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    Is there a 'proper' way to pick up a bulldog? Porkchop weighs 37 lbs so he's not a huge load for me. I usually put one arm behind the front legs and one hand between his back legs, then supporting him against my chest. When I pick him up like that, he seems to go stiff as a tree branch until I put him down. I hope I'm not hurting him like this. If there is a better way, please post.
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    Belle loves to go for car rides. She jumps into my SUV or my husband's truck with no problems, but we don't let her jump down for fear of injury. When I pick her up, I put one arm across the front part of her chest to stabilize her and my other arm goes in front of her back legs. I don't like putting an arm behind her front legs because if she were to jump forward I would have a hard time stopping her. I dropped a small dog that way once

    This link shows what I'm talking about. Sorry, it's hard to explain in words.

    How to Pick up a Dog Properly: 3 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
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    Quote Originally Posted by paw7004 View Post
    Is there a 'proper' way to pick up a bulldog? Porkchop weighs 37 lbs so he's not a huge load for me. I usually put one arm behind the front legs and one hand between his back legs, then supporting him against my chest. When I pick him up like that, he seems to go stiff as a tree branch until I put him down. I hope I'm not hurting him like this. If there is a better way, please post.
    Thanks!
    That's how I was taught to hold my boy. I do love to hold him like a baby with his paws around my neck and his head on my shoulder though.

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    I always lift with one arm in front of the front legs and scoop with the other arm behind the coolie.
    My smooshy face boy!

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    Pork has made a leap out of my hold before. This method that you posted makes sense. I've never seen this hold. I will test this out. Thank you!

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    I pick up Winnie with my right arm in front of her chest on top of her legs and left arm under her tush and back legs. It feels pretty balanced that way because bullies are top heavy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paw7004 View Post
    Is there a 'proper' way to pick up a bulldog? Porkchop weighs 37 lbs so he's not a huge load for me. I usually put one arm behind the front legs and one hand between his back legs, then supporting him against my chest. When I pick him up like that, he seems to go stiff as a tree branch until I put him down. I hope I'm not hurting him like this. If there is a better way, please post.
    Thanks!

    that is what we both do too... this way they can not jump out of your arms
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    I would need a block and tackle................-blockntackle-png
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    That is just too funny! If Pork porks out, I'll need a tool too!

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    My best way is to call Weesie and have her do it.

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    I pick our dogs up that way because they are so heavy! One arm around the chest, one arm behind the backside.

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    Default Re: Proper way to pick up a bulldog?

    My bulldogs weigh between 53-64 lbs, I'm going on my knees when picking them up as I'm kind of small, but usually I put my left arm behind their left front leg and then in between the front legs so my hand is on their chest and my right arm are between their back legs with my hand on their tummy. They seem kind of comfortable with it but I'm not, lol.
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