How to walk more than one dog
Dog walking with two or more dogs can be a challenge to say the least and can often result in you being walked by your dogs not the other way round. However, it is very simple to rectify this and you will soon be walking your dogs with total control.
You need to be an assertive leader when out walking and your dogs will soon begin to notice this and take note of it, responding to your commands and doing exactly what you want them to. There is always one leader of the pack in each family and in ours it is my husband Louis. He is the assertive one that both our dogs seem to listen to the most. If people watched us walk our dogs alone they would see Louis walking them at a natural pace, Poppy to the right and Roxy just in front.
Whereas when I’m walking them I tend to get dragged along by Roxy, our 8 pound Chorkie with Poppy trailing behind in her slow pace. Having my arms stretched in both directions every single dog walk I decided to research why the dogs only seem to listen to Louis. It all comes down to leadership and I quickly realised, if there is anyone to train our dogs it would need to be Louis, the leader.
Where possible we stopped walking to dogs alone and began walking them together. Instantly, I saw the difference in the dogs however by even handing over the lead to each other the dogs automatically changed their walking habits and especially when I am holding them they will always take a lot if you give a little. So, as instructed by my research I didn’t give a little, I kept them on short leads and walked at the pace I wanted to walk at.
Gradually this gets easier; you even build up your arm muscles from the resistance! It’s astonishing how physically powerful my little 8 pound girl is with her pulling however I stayed strong and every time she really pulled, I stopped walking and looked disinterested in her then began again. We did this solidly on our nightly walks for two weeks and the difference was huge.
Whilst dog training is a very tough process, the results are so rewarding and you can see that you gain respect from your dogs. Whilst Louis will always be the leader in our household, I am no longer seen as the push over. This type of training requires consistency and anyone else who walks your dogs will be need to told exactly what to do so that it doesn’t confuse your dogs and they take a step backwards.
My dogs are both so different, one wants to get everywhere as quick as possible and the other is more than fine with taking her time however now when I walk them alone, they know they have to walk at the same pace that I want to go at. If they behave then I rewardthem by letting them run loose in the park each day. My advice to all the dog owners struggling with training their dogs how to walk would be to keep with it and be persistent.
It will get easier eventually and you will see a difference in them. Keep your training sessions short but often, never allow them to have a day off their training because it is easier for you. Good Luck!