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Hello everyone!
I have a six month old Pomeranian named Noah. I'm having a little issue with the kicking.
Every time I pick him up he would kick and want to jump off my arm before I could put him down.
Any advice on how to stop that? He does sit for me to put his leash on. Thank you :)
 

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I need to pick him up to take him outside to do his business. He is not in any discomfort. He just likes to kick and I want to break the habit.
Why are you picking him up? Can you accomplish the same thing without needing to lift him? He may not be comfortable.
 

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Why do you need to carry him?

He may not be experiencing physical discomfort, but he could be psychologically uncomfortable either being held when he wants to be on the floor or being lifted so far off the ground.
 

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I agree it's most likely either fear of falling, physical discomfort or being restrained that is causing him to kick. If you must carry him I'd work on getting him comfortable with it. You may need someone to help you, or start sitting. Give him small treats while you hold him, then put him down. Let him know it's not a bad thing. And give him time too. Being picked up is not a normal thing for dogs and I'm sure it's scary for many.
 
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I agree, jumping normally means discomfort for one reason or another. Very often likely due to feeling insecure/as if they might fall. How are you picking up and putting down? Sometimes changing how you do this makes the dog more comfortable and resolves the issue.
Two different ways to pick up a dog. Both show supporting body on the lift and putting down.
 

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I put him in my kitchen with a baby gate. He will sit on command so I can put the leash on and take him outside. That's the only time I have to pick him up because there's no way he can jump through the baby gate, lol.
Thank you everyone for helping!
 

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I have another question, I want to put him on my bed but I'm too anxious that he'll jump off and break a bone. How do I know when he's ready to be on the bed?
 

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Just watch him very carefully when he's on the bed. Most puppies will hesitate before jumping off a bed, but some will just take a dive.

Definitely work on some kind of "Stop that" command that redirects the dog's attention back to you and stops them from doing what they're doing. From my puppy I use an "eh-eh-eh" noise; she stops what she's doing and looks at me. My older dog (who is very smart) knows the command "Careful" from when she was learning about our invisible fence as well as the "eh-eh-eh" noise. Both also respond to "No", although I tend to use noise less frequently than "no" because that's a word that comes up so often in normal conversation.

Examples of when I would do this: they want to jump off the bed and I know it is too far- I say command/make noise- they stop preparing to jump off the bed, I ask for them to "drop it" when we're playing tug and they do not respond- I say "eheheh" and they drop it- often will also sit and make eye contact if they aren't too amped up from play, they are going after food- I say "leave it" and they don't listen- I say "eheheh" and they (really only the younger one, the older on is too food motivated) will stop.
 

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Can't edit the above post but something I forgot:

An important note with the word "no"- don't use it as a catch-all command. It can be good to redirect attention and stop something momentarily but don't say "NO" and mean "stop doing X", and then you expect that dog will not do X anymore. For example: barking, begging, digging, chewing, biting- all should have a different command to cease the behavior, and it's best not to pair "No X" for every command as dogs generalize well and "No Beg" and "No Dig" sound similar. For example, I say "quiet" to mean stop barking, "enough" to say stop begging, and "no bite" to stop play biting when my dogs are puppies.

Also, for the kicking, just give him time- small dogs will often struggle when you pick them up before they eventually realize that you're not going to drop them. My current Boston was like this, but quickly learned sometimes we pick her up to move her from point A to point B and knows if we call her over now and pat our hip we want her to stand at our ankle facing the same way as us so we can scoop her up. Praising and treating for staying still also never hurts.
 
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