Tips for Walking your Pack

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Last week, one of our friends asked us for some tips on walking multiple dogs. She has four rescued greyhounds, so I imagine walking them at once can be a real challenge. We only have two dogs and Jack is a star walker – right to my right, very focused. At one time we had a foster, so I had three dogs, but I could walk Sally off-leash at that time since she was older (around 9) and Tino was also a very focused walker, never pulled, just walked. I’ve never faced this challenge, so I didn’t have any first-hand advice or tips for her.
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I turned to the Internet (of course) and was able to pull together a fairly decent list of resources and even a few videos. I would also bet that many of our readers have some great tips, so please share in the comments.
 

Tips and Advice on Walking Multiple Dogs:
 

 
Here’s a video from Victoria Stillwell on getting the pack leashed up for the walk.

 
Good instructions from Pamela Marxsen on training the pack to walk together.

 
An interesting leash detangler product.

 
Please share your tips or advice in the comments.
 

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  1. I love it when I can walk all of our dogs together and they love it too. Rules for our walks are (1) no greetings with other dogs, I have too much on my plate and can’t trust that other dog owners will have control of their dogs, (2) cross the street when we see loose leash dogs and children, (3) walk with a friend and her dogs – it’s nice for our dogs to be exposed to dogs they know and feel comfortable with AND it’s nice for me to have an extra set of hands for when I need to pick up poo or untangle a dog.
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    • Walking four would be more than I think I could handle unless they were really well trained. If they were all like Jack, I could do it, but if they were all like Maggie we wouldn’t make it out of the driveway!
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  2. I would never be able to walk my three or current four if not for my hands-free leashes!
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  3. We walk 3 large dogs at one time. Two of then pull, 1 doesn’t get along with the other two, and 1 wanders. We’ve learned to let Bree be on a loose leash, she stays between Brock and Bree (keeping then calm). Then I keep Brock and Cheis on a shorter leash. We also carry a bottle of canned air, which serves as a deterrent to dogs we encounter along the way who try and disrupt our pack. So far, it’s worked beautifully!
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    • Sounds like a good system. Canned air is an interesting idea – I”ll have to check it out.
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  4. not sure if I could walk multiple dogs, specially more than two . it was not easy with our two huskies, one liked to run and thought I’m a humanoid sled, the other one could only walk slowly because of his overweight. and as we managed the weight problem, I felt like a participant of Iditarod (and it was the worst idea ever to turn into a sled with using rollerblades).
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  5. I’ll look through these tips. For me, the tough thing is that I only walk multiple dogs when I have visiting fosters. And I don’t have much time to whip everyone into shape. In that case, my salvation is splitting up the walking duties with my husband.
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  6. When I walk my two big dogs I often feel like we’re performing some kind of dance. I’ve become adept at hand/leash exchanges and swinging my arms up and behind my head to avoid tangles. Sometimes as a bonus my arms get pulled wide in different directions so I get a nice pec stretch …
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  7. I think you found some great video tips. Though we’ve had 5 dogs at one time, I’ve only ever walked 4 at a time. Using split leads and one leash in each hand. It does required cooperative dogs, but worked fine for us.
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  8. Those are good tips. We can walk two dogs, but three is too many. I think it is a bit easier with smaller dogs. Thanks so much for joining the hop.
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  9. I still can’t believe growing up I would walk 2 big dogs all the time. I have no idea how I did it; although I will say we had some really well behaved dogs. I love the idea of a split lead – I couldn’t imagine trying to handle four separate leashes.
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  10. We very rarely go on leash walks but when we do it must look a bit funny. Frankie is out the front dragging us to every smell he can find. Beryl is prancing along in front, not pulling but taking in the sights. Asher brings up the rear literally. He’s usually the length of the lead behind us. He doesn’t get much pleasure from walking on the lead. If I did much on leash walks I would invest in a no hands belt thingy for sure.
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  11. I used to walk four Greyhounds at once, and often one of them was a foster. What worked for me was to use a coupler and use one of my dogs, who was a rather big fellow and walked in a straight line like a bulldozer as the other dog with one who was bad about stopping to sniff or fool around. Generally, we train them that we’re not stopping just here and there, but at certain designated areas. Couplers can be a big help if you use a shorter leash to attach to it. If you don’t like them or they don’t work for you, I use different colored leashes for each dog. This way I know who’s who if I have to get somebody back in line or give a gentle pull to keep them moving.
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    • Good idea to let the dogs move each other rather than pulling them yourselves. I should probably try that with Jack as he’s a much better walker and he can probably move Maggie who tends to be a sniffer.
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  12. Great resources! I could use some of those tips as glory is a puller.
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  13. I have four pups, high energy breeds and mixes. I am able to walk all four, even while pregnant!

    The first thing I’d recommend is making sure you know how they all walk as individuals. Then see which of your other dogs they walk best next to (pair them up). Once you have your sets of easily walked pairs try with all of them together while they are next to the pup that they walk best next to.

    If any are pullers I’d either work on curbing the pulling or getting a no-pull harness (like the easy-walk harness from Petsafe, we have two), if the leashes are always getting tangled or are to bulky hook up the pairs via a splitter, so you can walk two dogs on one leash (this is why I recommend finding out who walks best with whom), the splitters will also limit their ability to explore or get distracted since they won’t be able to stray to far from their partner.

    I have a picture of my four walking nicely together in the linked post.
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    • Great advice – thanks for adding your tips. Learning who has a compatible ‘walk’ is important and useful.
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  14. We walk 3 or 4 untrained small dogs every day using our UTurn handle which is shown above in the detangler video. You can untangle all leash entanglements in seconds while walking. It is especially used for walking 3 smaller dogs with one person where the dogs entangle a lot. For us it was impossible to walk our 3 cairn terriers without the handle. It’s not needed for well-trained dogs. It works very well for dogowners that do not have the time, patience, skill and perseverance to fully train their 3 or 4 dogs.

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