Friday, August 22, 2014

Family Walk Friday: Two Dogs at Once

As much as we think we sometimes want another dog, it really is nice having one human for every pooch.  While Sam & I don't travel much for work, there are occasions where it's one human and two dogs.


 In that case, one of us is responsible for walking both dogs.  Often, I'll take each dog for a shorter walk.  But there are sometimes I want to take the dogs for a longer walk, or I don't have time for two walks.


 For those times, I walk the dogs together.  While Edison and Tesla are pretty good walkers on their own, it seems that they lose all manners when walked together.  I've found keeping the walks shorter, having plenty of treats, and frequent check-ins help create a successful walk with two pooches.


Do you have to walk two pooches?  What are some tricks you use to make it successful?

36 comments:

  1. As you know, Kaya & Norman are mostly off leash so that's a whole different cup of tea but I can totally relate to them losing their manners when walking together on leash. Since they were puppies, I've always walked them on either side of me so that I know which dog needs leash pressure in which way. Plus Kaya gets into race mode when walking next to Norman.

    They've gotten pretty good at heeling while we walk but when things really fall apart is when we're walking with another person. They know they don't have my undivided attention and they wander to the end of the leash quite a bit.

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    1. We do the same thing -- one on either side. I always see people walking them on the same side, which I think would be nice so you would (kind of) have one hand free, but it just doesn't really work out for us.

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  2. I tried walking Boomer and Dottie this morning by myself and it certainly could have been better!

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  3. In the 3 years that we have been a 2-dog pack in our household, I have probably only walked the dogs together about a half-dozen times. Our Jack Russell is very dog aggressive and has zero manners when on leash, so unfortunately he does not get many walks. On the few occasions that I have been brave (stupid) enough to try and walk them together, thinking that he will feed off of Lainey's calm vibe....I quickly learn IT DOES NOT WORK!

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    1. Why does it never work that way -- it's always the crazy dog that rubs off on the calm one!!

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  4. It's most definitely a challenge - especially if either or both is reactive and feed off the other. I find it challenging if both are walking or even if Jake is in the stroller. Our key to success is making sure we don't walk during popular dog walking times and I bring lots of treats!!

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