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Old 02-07-2009, 02:58 PM
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So, after they are no longer itsy bitsy puppies, can you carry a dog by its scruff? I know you can do it for a minute to get their attention but how about carrying a four to six month old puppy by its scruff for five minutes or so down the road? Probably about the size of Titan or so - maybe a tad larger so under 10 pounds. Fluffy.

I just watched a neighbor of ours (who I don't know) catch his dog off leash then carry it back (out of my sight) by its scruff. It wasn't struggling or squirming or crying. It was just hanging there like a kitten would when grabbed by its scruff.

EDITED TO ADD: I just tried it on Titan and on Liz. They completely relaxed and couldn't care less. I did it slowly, of course, but could pick them completely up and they were totally fine with it.

I've heard it's cruel but, obviously, some dogs don't mind. Why is it said to be cruel then?

I'm confused
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:16 PM
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I would never do it. It doesn't properly support them. Especially with my dachshunds, you have to support their butts and upper bodies at the same time.

And even with my Chihuahua and chi mixes I would never do it.

Don't really have any comments as to why, I just wouldn't.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:18 PM
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I would never do it. It doesn't properly support them. Especially with my dachshunds, you have to support their butts and upper bodies at the same time.

And even with my Chihuahua and chi mixes I would never do it.

Don't really have any comments as to why, I just wouldn't.
^^^ditto.

I think its taking a risk... I would be worried about the possibility of injuring them... you could pinch a nerve or do much worse if they squirmed.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:17 PM
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I left that up to the Mommys ! Would never do it !
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:56 PM
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:21 PM
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Is there any proof to the whole if a dog is carried by its scruff nd doesn't whine or in pain, it means its a purebred?
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:31 PM
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lol, that sounds like all the other ridiculous made up stuff about "if a dog does this, or likes this, or looks like this, etc" its a purebred dog.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:32 PM
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Is there any proof to the whole if a dog is carried by its scruff nd doesn't whine or in pain, it means its a purebred?
WHAT?

I don't know if I understand you completely Juicy..........are you asking:

If you grab/carry a dog by the scruff and it doesn't whine/have pain does that prove/mean it's a purebred dog?

If that is your question, I believe it's safe to say NO........it does NOT mean it's a purebred dog, there is no such physical test I can think of to prove a dog is purebred...........NOT ONE.

I have never heard of this theory before (and I have heard of some WEIRD theories) May I ask where you heard of this?
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:45 PM
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Umm the whippets would scream and they are purebred.

I would never do it short of an emergency.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:34 PM
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Something I heard of being brought up. I've heard other people thinking its true. Older people, usually from the islands.
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