How to Walk Multiple Dogs Like a Professional Dog Walker
If you own a dog that loves to pull, you may wonder how that teenager who walks dogs in the summer is able to manage walking three to four dogs at a time. No, that teen does not have the muscles of an athlete, nor does she have Cesar Milan's "magic" willpower. The ultimate secret is the right use of equipment and proper individual training for each dog. Here are some tips on how to better manage multiple dogs on a walk.
Tips for Walking More Than One Dog at a Time
- Give one-on-one attention.
- Use the right equipment.
- Prioritize your safety.
- Avoid tangles by using the right leash.
- Keep treats handy.
- Carry a doggy backpack.
1. Give One-on-One Attention
In order for an orchestra to play, each instrument must be fine-tuned. Same goes with walking a dog pack. One on one attention will help you establish leadership with each dog until they are more controllable. You want a dog that is able to walk without pulling, heel on command, and be able to pay attention to you even with distractions.
Each dog should be able to perform these tasks individually before being put together. Putting together dogs that are not disciplined to walk may mean looking for trouble. It can take mere seconds for them to go into ''pack mode'' and pull towards other dogs—sometimes even with not so friendly intentions.
2. Use the Right Equipment
If some dogs are quite ''hard-headed'' and still tend to pull, they should wear a head collar, or what people call a ''halti,'' which makes them much easier to control. These work by putting pressure on the head area when the dog pulls. The dog then ''auto-corrects'' himself every time he starts pulling. Another great tool is an easy-walk harness.
3. Prioritize Your Safety
Never walk more dogs than you can handle. If every walk turns out to be a hassle, you are looking for trouble. Also, if feasible, try to use only one hand on the leashes, leaving one hand free for emergencies. You want to have one hand free so in case of a fall from pulling dogs, you may be able to protect your face from hitting the ground.
4. Avoid Tangles By Using the Right Leash
One of the most challenging parts of walking multiple dogs is the fact that the leashes tend to tangle. There are various solutions for this. The ''friendly dog leash'' consists basically of one leash to which is attached a handle which splits into two double clipped leads. Additional leads can be purchased in order to walk more than two dogs.
The great thing about this leash is the fact that the dogs will basically tug on each other rather than on the person walking them. This makes walking an almost effortless experience with no more dogs getting tangled all the time.
5. Keep Treats Handy
You never know what may happen during a walk so it is always a good idea to attach a fanny pack full of treats. You may want to give treats to praise the dogs when they obey or you may want to use the treats as a way to get your dogs' attention right away should they be looking at those squirrels too much.
6. Carry A Doggy Backpack
When walking several dogs you will of course notice that each dog has different walking needs. If you walk a small dog along with larger dogs, very likely the small dog will be tired while the larger dogs instead are still full of energy. In this cases, a dog pack pack may help the large dogs get tired more easily.The dog back pack is also very helpful in carrying water bottles or other accessories that may be helpful during the walk.
Learning to walk multiple dogs at once in an orderly fashion does not happen in one day. It takes some practice before all the dogs get the idea of following the pack leader as they should. Dogs that tend to give problems most likely need some more one on one interaction until they are better manageable. There should be a zero policy for pulling, so pulling dogs must be trained by themselves until they know their place.
As seen, walking dogs as a professional may take some time, however, the results are certainly very worthy once your dogs are able to walk in an orderly fashion.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.