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Walking multiple dogs

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by dharmadog, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. dharmadog

    dharmadog Puppy

    My 7 year, female AmStaff walks incredibly well on leash. The new guy (as expected) is still learning. He's only 4 months so it's to be expected and I'm perfectly fine with it and he's coming along. Normally I walk them separately or my wife takes one. Yesterday I had to walk them and my wife was running errands. It doesn't make sense to put the older dog on the right (she knows heel is on the left) and that's also the way I've been training the younger one too. So I decided to put them both on the left. The younger one did fantastic. I think it's got a lot to do with the fact that he was looking to her for direction. He was focused and not trying to cross over me to get to her and nip/lick at her. I also THINK he was better behaved around the house last night. I'm going to try it again today. Am I on the right track? Is this preferred?
  2. andy88

    andy88 Puppy

    must b nice,my male walks good but if i try to walk two at a time he bullies them.he doesnt like another dog in front of him or right beside him.i think its a leader thing.first me then him and then all the other dogs behide him.i think whatever works for you is great.
  3. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    I can walk all 3 of my dogs at one time. Phoenix and Penny are on the right and Orion is on the left. I have trained all my dogs to heel on the right of me as it is my strongest side. And to get penny to walk on a leash I just put it on her and let her see Phoenix. pretty much the same thing with Orion. Phoenix is a great teacher and when I walk just Orion and Phoenix they both go on the right side. Just my .02 worth. But keep it up if he and her both seem to be comfortable with it. But I am by no means an expert. :D
  4. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    I used to walk the pups together when they were younger with one of the older dogs.
    Hawken with Cuddles, Locus with Notch, and Morgan with Tess, and sometimes I would switch it up, depending on their energy. Now they are too strong to walk together. I can still handle them if I had to, but I worry if another dog came around, would I, and I don't believe I could, so, now just about every dog gets walked separately, except Tess and Notch, though once I feel I have enough energy I will start walking them separate as well.

    So, if right now, you feel you have enough control, then keep walking them that way, but in the future, you may want to start walking them separately or with someone else.
  5. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Just don't forget walking multi-dogs can be a major safety issues whether they walk nicely together and are well trained or not....

    What will you do if an aggressive off lead dog attacks one of yours?

    Just something to think about.
  6. dogged

    dogged Little Dog


    Besides, the daily walk is a great chance to have some one-on-one time if you have multiple dogs.
  7. dharmadog

    dharmadog Puppy

    Unfortunatley, this happened a few weeks ago. We were walking through a neighborhood and it seems that a lot of the owners use electric fences. As we approached one house, 2 dogs came running off the deck barking. They got into the yard and kept coming. I assumed the house had an e fence. One was a Chow and the other one was a big/hairy breed. They came out of the yard and then started across the street to get to us still barking and then I could see they didn't have a receiver on their necks. I told my 7 year old to sit and stay and told the younger one to sit (he doesn't know stay yet). They did and then I stood on their leashes and put myself between them and the oncoming dogs and started yelling at them (similar to what I do when we encounter bears). The dogs stopped 10 yards from us and it was a stalemate. The owner finally did come out and we had a nice discussion about how he'd feel if my "pits" were allowed to do that and how long he thought they'd last if they did.

    I know what you're saying with regard to walking them separately and I dig it. Normally that's how we do it or my wife takes the older one and I work with the pup. Just seemed to work well last night and I wondered what others did. Thanks for sharing both sides of the fence.
  8. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    oh no POP. I thought about that and I only walked the 3 of them together a few times til I saw a loose dog. I mean I carry a break stick with me wherever I go but I turned around and went straight home and will only walk two of them together now. But usually I walk Phoenix with Orion and then with Penny or vice versa. :D I learned my lesson and nothing happened but just "what if".

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