If an animal is picked up by the scruff of its neck using a two-fingered technique, this has a tendency to create a longitudinal skin fold on the animal. This can tighten the skin over the throat and trachea, causing stress to animal.

Norecopa, in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, has produced a short video, available in English and Spanish, illustrating a refinement of this technique, using three fingers, which creates a transverse skin fold on the animal, thereby relieving the pressure on the throat:

Three fingers better than two: A refinement of the scruffing technique

Tres dedos mejor que dos: Refinamiento de la técnica de scruffing (piel de la nuca)

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We are very grateful to Rafael Frías for providing the Spanish text for this film.

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