How You Can Tell if Your Dog Likes Being Picked Up

Not all dogs like to be picked up. Just like us, dogs have personal preferences and it’s important for the dog owner to be able to read the dog’s body language so they know whether it is okay or not to pick up their pet.

Dogs that do like to be picked up generally like physical interactions with their humans and other pets. For example, dog breeds like golden retrievers and English bulldogs are known to be super affectionate and love a good cuddling session with their humans. You will know if a dog enjoys being picked up if they show signs of excitement or content like when they try to lick you or when they wag their tails.

Not all dogs are like this though. Some dogs may prefer to maintain boundaries so they may give you a warning if you try to pick them up. For example, some dogs may give you a low growl as you approach them or may lick their lips to show signs of discontent. Whether the dog likes being picked up or not, it’s really important to never make it a surprise. Try not to pick up the dog from behind (when they may least expect it). This could create negative memories for them.

It’s important to also note that some dogs may not like being picked up due to medical reasons. Perhaps there are issues with their joints and muscles and they feel pain in those areas when they are being picked up. It’s important to take your dog to the vet for a diagnosis if you suspect this is the reason for your dog to suddenly not like being picked up.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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