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How To Walk 2 Dogs At The Same Time
Considering that leash training one dog is quite a challenge, is there any way you can ever walk two dogs at the same time? Especially two large breeds? Even those feisty toy breeds can be a monumental challenge to control together!
The answer is... possibly, as long as the dogs get along well
First though, you must leash train each dog individually. Two dogs and two leashes can quickly become a tangled mess, not to mention a trip hazard for the owner trying to walk down the sidewalk. When each dog is singly walking reliably on a loose leash, they can then be trained to walk together.
Walking two dogs can be accomplished in more than one way. You can continue using separate leashes, which allows the dogs more freedom to sniff and move about. Or, you can train them on a coupler, which is two short leads that snap to each collar, with a ring in the middle that attaches the two leads to one leash.
Using a coupler is generally easier for the owner, but some dogs dislike couplers because being connected restricts each dog's movement. Owners must also ensure that the smallest of the pair doesn't just get dragged along if the larger dog decides to investigate something along the way.
Introduce a coupler slowly, with initial walks going no more than a few feet. As the dogs become used to the feel of being connected, gradually lengthen your walks.
The same is true when using two leashes (instead of a coupler). Start by walking your dogs for a short distance to make sure they remember their leash manners and understand that the rules still apply to them as a pair. Assuming you have taught some basic commands, such as sit and wait, work on these with the dogs together before stepping out on a walk.
You may find some interesting developments upon walking two dogs at the same time. The you must be talking to that other dog syndrome is common. Even the most obedient dog commonly suffers from this malady.
Then there is the competitive nature that surfaces, causing normally mannered dogs to suddenly start pulling as both dogs strive to reach that interesting smell first. The correct training response is the same as it is for one dog, to stop dead in your tracks as soon as the leash goes taught.
Remember too that this can be a physical challenge - two dogs make up quite a force and not everyone can handle this situation without landing face down on the ground! If you don't have the strength to thwart two dogs bent on a purpose, it might be safer to stick to one at a time.
BONUS : Is Your Dog Annoying?
Be it a Dachshund or Doberman, a well-trained dog is a joy to its owner and the friends and neighbors of its owner. A dog which does not receive at least the proper basic training is usually a pain to be around and even though the owner may think it's cute, it can be a danger to itself as well as to others.
A dog which will not come to its owner on command can dash into the path of an approaching automobile and be injured or killed and cause the occupants of the vehicle to be injured or killed.
How Can This Happen?
Supposed you were leaving the house with your dog, and since you were just going to get into your automobile you had not put the dog's leash on it. If the untrained dog sees a cat or another dog on the opposite side of the street it may well run across to chase it or just to be friendly. Will your dog respond if you say come or sit or stay?
What if you're across the street talking with a neighbor and your dog gets out of its yard, sees you and wants to join the get-together. If there is an automobile approaching will the dog respond to your command of stay or sit or down and therefore remain safe on its side of the street?
What About Breed Type & Temperament?
Size and breed have nothing to do with basic training. A small dog can be just as much a hazard as a large one in these situations.
Good manners are another thing. A Saint Bernard may knock you down saying hello but a Miniature Schnauzer can get under your feet when you have your arms full of packages if it does not respond to a down command.
And when friends come to visit will they have to endure the barking and constant harassment of the dog which is bound and determined to make their evening miserable, or will your dog respond properly to a command?
If You Cannot Spare The Time For Basic Training, You Have No Business Owning A Dog
Training can be as complete as you want it to be. Most dogs can be trained to voice commands, hand signals, or other means of communication. They can be trained to protect your property, alert you to an intruder, attack on command, and a host of other things.
I myself have owned a highly trained German Shepherd who would stop, sit, lie down, come, and do a number of things in response to simple hand signals with never a word spoken. She was trained to respond equally well to spoken commands, since hand signals may not be practical at night, or in the event that she was beyond the range of visibility. She was a joy to be with.
When it comes to your own pet, there is no more excuse for having an unruly dog than there is for having an unruly child. Both need the attention and love required to teach them good manners and behavior.