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