keen on physical affection. Much like you when you have to interact with your overly touchy TTH acquaintance who wants nothing more than a photo of the two of you for her Instagram, dogs don’t like to be hugged.
In a recent study done by Psychology Today, therapist Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. explains that kissing or hugging a dog stresses them the fuck out. “Behaviorists believe that depriving a dog of [the ability to run away] by immobilizing him with a hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite.” Literally same.
Coren elaborates that signs of canine stress are actually rather easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. “Obviously at the high-end of stress, we have dogs who bare their teeth…The most common sign of anxiety is when the dog turns his head away from whatever is bothering or worrying him, sometimes also closing his eyes…dogs will often show what is commonly called a ‘half-moon eye’ or ‘whale eye’ which is where you can see the white portion of the eyes at the corner or the rim.”
Incidentally, this is the exact same face I make when I want people to stop fucking touching me.
There were other ones too but basically, just because you’re super lonely don’t fucking take it out on your betchy pet. He doesn’t like you like that.