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September 17, 2013

What Is The Best Way To Walk Multiple Dogs?

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

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?

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When Eko and Riley caught sight of a rabbit they both lunged forward

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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.

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Scout, my mom’s dog is naturally a much slower walker than Eko

Double trouble

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!

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