Dachshunds are so cute and adorable but they have one problem that makes them even more lovable – their need to cuddle.
They want nothing more than to be held by you and snuggle up against your body.
They will follow you around the house and lay down next to you wherever you go.
They’ll also jump into bed with you at night and curl up on top of you like a big fluffy blanket.
But why do dogs cuddle?
And how can you make it happen more often?
The Power of Touch
Touch is a basic human need.
We need touch in order to thrive.
Our bodies are made to communicate through touch.
A baby responds well to being touched, and this helps to develop trust between parent and child.
Touching our children shows them we love them unconditionally.
The same goes for adults.
Many people who were raised without much physical contact with their parents have difficulty trusting others because they don’t know what touch means.
This lack of understanding of touch can lead to problems with intimacy later in life.
In addition, touch is essential for communication.
We use touch to express ourselves.
When we hug someone, it tells that person we care about them.
But touch isn’t just limited to hugs.
We also use touch when we talk to each other.
Touching our face lets us know when we are laughing or mad.
Touching another person’s hand shows that you care about them.
You may not be able to speak, but you can still let someone know how you feel through touch.
A baby learns how to trust and connect with its caregiver through touch.
After all, mom and dad are the ones who feed her, change her diapers, clean her up, rock her to sleep, and comfort her when she cries.
Without touching, these things would be impossible.
So, as an adult, you should be careful how you treat others.
If you don’t understand touch, you might hurt someone unintentionally.
We spend most of our time in the world with touch.
Unfortunately, humans are terrible at using touch properly.
Most of the time, our touch is too light or too intense.
We either brush someone’s arm when we really mean to touch them on the shoulder, or we grab them tightly when we really want to hold hands.
The Need for Physical Affection
Dogs cuddle because they want physical contact.
They crave human touch and affection.
You can tell this when you see a dog in a shelter.
Many of these dogs don’t know what love is and most of them don’t even know what touch is.
They just know that humans are important and they need us to comfort them.
And we all know that dogs love being loved and touched.
They can sense our happiness and sadness.
If we smile, they smile back.
If we cry, they come running.
So dogs naturally seek out affection from people.
This is different from the other animals that only seek companionship and friendship through social interaction.
But sometimes we forget about our pets and neglect them.
We leave them alone while we sleep or work.
This is where they turn to their owners for affection.
They might not be able to understand what we say but they still know that we are there for them.
When they hear our voice, they know we are nearby.
They sniff our clothes and they rub themselves against us.
They know we are near and they feel safe and happy.
Cuddling dogs are usually very smart and they know exactly what they want.
Sometimes they ask for some cuddle time and if you give them what they want, they’ll shower you with love.
But sometimes they’re shy or they just don’t think you want to cuddle.
In those cases, you have to force yourself to take care of them.
Sometimes, though, you have to let them cuddle you.
Just sit down and let them snuggle up against you.
Let them climb all over you and give them as much attention as they want.
Don’t worry if they start to lick your face.
Some dogs love to lick people who smell good.
This might seem weird to you but it’s actually very sweet.
It means they’re trying to clean you off or they’re trying to help you.
So now you know why dogs cuddle.
They need affection and they need it from humans.
Now, here are some tips on making sure you provide enough physical affection for your pet.
The Importance of Cuddling for Dogs
Cuddling is an important part of being a dog.
It’s essential for puppies before they become independent from their mother and start exploring the world.
Once they’re fully grown, cuddling gives older dogs some comfort and relaxation when they’re feeling stressed out, tired, or lonely.
It’s also a sign of love and friendship between two people.
When we hug our friends, we don’t just want physical contact, we want emotional closeness too.
We want to know that they care about us and that we’re all right.
When a man hugs his wife, he feels loved.
He wants to know that she loves him unconditionally, no matter what happens in life.
The same goes for a dog and its owner.
A dog wants to know that it means something to its owner, that it’s special, and that it’s cared for.
Dogs crave this kind of connection because it’s one of the most powerful forms of communication there is.
You can only communicate with someone through touch and smell if you’ve got a good bond with them.
That’s why cuddling is so important.
If you think about it, humans and animals have a lot in common.
For example, both species have evolved to survive in the wild.
Both have been domesticated and have adapted to live alongside humans.
