Written by Alison Antoniou
Lifting your furry friend can be a real workout, especially if Fido is flaunting a few extra pounds. But who knew there’s a dog-specific science to it? From puppies to senior pooches with their quirks, they all have their unique preferences when it comes to being hoisted. And believe us, some ways are downright hilarious! So here’s your guide to doggy lifts – or as we like to call it, Paws ‘n’ Lifts! 😂🐕
🏋️♀️ How to Haul a Heavy Hound 🏋️♂️
When grappling with a hefty hound, remember – bend those knees, not your back! First off, bend at your knees, not at your waist. Wrap one arm around his front, cradling his chest below the throat but above those paws. Then, slip your other arm under his hind legs, giving his rump some love. Just like lifting a giant, overstuffed sandwich, it’s all in the legs, folks. 💪
Now, this is the golden rule for dogs weighing 20 pounds or more. If your furball is tipping the scales at 40 pounds or more, call in reinforcements! Two heads – and sets of arms – are better than one, with one buddy cradling the front and the other swooping in for the backside rescue. 🦸♂️🦸♀️ And remember, folks, know your limits – if in doubt, make it a team effort!
🏃♂️🐾 Hauling a Wee Pooch 🏃♀️🐾
Now, when you’re dealing with a mini-furball or one of those elongated doggos like Dachshunds, it’s a different ballgame. First, kneel or squat down to their level. Slide one hand between their front legs, cradling their upper body, and slip your other hand behind their rump. A secure grip is key! Slowly stand up while lifting them, pulling them close to your chest to make them feel snug as a bug in a rug. 🐛🤗
🐕🐾 Lifting Little Pups 🐕🐾
For tiny puppies, it’s all about creating positive vibes from the get-go. Cradle them much like a small dog – one hand between their front legs, supporting their rear legs and backside. If your pup is so tiny they fit in one hand, cup their chest with your hand, fingers pointing towards their adorable head. Keep them close to your heart to prevent any anxiety and accidental flights from your palm! 💕👶
🤕🐾 Helping Dogs with Special Needs 🤕🐾
In cases where your four-legged buddy is injured, consider popping a muzzle on them. Pain can turn even the friendliest Fido into a nipper. When dealing with older dogs battling arthritis or other health snags, the same techniques for bigger dogs apply, but sometimes, a specialized lifting harness is a game-changer. Always consult your trusted veterinarian, as they know your furry friend’s condition best. 🩺🦴
Now, to make life easier for your fur baby, why not set up doggy-friendly stairs and ramps around the house? No more lifts needed! It’s all about independence for your pooch. And don’t forget the handy products out there to make carrying your doggo a breeze.
🐶🚲 Gear for Doggy Haulers 🚲🐶
We absolutely adore this sweet lady above but her dog’s bicycle balancing act is a disastrous adventure in the making!
If you’re off on a biking adventure, there’s the Travel Bike Basket, complete with a Universal Pet Travel Rear Bike Mount. Grab the small size for up to 10-pound dogs or the large size for up to 20 pounds. The Travel Bike Basket Hood will keep your pup comfy and protected from the elements.
🙅♂️ What NOT to Do When Picking Up a Dog 🙅♀️
While we’re doling out tips, here’s what you should absolutely never do, no matter your pup’s size. Never, ever lift your dog by the front legs or under their armpits, treating them like a doll. That’s a fast-track to a doggy injury! Likewise, steer clear of hoisting them by the scruff of the neck. And pay attention to signs of discomfort – yelps, sure, but also watch for cues like your pup avoiding being picked up, showing the whites of their eyes, yawning, or licking their lips.
Top tip: Introduce a command and treats when you’re lifting your dog so they know what’s coming. Over time, they’ll learn the command means a lift is on the way, and they won’t be taken by surprise.
With these handy techniques and some extra giggles, lifting your beloved pooch will be a breeze. Your dog will thank you for a cozy, secure lift – and maybe even offer a wag of approval! 😄🐾
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