Flag

Q: How do you walk more than one dog at a time?

April 3, 2009 | By Peggy B. | 9 answers | Expired: 1981 days ago

Peggy B.

Just curious what works best for people. Do you walk one dog on each side with separate leashes? Do you use something to hook the dogs together and put them on one leash? How do you keep them from getting all twisted around on each other? I've tried different ways. We did ok with our older dogs but now the younger more active ones just get tangled up!!

Readers' Answers (9)
  • Sort by:
  • Latest |
  • Rank
BonnieClyde
Flag

Apr 10, 2009

I think there might be a leash belt meant to walk a few dog at a time. If so, you're welcome

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

Robyn
Flag

Apr 07, 2009

I use a coupler for walks with my two dogs but like others said the dogs have to understand how to walk on a leash first. Happy walking.

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

a w.
Flag

Apr 04, 2009

i walk four at a time they are smaller breeds though... my puppy does get tangled because he was never walked before(he was recued from a horrible lady) but if you have a dominant dog that one is going to be the one that wants to pull more to stay in front of the "pack". you may ask a friend to come over and help you walk the dogs so they can get use to walking next to eachother

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

Whickums
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I walk 2 large dogs at the same time. I use a coupler and have not had a problem with them getting tangled. With repetition your younger dogs should start to figure out how they need to walk so as not to get tangled up. You should also practice with them individually, too, and make it clear that the expectation on a walk is to walk and not to zig zag around.

I actually have to disagree with the previous person about the waist leash. I actually prefer these to handheld leashes in dogs who are potentially strong pullers, since you can use your body mass rather than just your arm to counter the force of their pulling (just as a safety mechanism- I do think dogs need to be taught proper leashwalking manners). I have both kinds of leashes and now use the waist leash more than the handheld, even though my dogs don't pull. The waist leash I has includes a traffic lead at the bottom so I have something to hold onto if I want.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Pia S.
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I walk two at once and many times four. All dogs should be taught to walk nicely on lead individually before they can be expected to walk nicely in a group. I use four leashes. If dogs get along, you can use a coupler. Some people wear walking belts where they clip the leashes onto the belts but I would avoid this if you have dogs that pull.

Thumbs Up: 2 | Thumbs up!

Jennifer o.
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I dont have dogs but you could ask the dog whisperer , he would know. Good Luck.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Dogsrsuper
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I walk all three of my dogs at the same time. I have one that likes to pull too much, one that likes to drag behind a bit and one that walks perfect. It has been a lot of trial and error figuring out the best configuration. Lately what has worked best is to couple the Dragger with the Perfect one attached to a short leash, then have a short leash on the Puller so I can correct him separately when needed. I always carry an extra leash in case I need to uncouple the dogs. They have all learned that a short leash means we are walking and not stopping. Flexi-leads mean they can run and sniff around on the end of the lead.

Thumbs Up: 2 | Thumbs up!

Midwestwoman
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I agree with Linda C. In addition, I have found it easier to use two leashes vs. a coupler, unless as Linda indicated, you have very well-controlled, mature dogs.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Linda C.
Flag

Apr 03, 2009

I always have multiple dogs, so usually walk 2 or 3 together. I have coupled two together, but only if they are very reliable separately. The key is to train each dog individually and, once they are excellent alone, start walking them with one other dog on separate leashes. The only way I have had success is to ONLY walk dogs together that are already very respectful and well mannered on leash when walked alone. At one time, I had an infant in a front pack, a toddler in a stroller, and 3 dogs that I walked (2 coupled and one on a separate leash) around town every day! So, it IS possible! Just keep working on the basics with your young dogs, and gradually, they will be ready. Good luck!

Thumbs Up: 2 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.

Advertisement

Advertisement

See more ›
Know the Answer?

There are always new questions that need answers. Contribute your knowledge about pets.