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Yesterday I mentioned how our time with Riley reminded me how much I would like to get Eko a little sibling one day. Sure it is great dreaming about all the fun stuff, but I also got to thinking about the practical aspects as well. First and foremost, I wondered about what the best techniques are for walking multiple dogs at once. I have seen master walkers handle a whole pack of pups on loose leashes, but how do they do it?
When Eko and Riley caught sight of a rabbit they both lunged forward
And I did my best to implement a “we don’t walk unless both leashes are loose” rule
My walks with Eko and Riley were by no means perfect, but I felt we made some progress. Although now I’m not so sure. It was easier to have a leash in each hand, but I felt like a bit of a sidewalk hog. I have seen dogs share a sled-harness type leash that keeps them close together, but I don’t think that would work for dogs of markedly different size. I also realized that when walking two dogs, personality is an important consideration as well.
Scout, my mom’s dog is naturally a much slower walker than Eko
And Dutch, my brother’s dog, is a fast walker but loves to make frequent stops to smell just about everything
Like anything else, time and practice are key factors but I need to figure out exactly what I should be practicing in the first place. There are a lot of different factors to consider. I’m sure there are a number of solutions and strategies here so if you are someone who has experience walking more than one dog at a time I would love to hear some tips. Thanks!