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Celebrating National Hug Your Dog Day with CPC Cares

April 10th every year marks an unofficial, yet heartwarming occasion known as National Hug Your Dog Day. While not recognised as an official holiday, this day serves as a gentle reminder for dog owners to shower their furry companions with extra love and affection. The holiday originated in 2006, conceived by Ami Moore, a passionate dog behaviourist, aiming to honour the special relationship between dogs and their owners. Since its inception, this day has gained enormous popularity, captivating the hearts of dog lovers, and encouraging them to cherish the loving connection they share with their loyal companions.

The Benefits of Hugging Your Dog

As National Hug Your Dog Day now approaches, we think it’s great to recognise the numerous benefits that hugging your furry friend can bring to you, their owner. Beyond the simple joy of physical affection, studies have shown that hugging your dog can reduce stress and anxiety levels. The act of embracing your canine companion releases oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” which promotes feelings of happiness and well-being. Additionally, regular hugs can strengthen the bond between you and your dog, fostering a deeper connection and enhancing trust and communication.

The Positive Effects of Hugging Your Dog

Not only does hugging benefit you, but it also has positive effects on your beloved pet. Dogs thrive on physical contact and affection from their human companions. When you hug your dog, it can instil a sense of security and comfort, reinforcing their sense of belonging within the family unit. Furthermore, regular physical contact, such as hugs, can help regulate your dog’s heart rate and blood pressure, promoting overall cardiovascular health. For many dogs, being hugged is a form of reassurance and can contribute to their emotional well-being.

Respecting Boundaries and Body Language: When Not to Hug Your Dog

However, it’s crucial to remember that not all dogs enjoy being hugged, and it’s essential to respect their boundaries and body language. While some dogs may happily reciprocate a hug, others may feel anxious or threatened by the close contact. Signs of discomfort can include stiffening of the body, pinned-back ears, lip licking, or attempts to escape from the hug.

Additionally, it’s important to avoid hugging unfamiliar dogs or those who are eating, sleeping, or displaying signs of aggression. By paying attention to your dog’s cues and respecting their personal space, you can ensure that every interaction is positive and enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

Extending the Love

If you don’t have a dog of your own to celebrate National Hug Your Dog Day with, there are still plenty of ways to participate and spread the love to furry friends in need. Consider reaching out to a friend or relative who has a dog and arrange a meet-up to spend time with their pet. Sharing in the joy of canine companionship can be equally rewarding, and your gesture will be appreciated by both the dog and their owner. Alternatively, you could volunteer at a local animal charity or shelter, where countless dogs are longing for affection and attention. Your time and presence can make a significant difference in the lives of these animals, providing them with much-needed socialization and companionship. Whether you have a dog of your own or not, National Hug Your Dog Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the special bond between humans and their canine companions while also extending kindness to dogs in need.


However you choose to spend the day, we hope you have a paw-some day on April 10th, and find some sweet dogs to celebrate with!

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