Have you ever been somewhere with your dog(s) and noticed someone walking their little dog towards you? Your dogs could be perfect angels, but the person takes one look at them and stoops to pick up the dog so they don't have to walk by your guys. Then proceeds to walk by without even looking at you.
I feel so sorry for that poor dog. Not only are you preventing your dog from a potentially fulfilling socialization, you may be causing more damage than good.
Why do I keep reading crap teaching new puppy owners how to carry their puppy?? I did a quick google search on this and found that there are actually entire articles teaching you the "Proper" way to carry your dog. Then they tell you to carry your new puppy to stores, parks and playgrounds for socialization. NEWSFLASH!!! Your dog will not be socializing while it's draped in your arms.
Why are you carrying your dog? Is it physically impaired? Does it have four legs? Did you know that even if it only has 3 legs it is still more capable than you of walking places. Why are people encouraged to carry their dog?
If anyone can answer these questions with VALID answers, I would love to hear them. I have been spending time in the city lately and am appalled at what I have been seeing.
I know many people who will turn around and say "well, your dogs are quite large and could cause a lot of damage to my poopsie-poo so I err on the side of caution." WHAT?!
Do you have a voice? What is preventing you from addressing me "Hello/Good Morning/Afternoon! Are your dogs friendly? Can we walk by safely?" Are you mute?