Handling a tiny therapy dog

Pete's favorite hold

Pete’s favorite hold

Petey is such a tiny dog, only four pounds, so finding the best position for holding him is crucial. I don’t want him to be hurt when handled and want him to love being held.

So with the help of some friends we tried all sorts of handling techniques for such a small dog.

Turn him over and he is in bliss

Turn him over and he is in bliss

It’s difficult to always have control of him and still allow people to have enough “dog” to pet or hold!

His favorite position seems to be held like a football, up high eye level.

Rub his belly and the sweetest look comes over his face

Rub his belly and the sweetest look comes over his face

This way his belly can be rubbed, he can lean forward yet I can have a good grip on him.

As soon as you put him down on his blanket or a lap or bed, he rolls up in a ball like a snail. But if you pet him, he will turn over for easy belly rubs.

He also loves being cradled in your arms like a baby. He can look around but is securely held.

He gets a look of pure bliss on his face when leaned back in this hold.

Sometimes his little tongue will fall out the side of his mouth. But more and more he is controlling it and just “smiling.”

Hugs are also favorite holds

Hugs are also favorite holds

Working with him to discover his best holds is an important part of his journey to becoming a Love Dog.

And he loves all this “research!”