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I've Asked This Before, Walking with Two Strong Dogs?

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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Thu Mar 21, '13 5:54pm PST 
Think I've asked this before but how do you safely walk two really strong dogs at the same time? Rather how is a way to gradually be able to walk them at the same time? First the weather needs to get less crispy, then I need to research out of the way trails with minimum of other people or dogs.

Sophie is good on a regular collar and double leash. Callie has a comfort harness that works well with him. It's just the first block or three with even one of them at a time is like leashing a truck...Callie and the space shuttle...Sophie.

I'm not very big or very muscular and the two of them together is almost my weight. Sophie alone has pulled me over more than once. But that was several years ago and she's actually gotten much much better.

Besides the initial blast when they get out of the house it's also about other dogs on leash. Callie pretty much ignores other dogs and he's gotten calmer with passing people. Sophie still goes ballistic seeing another dog on leash-not attacking but leaping and growling like a nut...seeing Callie on leash is okayshrug

I'm afraid of Sophie seeing another dog accidently and Callie deciding to chime in and both of them dragging my arms across the street. But it would be so much easier and I think enjoyable for all of us, if we could learn to walk together. Or is it perhaps too dangerous an idea to really attempt?

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Turner - Gone Too- Soon

Hi I'm Turner- Wanna Smell My- Butt?
 
 
Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 9:36am PST 
Personally I wouldn't risk it. If they were to pull you over and you lost control of them what would happen? I would work on their leash skills more fist before attempting to walk both of them.. way to go
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Maci & Harley & Jigar

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Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 9:53am PST 
This eats up a lot of time in a day but what I did was walk each dog separately to get their jollies out first. Then take another walk with them together but it would be mostly training. My 2 are pretty good separately but when I would walk them together it turned into a weight pull competition smile

So I would tire them out first then work on what I wanted when they were walked together. Sometimes on that 'together' walk we would not get very far! Eventually they learn that the same rules apply.
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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 10:58am PST 
"Weight pull competition", yup that describes Callie's happy walk exactly. If he had a refrigerator on a sled in back of him he'd probably make record timelaugh out loud
But you're right...taking the hour for each of them is tricky to fit in some days. But they each get quality together time with me and I can adjust to what they prefer. Sophie just wants to run and run, off leash, on leash...she sniffs and even pees on the move.
Callie has this big forward haul when he sees something interesting, but for the most part it's march a few feet and sniff every molecule of an area, then march some more...as a human I see a marine, mmmm sniffsniffsniff, bomb expert specialist and darn good one...Mr. Fearless
Better safe than sorry, one at a time is the logical answer.
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Alva BH

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Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 3:52pm PST 
Yep, one at a time is the safest way if you cannot be sure that you can handle them in any situation.

We had two Tervuerens when I was a teen. I was forbidden to walk them together yet I did so when my mom wasn't present. Risky, maybe... I counted on that the other usually did not pull or struggle in her leash though she was DA (mostly barking and growling) and the other I could control by vocal commands because more often someone else walked the DA one and I walked the backup barker and spend a lot of time with her and trained her on my own. If they would have wanted they could have been able to drag me anywhere they wanted. But they never did, I don't know if I was lucky or the dogs so well trained after all (my mom had done the basics, I just trained the other to listen to me).

I've mostly given up walking my parents' two dogs and Alva together because it is not relaxing. When I get two of them in line the third one wanders off and I have to herd all of them out of the way when a random car is approacing and there is no pavement or we are on a walkway and there is a dog passing by (my parents' pooches bark because they do not want to see other dogs and Alva cannot resist her desire to meet a new friend). Not to mention how much they tangle.
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Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Sat Mar 23, '13 4:34am PST 
I have three dogs that I walk one at a time, and a foster or two sometimes. I refuse to risk it. Sabi is a gem to walk, and Bud is easy enough but there is always the what if. All three together could get really ugly, even two could be brutal. I just decided it wasn't worth the risk.
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Milton

Im just a little- guy
 
 
Barked: Tue Mar 26, '13 4:12pm PST 
How do you feel about head collars?

