Friday, April 25, 2014

Multi-Dog Walks

Every once in awhile, one of us (humans) is required to go out of town for work.  This leaves the other home alone with the pooches.  And while this is great (hello, snuggle partners!), it also means more work for the one at home.


And while being the sole provider of food, treats, and pets is not a huge burden, taking both pooches for walks can be.  When we're together, Sam & I can tag team walks; when one of us is traveling it either requires twice the amount of walks or walking two pooches at once.


While this was nearly impossible before we got both pooches to walk nicely on lead (most of the time), individual leash work over the few years has made walking both pooches at once do-able.  It takes so much more focus on all three of our parts, but it's much better than twice the walks.

Do you every have to walk two pooches at once?  What's your secret?

6 comments:

  1. I have never done it because Julius still has minimal leash manners and Ray has minimal patience. :-)

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    1. It's definitely a balancing act - and it took a lot of work with both to be able to even try!

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  2. The Mr. goes out of town at least once a week, so I have to walk Nola and Sarge together quite a bit. Let me tell you, it is a pain in the you know what! Individually, they are great on leash. But, you put them together and they forget all their manners. And, it doesn't help that they outweigh me!

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    1. Yes! I don't know what it is, but they seem to completely forget everything! My two also think it becomes a race against each other. It's like "hello, we are all going to get there at the exact same time!"

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  3. Love the last picture:) One advantage of taking care of Zoey for the past year is that it has forced me to work on our leash walking skills since she can't go hiking with us. Ever since they were puppies, I've walked Kaya & Norman on either side of me so I could manage them separately. Kaya always wanted to pull ahead and Norman would get behind, plus Kaya would get into "me first" mode walking next to Norman.

    I make them heel the whole time we're walking, sit when I stop and ignore other dogs even though they are not reactive. We've gotten pretty dang good at it! And at age 11, I'm not about to start Zoey's leash training so 2 of of 3 ain't bad;)

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  4. The best way I've found to walk Boomer and Dottie together is to make sure the leashes are short, I have a bunch of treats and we move along at a good clip.

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