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    Senior Member CoverTune's Avatar
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    How to pick up a dog?

    I'm a little paranoid about my girls having back issues later in life, because they're small, they get picked up dozens of times a day.

    I do it with one hand under the belly (just behind the front legs), and then "scoop" the bum up in my other hand.

    What is the best way to pick up a small dog, that's going to be the least stressful on their tiny bodies?


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    Re: How to pick up a dog?

    That's how I pick up my dog as well. He's small also (12 lbs). I also hold him more or less between the front legs and use my arm to cradle the rest of him against me. I don't know if that makes sense or not.

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    Re: How to pick up a dog?

    Yep, that sounds right. My cat is a little different because he is such a long guy, but Butch is picked up that way. Roxxy doesn't like to have her feet off the ground so she doesn't get picked up much...



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    Re: How to pick up a dog?

    That's the right way to do it Covertune. It's important to maintain support best you can of the hind end so that they are not "hanging". Since they are so small you could have them simply straddle your arm both front and back legs if you need "one in each arm" and they aren't strugglers.
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    Re: How to pick up a dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoverTune View Post
    I'm a little paranoid about my girls having back issues later in life, because they're small, they get picked up dozens of times a day.

    I do it with one hand under the belly (just behind the front legs), and then "scoop" the bum up in my other hand.

    What is the best way to pick up a small dog, that's going to be the least stressful on their tiny bodies?
    we have a pug and a corgi mix...

    we pick both of them up the same way, which is one hand across their chest and one hand under their tail, much like you've seen calves picked up....

    we were told to pick them up like their mothers....by the scruff of their necks, but it seems to me, that, once they are of a certain age, they should no longer need, want or like that.

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