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Why You Should Stop Hugging Your Dog

There’s a better way to show your dog love

Stop hugging your dog

There’s no denying that people love their dogs. We knit them tiny sweaters, feed them gourmet treats, kiss their wet noses, and even take them into our bubble baths (I so wish that was not a personal reference). While hugging your pooch releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin in you, your dog has a very different reaction.



Exploring animal welfare, animal care, and the human-animal bond.

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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: