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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Walking with two dogs

I try to take both dogs out separately to make sure they both do their business. Sometimes when they both really have to go, I take them out together. This turns into a total fiasco because Jinx just wants to play and then I spend my time trying to keep them apart and untangling them. When my husband and I take both dogs out, I bring Gryff to one area of the yard and Jinx goes to another and still he is very distracted having Gryff out there with him.

Should I continue to try and take them out separately, or take them together so they get used to it? I know Jinx will eventually tire out of non-stop play with Gryff, but is that going to take a month, 3 months, a year? I am just taking talking about taking them in the yard to potty, not for a walk.

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All three of mine go out at the same time.....they go potty then I ask them if they wanna "play" and they take off chasing each other.......since I haven't had a problem I can't really offer any tips...hopefully an "expert" will chime in lol
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Ivy , I would take Jinx alone for a while. Get him trained to the point where he's not pulling too much, and then you could walk together with your husband walking one and you the other. Once they're ok with that, you can try walking the both yourself. Keep in mind it's always good to have one on one alone time when you have multiple dogs. Enjoy.

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Thanks Dave. There is a whole lot of one on one time and usually I do take them out separately - mostly because it's just easier that way.

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I have three dogs, and I walk them all at once. they have assigned spots, and I don't let them 'walk' in a different spot. it's the only way not to tangle the leashes. the little one walks in the front or behind me, then there's a dog for each side.

I walked 2 big dogs for 5 yrs+, they aren't 'fast' so if they wanted to change sides while walking I let them.

You might want to train them to walk on a specific side of you, first walking with only you.

oh, also, even though the dogs are friendly we do not stop to say hi to other dogs on leash, again, too many bodies too many leashes.
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Ivy, I would do it separately until Jinx knows that he is outside to do business. Later on, you can try them together. We have a small fenced area that ours go in most of the time but for walks my DH has rigged up a pretty neat "double" leash. He attaches two regular leashes to a retractable one so they each have plenty of room to move around and get "private" sniffing.......hahaha Now, we do live in a very small wooded community that dead ends on both ends so not a lot of traffic and they can sniff just about anywhere they want. I do want to buy a coupler which is shorter for when we travel. IMO, two is NOT easier than one but I absolutely adore them both.......lol

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After we adopted Buster at 5 months, I walked him separately from Buffy for several months because all he wanted to do was play. Also, he was pulling on the leash which made it very difficult.

After finishing a beginner class with him, he was more manageable, but, even at 2 years old, sometimes he just wants to play and "attack" Buffy, and I have to keep his leash really short so he is standing next to me and Buffy can get away from him.

I wish I could report that it is always easy, but most of the time it is.

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