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I suspect there is a knowledgeable canine behaviorist (hint, hint) amongst us and I seek a second opinion. Recent articles have nixed hugging your dog because they are "just putting up with it" and really feel threatened in some primal way. I have had black, gold and chocolate labs and never noticed any of them seeming uncomfortable with a human child or adult hug. In fact, they seemed to relish it. Is there not truth to a release of oxytocin on the part of both dogs and humans when they embrace? Maybe labs are a particularly affectionate breed compared to others, but it has me wondering.