Walking two or more dogs at the same time can save you a lot of time and allow the dogs to socialize with each other. Having two or more dogs in your possession, though, may rapidly become complicated, and if you're not careful, they can easily overpower you.
Before you start walking more than one dog at once, there are a few things you can do to make sure everyone has a good time and feels safe.
Take Them Out Separately Before Walking Multiple Dogs Together
Before going on a walk with another dog, take each dog out by itself. You must be aware of your dog's leash sensitivity; some dogs become combative on the leash when they encounter other dogs or strangers. It is definitely best to avoid walking a leash-sensitive dog with other dogs at the same time.
A pack dog should walk with a loose leash and listen to your commands even when there are other things going on. This is even more critical if any of the dogs are large enough to drag you along or get into dogfights with the other dogs.
Provide individual leash training for each dog if necessary. When walking an untrained dog with other dogs, things can easily spiral out of control if they don't know how to behave on the leash. The basic conclusion is that when walking multiple dogs, good leash manners are necessary.
Taking each dog out alone at first will not only allow you to assess the dog's temperament, but it will also assist you in choosing the right leash equipment for each dog. For a large dog or an untrained or young dog who is still learning how to behave on a leash, a well-fitting, secure harness and a sturdy, non-retracting leash are ideal.
Know Your Physical Limits
Before putting a dog on a leash and walking it, make sure you can physically handle it. Next, consider if you have the strength to control multiple dogs at once, especially if one or more of the dogs are large and active. Even a single huge, disobedient dog can jeopardize you and the other dogs you are walking.
Know Each Dog's Physical Limitations
You must be aware of each dog's limitations, just as you must be aware of your own physical limitations. For example, you might not be able to expect a little dachshund to move at the same pace as a large, hyperactive lab.
Similar to humans, an elderly dog may not be able to travel as far or as quickly as a young, healthy dog. It's not fair to insist on the opposite, and it could hurt the dog if you do. In these circumstances, the walk should be tailored to the slowest dog.
Go on short practice walks with multiple dogs once you're comfortable doing so. Start out by staying in a secure location that the dogs are familiar with. Do this for several days of walks or until the dogs get accustomed to it and learn correct group walking etiquette.
Practice walks also allow you to examine the dynamics of the dogs in a group as well as your own ability to handle things if one or more of the dogs becomes agitated or wants to chase a squirrel. Perhaps you should lower the number of dogs in the group or remove one that is causing problems. Once you know how comfortable you are, you can gradually make your walks longer and more difficult.
Get the Right Tools and Gears
Investing in a tool that makes managing multiple pets easier may be a good idea. A dog leash coupler or a leash splitter, for example, will connect two or more leashes to a single grip. Try it with two dogs first to ensure that it works for everyone, then with three before introducing more dogs.
Finally, bring plenty of doggy bags with you so your dogs don't leave any mess behind on their stroll.
Depending on how far you plan to walk and the weather, you may also want to bring treats, water, and a portable water dish. Wear a belt and buy a harness or harness attachment to carry these items for you to free up your hands.
Regular walks are essential for the emotional and physical wellness of your dog. They are athletes that require the opportunity to release energy and explore their surroundings.
But sometimes, dog parents have too much on their plates to give their dogs the exercise they need. Contact any pet care provider in your area. When you are unavailable, they can walk your dog and offer any other care your dog needs.