Rather a strange problem this. When we first collected Keely she was really difficult to carry anywhere, to her paper for toileting, anywhere really. Even just the initial lifting she backed away from at the very start. She just goes rigid and then starts to shake a little, then goes absolutely wild. I have been careful to handle her confidently and calmly, and not too much or too little really. I appreciate that she's quite bold and curious and possibly doesnt like not being in control, but it's really difficult to carry her for any longer than 15 seconds without it becoming a struggle, and i dont want to worsen the situation as i think it's important for them not to have a bad association with being lifted. More so in case they get into a dangerous situation or get injured.
The other reason it is a problem is because we're keen to get her out and about meeting more people and experiencing different environments in regular short bursts, but she doesnt get her 2nd vaccination until 3rd of January so we cant let her down on the ground out and about til then, so the only option is to carry her. Any ideas of what we can do? i've tried carrying her in different ways, distracting her, giving little bits of her food when we lift her but she's still just as uncomfortable with it. By the way, it doesnt matter what height she is at, she doesnt like being lifted even when we kneel on the floor. And she is comfortable being handled by us in every other way, to the point that she usually initiates the cuddles
As a rule dogs don't like being off their feet so going down to the dogs level and holding her like Belle said makes sense to me. Same with what pixie said maybe start on the couch and give her some belly rub lovin!
Does she let you hold her when your on the couch or sitting?
Ya know I'm really lucky I never had issues with my dogs.