A dear friend has a bulging disc in her back. An avid dog lover on days when her back is especially painful bending over to love from her dogs is difficult. Getting leashes on and off nearly impossible. I wrote this blog for her and for everyone with back pain also loves dogs.
1) Raise Them Up
If you can’t reach your dog, teach him to hop within reach.
You can have your dog hop up next to you on the couch or bed but that can be painful. A sudden jump or bump just isn’t always fun. Targeting them on a dog bed next to your favorite resting spots can put Spot within easy reach while protecting yourself.
Depending on what sort of movement is easiest for you and on the size of your dog, here are a few stable beds that raise your dog up: DoggySnooze Tall Legs or an Arm’s Reach Pet Bunk (25″ tall and can be raised high with their Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Pet Bunk Leg Extensions). Be sure your dog can hop up and down safely from the Arm’s Reach Bunk. Many dogs will be able to but need secure footing to land on (I’ve used gel mats for that on hardwood or tile), some may need dog stairs.
2) Teach Your Dog to “Get Dressed”
You can teach your dog to put their head through any collar or sweater or harness you put in front of them. When your dog helps with getting them dressed, things can be much easier on the back.
Combine these two by having your dog hop up on his bed and then sit, patiently, while you hook up the leash. Teach your dog The Simple Sit (to respond quickly to very light collar pressure as taught in My Smart Puppy) to help him be even more manageable and calm.
Developing such daily routines and habits in both you and your dog can minimize your bending which should help minimize your pain.
We hope this helps.