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What is cow hugging?

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Cow hugging is a wellness practice used to promote wellbeing and relaxation in both people and cows.


Here at Cow Companions, we offer the amazing stress-busting experience of spending time with these amazing animals to help promote positivity and relaxation.


This blog post will go into the science of cow hugging and how it may help you in your wellness practices.


Keep reading to find out more...


In the Netherlands, this popular wellness activity is known as Koe Knuffelen.


The science of cow hugging


The main aspect of animal hugging that has the most benefit is the release of the hormone Oxytocin which promotes relaxation, social bonding, empathy, and trust.


It is thought that this is increased when bonding through cow hugging because of their overall size, body temperature, and slower heart rate, all of which create a sense of comfort and relaxation.



Is cow hugging dangerous?


Before each cow hugging session, we will have an induction on safety and the do's and don't in relation to dealing with these large but gentle animals.


We also won't allow one-on-one cow hugging interaction unless there is mutual respect between you and the cow, and both are happy to connect.


Our cows are used to human contact, so are usually up for a good fuss and cuddle!



Experience cow hugging


The pandemic has created a huge demand for connection and bonding. With people unable to connect with friends and family there has been a large boom in interest in cow hugging.


Even though it originated in the Netherlands, cow hugging has now become a wellness phenomenon, with the service offered in many parts of the world.


We are proud to be the first cow hugging service in Wales! As well as one of the only few in the UK.


Cowing hugging is something that needs to be expereince first hand to fully feel the benefits, so why not book a visit and see what it's all about?








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