Do dogs like being held? 10 things you need to know

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Do dogs like being held? It’s a question that has been debated for years. Given the right circumstances, dogs seem to enjoy being held. But not every dog will tolerate it, and some might even be fearful or aggressive.

In this article, we will explore 10 things you need to know about whether or not dogs like being held.

Let’s find out.

Do Dogs Like Being Held?

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It depends on your dog whether he likes being held or not. Some dogs like to be held in your arms and gently cuddled. Others don’t like it at all, and whenever you try to hold them, they would let you know their displeasure. However, Teaching a dog to enjoy being held might take time, but with patience, it is possible.

Those dogs that don’t like being held consider it a scary experience. They can’t move while they’re in your arms. It is possible that their displeasure is due to a horrible past experience.

Whenever you try to hold a puppy that does not like to be held, it will give clear signals of displeasure. It might escape to its favorite hiding place.

On the other hand, a puppy that loves to be held will bring its body near you. Whining, barking, leaning and standing up against you are some of the positive ‘hold me up’ signs. Once in your arms, the dog will be relaxed and calm.

Why Does My Dog Yelp When I Pick It Up?

If your dog yelps whenever you pick it up, it may be because you startled them. If your dog loves to be held, it will get excited each time you are about to pick it up. And yelping is an expression of their excitement.

However, you need to carefully look for signs of whether it is a happy yelp or a sad yelp.

Because if you hold a dog that does not like to be held, it may make a helpless yelp of misery.  It is also possible that you hold your dog the wrong way, and whenever you hold it up, your dog experiences pain and yelps.

Why Does My Dog Let Me Hold Him Like a Baby?

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If your dog lets you hold him like a baby, it may be for many reasons.

If your dog has separation anxiety, it will let you hold it up like a baby. If this happens before you normally leave home for work or after you have arrived home from work, it may be due to separation anxiety issues.

Making you hold it up like a baby also becomes a possibility if your dog seeks your attention.

Likewise, it is also possible that your dog wants to show you his affection by getting cuddled up in your arms.

Alternatively, if you offer your dog treats and rewards whenever it lets you hold him up like a baby, he may think it’s encouraging behavior.

What Dog Breeds Like Being Held Up?

Some dog breeds like to be held and cuddled more than others. Following are the 15 breeds that love to be held up.

  1. Pomeranian
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  4. Pug
  5. Maltese
  6. Miniature Schnauzer
  7. Bichon Frisé
  8. Dachshund
  9. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  10. Golden Retriever
  11. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  12. Greyhound
  13. Labrador Retriever
  14. Bulldog 
  15. Collie

What Dog Breeds Don’t Like to Be Held Up?

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There are a few dog breeds that hate being held. Following are 10 dog breeds that usually don’t appreciate being held.

  1. Irish Wolfhound
  2. Afghan Hound
  3. Basenji
  4. Bloodhound
  5. Chow Chow
  6. Shar-pei
  7. Saluki
  8. Scottish Terrier
  9. Shiba inu
  10. Borzoi

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to Make My Dog Like Being Held?

First, relax your dog with a gentle rub where he likes it most. While your puppy is relaxed, hold him up and give him a very short hug. Then put him down. He may not like it at first, but keep doing it repeatedly until he is okay with being held and have a hug from you.

Why Do Little Dogs Like to Be Held Up?

Little dogs enjoy the companionship and care of humans. They have a desire to be close to their owners. During the process of domestication, they love to be held up to get close to the humans, just like their mama dog would hold them up. Holding up a little dog makes them feel loved.

Why Does My Dog Not Like to Be Held Up?

Your dog’s first instinct in the face of danger is to run. When he is held up, it is impossible for him to run. That can be one reason why your dog doesn’t like to be held. The other reason may be that your dog has had a negative experience. Dogs have a very sharp memory, and they remember experiences.

Can I Hug My Dog?

As it is natural for humans to embrace other humans, it is perfectly fine to hug your canine friends. Your dog is your companion, and sometimes all you need is a hug. So, it is okay to hug your dog whenever you want to have a canine-friendly hug.
Read more about it in this article: do dogs like being hugged.

Do Dogs Like Being Held by The Scruff of The Neck?

Scruff is the loose skin around a dog’s neck. A mama dog grabs her puppy by the scruff. Although a mama dog might do this, it is not recommended for humans to hold your dog by the scruff. It can cause a lot of pain to your dog and could result in damage to the sensitive tissues around the neck.


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Some dogs like to be held. There are others that despise it. It depends upon the dog as to whether he appreciates it or not. If your dog loves to be held, you can do it as many times as you want or as your dog wants.

Always train your dog to like being held in a gentle and careful manner.

There are some dog breeds that love to cuddle and to be held. Other breeds are averse to it. If your dog doesn’t like to be held up, it can be because of a past negative experience.

So, if your dog loves to be held, do offer him a baby hug right after you finish this article.

Good luck.

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Housam Ayouni
Housam Ayouni

I am a professional in the field of canine behavior and care with many years of experience. Through my dog blog, which has reached over one million dog owners, I offer practical tips and guidance to support dog owners in creating strong, positive relationships with their pets and promoting the well-being and happiness of all dogs. My goal is to help dog owners create a harmonious and fulfilling life with their furry companions.

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