A great practice for any breed, but it’s especially important to pick up and hold a Dachshund correctly, due to the sensitivity of their long spines. The most important point to remember is that you don’t want to twist or stress her back unnaturally.
- Kneel down and slip one hand under her upper body, supporting her chest and ribcage. Spread your fingers wide to support the largest area possible of her body.
- Place your other hand under her rear, fingers spread wide, to support her lower body.
- Slowly lift the dachshund up, keeping her back as flat as possible.
- Continue to support the dachshund’s back as long as you are holding her.
- Let her hang from her front legs or chest. Always support her loin and rear.
- Drop her to the ground. Always gently place her there.
- Let her squirm from your arms. Always hold her securely.