Is there anything better than a hug? When they cuddle and hug, animals warm each other up and feel protected. It has even been scientifically proven that cuddling makes you calmer, more relaxed and more confident. By the way: hugging has another meaning for dog. A dog that has its paw over another dog is showing that it’s superior. It might look cute and loving here, but it’s more of an assertion of who’s the strongest.