As such, they share similar characteristics and needs.
For example, both species require exercise, food, water, and grooming.
They also have a strong desire to be close to others.
How to Get Your Dog to Cuddle
You might think that when you pet your dog, he’ll just roll over and give you some belly rubs.
But your dog is too smart for that! He knows what you want from him and he’ll do everything in his power to get you to cuddle him instead.
So here’s how you can get your dog to cuddle:
- Be patient. If you try to force your dog to cuddle, you’re going to annoy him. Give him time to warm up and accept you as his favorite person. When this happens, he will start to cuddle more often.
- Try to avoid doing things that scare him. If your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, don’t ask him to cuddle during a storm. This may cause him to run away from you.
- Make sure you treat every situation calmly. Don’t yell or scream if your dog jumps on you while you’re trying to clean the floor. Calmly tell him “No, no, not on the floor” and then gently pick him up and put him back on the ground where he belongs. The same goes for jumping on you.
- Don’t hit your dog. You shouldn’t ever smack your dog to get him to cuddle because it will only make him scared of you. Instead, use gentle voice commands to calm him down, and if he still won’t stop, grab his collar and pull him away from you.
- If you’ve been working out for several weeks now, make sure your dog sees you working out regularly. By doing this, he’ll associate you with exercise. As soon as he sees you doing something active, he’ll want to join in. For example, if you play fetch with your dog, he’ll want to keep playing fetch even after work out time is over.
- Avoid taking your dog to places with loud noises. If you take your dog to an amusement park, for example, he’ll probably want to stay close to you while you’re there. This means he’ll be walking beside you and hanging onto you. Keep in mind that most dogs are naturally nervous about loud sounds such as fireworks, firecrackers, and gunfire. If your dog starts barking and whining at loud noises, he’ll likely want to hide under your legs or away from you.
- Play soft music. Soft music relaxes your dog and calms him down. Play songs that your dog likes to listen to and let him choose which ones he wants to hear. This makes it easier for him to relax.
- Take your dog along with you everywhere. Most people who own dogs don’t allow their dogs to sit on laps or jump up on their laps. But that doesn’t mean that your dog should be left alone either. Take your dog everywhere with you. Walk him around the block. Let him hang out at the local coffee shop while you work. Let him ride in the car with you. Let him sleep with you at night. All these experiences will help him become comfortable with other people, and eventually, he’ll be able to cuddle as easily as you do.
- Let your dog know that you love him. A lot of dogs don’t understand the concept of unconditional love. But they do understand the concept of being loved unconditionally. So whenever you see your dog looking at you with sad eyes, give him a hug. Hold him and say “I love you, I love you, I love you…” and kiss him all over his face. This will tell your dog that you love him unconditionally, and it will make him feel better.
When to Avoid Cuddling Your Dog
As much as we love our dogs, there are times when it is best to avoid cuddling them.
Here are some instances where you should stay away from your dog:
- If your dog has an allergy.
- If your dog is ill or injured.
- If your dog is afraid of being alone.
- If your dog is aggressive.
Other things to consider before cuddling include:
- Your dog may not be comfortable if you hold him too tightly or squeeze him too hard.
- You shouldn’t cuddle your dog while he’s eating.
- You shouldn’t cuddle your dog if he’s wet or dirty.
- It is important to ensure that your dog doesn’t lick any parts of his face or neck.
- Don’t let your dog sleep in your bed.
- Don’t let your dog sleep under your desk or table.
- Avoid letting your dog sleep in high traffic areas such as doorways, hallways, or staircases.
The Bottom Line
Dogs cuddle because it feels good to them.
The act of being close to another living creature is deeply satisfying for them.
They crave closeness and affection from us, just as we crave it from them.
When we cuddle our pets, they experience an enormous sense of well-being and comfort.
In fact, cuddling your dog can actually improve his health and wellbeing in several ways.
For example, the act of hugging your pet helps him to release endorphins, which reduce stress and anxiety.
Additionally, when you hold a dog, he gets a dose of oxytocin, a hormone known to increase feelings of trust and attachment between people.
This hormone also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce pain, and create a feeling of calmness.
So, if you’re looking for a way to boost your dog’s health and happiness, then cuddling him is definitely something worth trying out!