I want to share this for those of you with dogs. I realize not all animals will do this, however, if you have one you think you can train to hug, it is very comforting. Since he was a puppy, my dog would whine. For some this would be very annoying, however I am teaching him to whine constructively. When I say I LOVE YOU, with the right pitch, he whines back at me. This took alot of time and repetition and praise to get him to do this. Now, I've taught him to hug. When I sit at the computer, I tell him , "huggie". He comes to me and stands on his back hind feet and when I bend over to pet him, he puts his paws on my shoulders, then I say "I love you" and he whines back at me. He is giving me physical stimulation with sound. This is great for someone like me who suffers from PTSD, ADHD and Bipolar II. I have abondonment issues and depression and I need alot of hugs and reassurance, more than anyone person could possibly give me. This takes alot of work, and I reinforce this daily to get him to do this, sometimes, he won't. (maybe its a mood thing LOL) So be very patient if you try this with your dog. If your dog is not a verbal animal, then work on the hugs. It really helps when your depressed and noone is around.
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