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Pickup Moves (Dumb Dog Trick #273)

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Published on Mar 24, 2012

BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU PICK UP ANY DOG! Some dogs don't like to be picked up and might snap or bite you! Never attempt to pick up a strange dog or a dog you are not familiar with.

Be careful when you pick up any dog, because you might hurt yourself or, worse yet, hurt the dog.

How do you pick up a dog? Different rules for Shitzus than for Newfies.

Okay, my philosophy on this one is that you shouldn't over do it. All of our dogs will tolerate being picked up, but they can seem a little hesitant if we do it more than once a day.

Also, if you can't lift a sack of potatoes, don't go thinking you can lift a squirming sack of potatoes.

Take a medium-sized dog, a 40 lb Border Collie. Think about making a cradle with your arms. One arm will go around the front of the dog's chest and the other arm will wrap around the dog's back legs, basically gather the dog's legs in your arms so that your hands meet on the other side of the dog. Lift with your legs. Support the dog's hind quarters lower than the dog's head, as necessary.

If you're a busted up old fool, like me, stick to tricks like sit and stay. Sit in your easy chair and stay there.

Always be very careful. Always have fun with your dogs. If the experience is not positive, change the experience.

Make a funny dog video and send it to me ... I'd watch it for real and probably comment with something nice like, "Woof."

This video was made using an iPhone 4s and iMovie. The voice over was recorded in garageband. I do talking dog videos once in a while, but never very well. So I took a little longer and bite off smaller pieces on this one. It's almost like a real talking dog video, huh?

Jim Jump March 2012

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