Na'ilah, on the other hand, always looks a little jealous when Stormy gets this attention. But maybe that's because at 80 pounds, she is never pulled into a hug that would actually immobilize her.
Bear hugs can be a little scary, especially for a dog. Bear. Hug.
Stanley Coren in Canine Corner at Psychology Today reports on research that immobilizing dogs makes them nervous. Dogs are cursorial animals--they run in case of emergencies.
Na'ilah has probably never been immobilized, except when leashed into the tub at the do-it-yourself dog wash place.
The Corgi, on the other hand, often has to deal with being grabbed and held. She growls and struggles to get free--or settles down on our knees for a brief period (not held).
Our Chihuahua, Lilyrose, may have a different point of view. She likes her freedom of movement, but she likes safety too. An elevator ride out of a threatening situation is often welcome.
Read Coren's column to understand your dog's canine stress signs: a yawn, averting his/her head, ears down, eyes closed or wide open to show half-moon of white eyeball.