April 10 – National Hug Your Dog Day

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Pets

Published on April 07, 2021 with No Comments

Our dogs deserve all the love and affection we can give them, which is why there’s a special day dedicated just to hugging them. It’s April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day.

Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” Not only does a good tight squeeze strengthen your bond, it shows your pet that you care. Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all they do.

So grab your dog and give them an extra cuddle today!

National Hug Your Dog Day Activities

1. Go for a walk – Take your dog for an extra long walk today or even to a local dog park. After seeing how happy it makes them, you’ll be wondering why you don’t do it more often.

2. Go on a doggie date – Bring your pup to a dog-friendly restaurant. Some have special treats so that you can dine together. If they’re an extra good dog, take them out for some ice cream after; just don’t give them too much.

3. Celebrate dog history – In honor of your pet on this sacred day, hold them tight, give them an extra long belly rub and cuddle them on the floor or couch while you watch your favorite dog movie together. From “Lassie” to “Scooby Doo,” there are so many famous doggies to celebrate.

Why We Love National Hug Your Dog Day

1. Dogs deserve a special thank you – In addition to being unconditional lovers and expert cuddlers, dogs serve humans in many ways by holding important jobs, including jobs that humans are physically incapable of doing, such as sniffing for drugs and bombs.

2. Dogs love to be loved – Historically, dogs are pack animals which is why they hate being alone. Hence the barking, howling, and chewing on your favorite shoes when you’re not home. When you adopt a pet, you are their pack, so cut them some slack for forgetting personal space and give them an extra tight squeeze.

 3.  Dogs are grateful – Just you coming home is enough to make their day – especially on National Hug Your Dog Day. With many dogs, just the mention of the word “walk” is enough to get their pulse racing.

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