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Truthfully, our dogs learn to submit to a lot of strange human behaviours and it is pretty amazing how they adapt. My dogs submit to hugs, but never enjoy them. To a dog, hugging or putting your arm around them is a very aggressive thing ..... in the canine world. That they tolerate it and sometimes even learn that it is a positive thing is a testament to their adaptability to our world.

My dogs submit to children hugging them, but I can tell they don't like it. I do try to teach children not to hug dogs - especially if they don't know them. Innocent things like that is what gets a lot of kids bitten.
 

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I don't want anyone to think that my dogs don't like lots of physical attention because they do - they just don't much care for being hugged. They let you do it but I can tell by their body language that they don't enjoy it.
 
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