I’ve heard this before: don’t hug your dog. Dogs hate being hugged. Scientists have apparently launched a study on this and came to the conclusion that while we love hugging our hounds, our hounds can do without that particular expression of affection.
In my opinion, it really depends on the dog. Every dog has its own personality, along with its own likes and dislikes – just like people. For example, my Maezie – she will jump up on the sofa next to me, worm her way into whatever I am doing, put her head next to mine and nuzzle me until she gets a hug and a kiss on the nose. Winston, on the other hand, will sometimes let you nuzzle him and sometimes will growl. It’s important to always monitor his mood before attempting any kind of expression of affection. Molly, well, she loves anything you do to her, with the exception of cutting her nails (she is a Basset Hound, after all).
The bottom line is, if your dog is ok with hugs, then go ahead and hug them.
Read more here: Let’s Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs (NPR)