My mom has one very strong pitbull mix and it is way easier for my mom to walk her with a halti. The dog does need training, but with out the halti it would be very difficult to control her as she is bent on pulling. I have walked this dog with out the halti and it makes a huge difference.

Training them to walk with loose leashes would be ideal. It's not a bad idea to use a tool like a head collar in the process. Head collars put the head right at your side which is good for training heels.
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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Tue Mar 26, '13 7:22pm PST 
Yeah when I first got Sophie I considered trying one of those. But now she's kind of middle aged and more mellow, she walks very nicely actually, speed walking sometimes but stays right with me. Ditto for Callie, he's so busy snuffling stuff he goes rather slow for a young guy.

The problem is situational. We've had Sophie for around six years now. We've been able to work with just about every issue she's had, but other dogs on leash when she is on leash...she becomes possessed. Example of her strength-my husband could have played football easily when he was younger, still a solid size. She has almost pulled HIM over, seeing another dog on leash when she was on leash.

The other thing that will set her off is a cat that isn't one of ours. No matter how relaxed I get walking her. There is always being alert that suddenly the leash is going to get instantly ripped through my hands...because there is a cat on the neighbors steps.

Callie doesn't get fazed by too much of anything. Sometimes skateboards, certain young men who look at him the wrong way, bike riders who come too close. But unless there was like a magical emergency stop button for Sophie, I realize it is too dangerous to take a chance walking the two of them together. She needs my undivided attention just in case.
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Czarka, CGC- UJJ

Why walk when- you can run?
 
 
Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 7:43am PST 
In dock jumping, I've learned what it is like trying to control/restrain an obsessed large dog.

I don't see anything like this when we walk (thanks be to dog), but the knowledge of what the big dog actually feels like in full pull... changes my view of what could be. So I watch my footing and try to be more aware of what's going on within my visual range.

Two strong dogs... done it. I HAVE ended up eating sidewalk when I failed to see something that would get them both amped... and they weren't pulling that hard; just in slightly different directions. In the ultimate stupidity, I've even done 3... all non-pullers. It's fine... beyond the fact that it felt much like walking on ice. I expect something to go wrong. Not much fun on the human side, but dogs were happy
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Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
 
 
Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 2:16pm PST 
Hmm.. It depends on the dogs, for me.

Maya with Charlie was SUPER EASY. Maya was an incredibly sensitive dog, who, if the leash tightened up on the collar at all, would immediately slow or drop to my side(when I first got her, it would cause her to drop to the ground in fear). She was never a hard dog to walk. Charlie, I always walked with her on a Halti just because he's generally easier on his Halti anyway and I've been working on LLW, both on the Halti and off, and the Halti has helped us progress to where he's at now, without it).

Ria with Charlie? Never... Never ever on my life unless someone else had Ria. Ria is a fantastic OFF LEASH dog... But we haven't worked nearly enough with her on the on leash walking for me to feel safe even walking just her. I'm pregnant and she's incredibly hard for me to handle on leash.

That said... Before I was pregnant, when I lived in a house with five dogs total, I was the only one walking them. Three Rottweilers(Maya was one), a Bull Mastiff and Charlie. I'd get up early each morning, and I would take them out one by one. I'd jog one, walk the next, jog the next, walk the next, etc. I determined which dogs would make good jogging partners based on health, energy, and how they were on a leash, and which would be better walkers. Maya and the Mastiff were the two walking dogs, because Maya's hips were so bad, and the Mastiff was soooo incredibly strong and it was SAFER(she was severely SSA).

Many times it was Maya and Charlie on a simple walk together. That said.. On the good days when I didn't have classes, I'd take them each for a REALLY long walk.

But yeah, overall, I found it depended a lot on the dog, how they were on walks, and what I felt safest doing. And it also depended on whether or not a dog needed on leash work.. Because it's easier to work a dog on leash, if you only have one. Individual attention, training and time taken into consideration too of course, because dogs need their individual alone time with their owners too. smile
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