I’m pet sitting for a neighbor soon, and I might have to carry her puppy as well as her adult dog. Is there a correct way to lift and carry these different-sized dogs?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
While it’s best to use a leash, there are times when any caretaker might need to lift and carry a dog. It’s good to know the proper way to do this.
If you hold a dog incorrectly, such as with both hands behind the forepaws, it could cause the animal substantial discomfort. With a squirming puppy or otherwise fidgeting dog, it could also cause the canine to get loose, possibly putting itself and others in danger.
This technique is best for a puppy, but it works for most dogs too: Begin by placing one of your hands under the dog’s chest, behind its two front paws. Place your other hand under the stomach area. When you lift, allow the dog’s legs to rest on your arms, and cradle the legs for support. Keep the tail tucked in to avoid it getting hurt should the dog accidentally fall out of your arms or jump.