Do Dogs Like Being Hugged?

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Hugging Dogs

A lawyer with over three decades of experience, Horace Nalle is now a principal at Atlanta-based Oriole Animal Health, LLC (, a consulting and investment firm focused on innovative vaccines and medicines for animals.. Horace Nalle is also the board chair of the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS), where he works to reduce pet homelessness in Georgia.

A nonprofit organization established in 1873, AHS has transitioned from child protection and animal welfare agency to a recognized pet adoption and veterinary center. It also performs animal advocacy work and publishes a regular blog on animal welfare.

In one of its recent blog posts, AHS addresses recent debate about hugging dogs. The writer, certified dog trainer Mailey McLaughlin, wrote the post out of concern over the misinformation floating around social media that a scientific study showed that dogs do not like hugs. McLaughlin rebuffs the statement, claiming that no scientific study can accurately represent all dogs. She did, however, offer her opinion based on experience: she believes that many dogs dislike hugs, some just tolerate them, and a few dogs that actually like them.

McLaughlin also warns against hugging dogs that one doesn’t know, as doing so might result in dog bites. Moreover, in order to avoid provoking aggression, people must learn to approach the dog properly by asking permission and waiting for the dog to come to their space.


The Core Vaccines that Dogs Need

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Vaccines for Dogs

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Horace Nalle has built a successful career as a biotechnology executive. Since 2012, Horace Nalle has served as principal of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Oriole Animal Health, LLC, which specializes in providing investment and consulting services for animal vaccine companies.

As with humans, animals require vaccinations to remain healthy and ward off possibly life-threatening diseases. This medicine helps prepare an animal’s immune system for the fight against harmful organisms. Dogs, in particular, are at risk to contract a number of diseases, and require specialized vaccines to live healthier lives. The following list will cover a few of the core vaccines that veterinarians typically recommend for dogs.

Canine Parvovirus vaccine
Dogs typically contract parvo from other infected dogs, and the disease is potentially deadly if they do not receive the proper vaccinations. Generally, veterinarians suggest that all puppies obtain this medication in three rounds when they are between 6 and 16 weeks of age. Unless adult pets have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, they should receive a parvovirus revaccination shot every three years.

Canine Distemper vaccine
If they do not receive the canine distemper vaccine, then dogs run a higher risk of developing this highly-contagious respiratory disease. Most dogs receive this vaccination every few weeks when they are between the ages of 4 and 20 weeks. Veterinarians may administer this treatment along with the measles vaccine, which also provides antibodies that help dogs build a higher immunity to the distemper virus.

Canine Hepatitis vaccine
This condition develops when dogs contract canine adenovirus, which currently has no effective treatment once contracted. As such, it is crucial that dogs first receive hepatitis vaccinations between 6 and 9 months of age. Veterinarians administer both Type 1 and Type 2 medication to provide dogs with the best chances of defending against the disease. Dogs then need repeat vaccination every year for the duration of their lives.