Benefits of Hugging Your Dog

Benefits of Hugging Your Dog

Benefits of Hugging Your Dog

Hugging your dog has been shown to cause the release of oxytocin neurotransmitters in the brain. Oxytocin is sometimes known as "the cuddle hormone," so show your affection for animals. This is true not just for dogs but also for humans. Every time a human hugs a dog, both receive a dose of oxytocin or love, which leaves them wanting more!

On this day, we express our love and appreciation for our dogs. Most of us have such busy lives that we forget how much our pups need our love and affection!  Dogs are grateful and loyal to us, it's time for us to return the favor. 

Happy Dog

A simple hug is a nonverbal way to express the love you feel for your dog. Some of the many benefits of hugging your dog(s) include:

  • Hugging your dog gives you both a sense of unconditional love and closeness.
  • Hugging your dog is calming and relieves stress.
  • Hugging your dog lets them know you appreciate their loyalty and companionship.

If you don't have a dog, you can visit your local shelter to adopt one. If you love dogs, you can go to the rescues around your area to see if they could use some help!

Respect Boundaries

It is crucial to keep in mind that not every dog is a happy hugger.

Every dog is different with its sense of personal space, so owners should respect their dogs’ needs.

Respect Boundaries

If your dog gets a little stiff when you try to hug them, it’s probably because they don’t care for hugs. Look for signs of anxiety, such as head turning to avoid eye contact, whining, barking, yawning, or ears down and back. Squirming or trying to get away is another good sign, so give your dog space when they want it. 

Try belly rubs or back scratches instead if your dog doesn’t care for hugs.

Other Ways to Celebrate National Hug Your Dog Day

Dog with New Toy

Playtime – Although your dog may not be the hugging type, there are other playful ways to show them you care, such as a snuggle on the sofa, a long walk, a game of fetch, or tug of war.

A new toy – Dogs always enjoy a new toy to throw around or chew on.

Treats – Dogs love treats, but it’s important to remember that food treats should only be an occasional reward and should be pet-approved.

Contact – Head pats, chin scratches, and belly rubs are all great ways to stay in “touch” with your dog, but just like with hugs, be mindful of your dog’s response to ensure they are comfortable.

Positive words – Everyone enjoys words of affirmation. Even if your pet doesn’t exactly know what “good dog” or “I love you” means, they will understand the tender tone of your voice.

Belly Rub

How Salmon Oil Can Help with Healthy Skin and Coat

Enjoy hugging your pets with their soft and healthy skin and coat. Salmon oil for dogs can help improve the health of a dog's skin and coat due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Here's how it can benefit them:

  1. Enhances Coat Appearance: Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA found in salmon oil, play a vital role in promoting a shiny and lustrous coat. These fatty acids help nourish the hair follicles and improve the overall quality of the fur. Regular supplementation with salmon oil can contribute to a soft, smooth, and glossy coat in dogs.

  2. Moisturizes the Skin: Omega-3 fatty acids are known to support the skin's natural moisture barrier. By providing essential fatty acids, salmon oil helps maintain the skin's hydration levels. This can be particularly beneficial for dogs with dry or flaky skin, as it helps moisturize and alleviate discomfort.

  3. Reduces Itching and Inflammation: Skin irritations, allergies, and inflammatory conditions can cause dogs to scratch excessively. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids in salmon oil can help reduce itching and inflammation, providing relief to dogs suffering from skin issues.

  4. Supports Skin Health: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining healthy skin. They help regulate oil production, which can prevent skin problems like excessive dryness or greasiness. Additionally, omega-3s can aid in managing conditions such as dermatitis, hot spots, and dandruff.

  5. Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Aging Effects: Salmon oil contains natural antioxidants, including vitamin E and astaxanthin, which can help protect the skin cells from oxidative damage. These antioxidants may also have anti-aging effects on the skin, helping to maintain its elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of salmon oil may vary from dog to dog, and results may take time to become noticeable. It's recommended to consult with your veterinarian for guidance on dosage and to ensure that salmon oil is suitable for your dog's specific needs.


National Hug Your Dog day Importance

National Hug Your Dog day is a special day to remind us how much our furry friends mean to us. Dogs give us unconditional love and loyalty, so we must show them some love in return! Today, take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to give your dog a big ol' hug. Not only will they appreciate it, but you'll feel better too! And don't forget to share photos of you and your pup on social media with the hashtag #HugYourDogDay. From all of us here at Vital Pet Life, have a happy National Hug Your Dog day! @vitalpetlife

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