And often times the camera comes out in times that are not normal: Christmas, family reunions. The dog could be on their last nerve because their hugging Aunt Lulu that they just met 3 hours ago, and haven't been able to shake of yet, or because they are hugging their owner, for a picture, with strangers around.
Think about it. With strangers around, and suddenly your owner gets the great idea to get a picture of herself with the dog. And she wraps her arms around the dog in a squeeze. That is fine and dandy when the family is intact and everything is calm and peaceful, but when you got 2-legged predators everywhere, and suddenly your owner has you in a choke hold, could be the dog is getting mixed messages.
If I tried to get a picture of Babsy hugging me, all bets would be off. Not because she isn't a hugger, but because she doesn't like cameras. Neither do I for that matter, but when I get the camera out, her ears go down and she gets into a submissive pose. Why? I have never squirted her with a hose, yelled at her, or beaten with a camera. But she just knows that I am going to do her in with this instrument of sudden death. So yeah, you will not find a picture of Babsy hugging me without indications of stress.
Let's see if we can find any stress in this picture of Karma and my nieces:
Well, maybe the fact that she put herself there, sitting on them, I dunno, if the hugging was getting to her, I would think she would leave.