Four out of five dogs do not like hugs and actually feel anxious and stressed out, new surprising research study shows. So how can you tell if your dog is one of those four dogs that actually hates when you hug him?
The rather surprising research study about dogs who do not like hugs was recently published by Psychology Today and is describing the work of psychology professor and neuropsychological researcher Stanley Coren.
Coren used 250 photos shared on the Internet of people hugging their dogs. By closely analyzing the images, the researcher could see that in 82 percent of the pictures, the canines were actually stressed out by the rather un-canine human behavior.
Here are the signs that your dog is feeling anxious and stressed out when getting a hug:
1. Sound: Your dog growls.
2. Teeth: Your canine friend shows his or her teeth.
3. Head: If your pet turns his or head away from you when getting a hug, he or she is under stress.
4. Eyes: If your dog closes his or her eyes completely or partially and the white portion of the eyes at the corner of the rim is visible (commonly called a “half-moon eye” or “whale eye”), the animal is not enjoying what you are doing.
5. Ears: If your dog’s ears are lowered or slicked against the side of his head, his is visibly stressed out and experiencing anxiety.
6. Lips: Licking his or her face or licking a person’s face can be a sign of anxiety.
7. Mouth: Yawning while getting a hug or other uncomfortable affection can be a sign of anxiety.
8. Paws: If your dog raises his or her paw, he or she might be telling you “get away from me.”
Many of the above signs that a dog does not like a hug or is under stress are easily misunderstood by dog owners because of the projection of humans on animals. Anyone living with animals other than dogs, (for example horses, goats, or even cats), knows all too well that the above signs can be a sign of experiencing unwanted dominance, annoyance, and result in stress.
It all depends on who is in control.
If a dog is given a hug that he did not initiate (being controlled by someone), he or she will react with flight or fight. Fight would include growling, showing of the teeth, and in severe cases even biting. Flight includes the above passive signs visible by the turning away of the head, the change in visible eye color, and the position of the ears.
On the other hand, if a dog comes up to you and licks you, jumps on your lap, or raises his paw to get your attention, he or she is in control and the canine’s behavior is a completely different story – and your canine friend might be controlling you.
Researcher Stanley Coren used Internet photos for his analysis and images of people hugging their dogs. Looking at some of those images can help in training one’s eyes to be aware when dogs feel stressed out.
A Google Image search for hug dogs actually shows many canines turning their heads and showing their tongues while being hugged. Just remembering that canines have an acute sense of smell might explain why dogs don’t like hugs.
Renters in Los Angeles and San Francisco are Paying $1200 a Month for a Bunk Bed in a Shared Space
Would you pay $1200 a month for a bunk bed in a shared space? Renters in Los Angeles and San Francisco are opting for pods in communal home with a desk, locker and personal TV
With the cost of rent continuing to rise, some Americans are taking unusual measures to find a place to sleep.
PodShare, which provides 10 to 15 co-ed bunkbeds in six locations across California, is hoping to help solve the affordable housing crisis.
The beds can be rented from $35 to $50 a night, which amounts to between $1,050 and $1500 for one month.
It’s no secret that housing prices have rapidly spiked over the last decade and incomes have not kept up
One 2018 study published found that only about one-third of millennials currently own homes.
This is fewer than the number of Generation Xers and baby boomers who owned homes when they were the same age.
And a study conducted by Harvard University this year found that one-in-three Americans can’t afford to pay rent.
It’s unsurprising considering that, in cities such as San Francisco, the average rent for an apartment is about $3,900.
But for $1,200, if you rent with PodShare everyone gets a bed that turns into a desk, individual power outlets, a locker, a shelf and a personal TV.
Each location also provides a communal living room, food such as cereal, toiletries such as toilet paper, laundry machines and WiFi access, reported CNN.
Tenants are known as ‘pod-estrians’.
Although the set-up may seem like an adult dormitory or a hostel, the company uses the term ‘co-living’.
‘PodShare makes life more affordable because there is no security deposit or cost of furnishings and we provide flexible living,’ co-founder Elvina Beck told Vice in 2016.
‘Pod life is the future for singles which are not looking to settle down, but focus on their startups and experience something new.’
There are no curtains to close off the beds, and the only doors are to the bathroom, reported Time Out Los Angeles.
Although there’s no privacy, pod-residents are willing to exchange that for affordability or a reduced travel time to work.
Beck, 34, told CNN that she founded the company in 2012 because she wanted to meet new people and provide housing security to others.
‘Maybe they don’t have two months’ rent to put down or they don’t have proof of income,’ she said.
‘Whether it’s from a divorce or their family kicked them out for being gay or because they’re in a different country or a different city.’
She told CNN that, when she began PodShare, most residents were between ages 24 and 30. Today, however, most ‘tenants’ are in their late 20s or early 30s.
Additionally, many of the early residents were young adults who had just moved to a new city. But many new residents are older adults and even those traveling on business.
However, there some rules that people are required to follow. Lights have to be off by 10pm, no guests are allowed and tenants can’t have sex.
‘You can’t invite any friends over,’ Beck told CNN. ‘Sorry. Just make new ones here.’
Caretaker Ties a Wheelchair-Bound Pensioner to a Tree by The Neck
Shocking footage of a wheelchair-bound pensioner being tied to a tree by the neck by a caretaker has sparked controversy in China.
The caretaker claimed to have no other way but to bind her frail client with a rope because she had to rush back home to deal with family emergency.
Furious onlookers demanded the caretaker free the pensioner immediately. The domestic worker defended her act by calling the incident ‘no big deal’.
The pensioner appeared extremely distressed throughout the video and could not speak clearly.
One angry male passer-by accused the caretaker: ‘How would you feel if your daughter treated you like this?’
He criticised the caretaker and said she should bring the pensioner with her.
The caretaker replied: ‘[If I had] pushed her back, she would tell [on me].’
Another female bystander pointed out that the pensioner neck had turned red because of the rough treatment.
After being lambasted by eyewitnesses, the caretaker untied the pensioner and pushed her away.
Authority said the clip had been uploaded onto the social media by residents in a neighbourhood called Nanyuan on the outskirts of southern Beijing.
But they had not been able to identify the exact location of the incident or track down the individuals involved.
Police have been alerted of the video and launched an investigation, according to Beijing Evening News.
Comforting Shelter Dogs During Fireworks Is The New Independence Day Tradition
“Calming the Canines,” at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), is a new Independence Day tradition.
Last year, over 300 people from the community showed up at the shelter’s two locations around Phoenix, Arizona.
It was overwhelming to see how the community responded. It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.
Amy Engel, who attended Calming the Canines last year said that she definitely plans on attending this year, too.
Engel wrote about her experience last year
Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats! It was so, so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside.
Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer.
The shelter suggests people to bring blankets to sit on, or folding chairs, and to let the dog or cat approach them to sit calmly and quietly.
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