Proper Technique for Picking Up Your Dog

Kneel next to your dog before attempting to lift them. This brings you closer to their level.

Kneel Down

Slide your dominant arm beneath your dog's chest to support their front legs and chest.

Place One Arm Behind Legs

Put your other arm behind your dog's hind quarters and tail.

Place Other Arm Behind

Hug your dog close to your body to properly support their weight when standing up.

Hug Dog Close

Engage your legs to lift up, not your back. Keep good posture.

Use Your Legs

Only lift small dogs. Use ramps/stairs to limit lifting large dogs.

Limit High Lifting

If dog cries out or struggles, stop. Consult a vet if you notice limping or changes in behavior after lifting.

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