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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-24-2014, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Weird anti-human hugging behavior!!

Does anyone else have this? Everytime my husband and I start hugging Henry gets very agitated and starts barking and forcing himself between us. It happens anytime, but especially when the three of us are in bed. We are NOT particularly bothered by it and really don't need advise on how to stop it, but I'm wondering what it means. Does anyone have some insight? Is he upset because he thinks we are fighting? Or, is he trying to get in on the hugging action? To be clear, this is just about affectionate hugging - not about sex.

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HaHa!! Gracie does the same thing. She wants to be in on all of the attention. I think you have a jealous little doggie on your hands!
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One of ours did this for the 1st time 2 weeks ago. My daughter was visiting, and when she was ready to leave I hugged her. Kallie barked herself silly! I then tested it later hugging my DH. She did bark, but not as much as she did with the daughter.

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Whimsy wants to be in on every hug I give to anybody. I usually just lift her up and let her join in on a group hug. It is mainly with my husband and when my daughters and grandchildren come over. I think it's sweet. She doesn't bark...just tries to worm her way into things LOL it's like she is saying.. 'pick me up'.." me too, me too"!

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Thank you all. I will just keep interpreting this as him wanting to get in on the hugging. OK with me since I never mind another Henry hugging opportunity! Thanks for your responses!

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Kodi does it too, and my interpretation is that he fewls that HE needs to be in the middle of any hugging action. We just include him, and he's happy as a clam.


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Yup, Ollie does it too. We even had a cat that got jealous. He would get between us, stand on his hind legs and cry.







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Great question Nancy and I have wondered about this behavior myself, so I asked for some input on our IAABC forum. Here is an interesting viewpoint from one member ....

"Hugging is not really a “dog behavior” and is not found on any ethograms I’ve seen for canids. So I think dogs probably wonder what we are doing. In addition, this behavior often releases the neuromodulator oxytocin. Depending on the “kind” of hug and who is doing it, the hugging can result in a cascade of chemistry that changes how the huggers feel. With their superior sense of smell, I think dogs monitor this and respond accordingly. I think some want to “share” in the experience while other compete for attention. There certainly can be a learning curve for dogs over time on how to respond to this behavior and all the chemistry it produces. Hugging activates a lot of nervous system responses and there fore it can affect dogs in a few different ways!


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This quote from Karen London mentions that indeed the reactions can vary between dogs and the different types of emotions that can be given off by humans so I see what Ken is referring to.

"What’s far less clear to me is what dogs make of observing humans hug each other. I’ve known dogs with a variety of responses to hugs between the human members of my family or our visitors. Some dogs join the hug by jumping up and leaning into the action. Some leap onto the huggers repeatedly and with increasing vigor. Others place themselves between the huggers, causing them to separate. I’ve seen dogs spin in place or circle around the huggers, and I’ve known dogs who bark and growl when two or more humans hug in their presence. It’s unusual to have a dog who runs away, perhaps out of the room when they observe hugging, but I do know of a couple of dogs who did respond in exactly that way" Karen London

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Dave - Thanks you so much for doing this great research and offering such insightful responses. Its nice to know that others have wondered about this behavior. And thanks to you I have a little more understanding than I did before. Hope all is well with you!

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