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I think training two dogs at once is generally harder, but there is a natural sense of competitiveness that can work to your advantage. For example, you can have heeling contests or sitting contests on walks. If one doesn't comply or takes an unreasonably long time, only the other gets the treat. Same thing if one is walking nicely beside you and the other is pulling at the leash, the well behaved one gets the treat. When both are walking nicely, they get tandem treats. (I'm assuming here that you're just working on general leash manners and they aren't fearful/reactive). You could do the same thing during play, teaching them to suddenly settle by letting them work each other up and then calling them to come and sit. If one comes and one doesn't, the one who doesn't watches the other eat something delicious. Most likely they will catch on VERY quickly. Or alternatively you could use go to your mat or crate, which might be more conducive to establishing longer-term calm, though either way you would probably have to work up slowly, both with the intensity you let them get to before asking them to settle, and with the amount of time they have to spend on their mats before they earn the treat.
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