Do you have two dogs that need to go on a walk? Dog owners often find this difficult to juggle walking both dogs. But it doesn’t have to be that way! In this article, we will give you some tips on how to walk two dogs at once so that both get the exercise they need. Keep reading below for more information and advice on how to do it!
Get a Large Dog Leash and Attach Two Smaller Leashes to It
To make it easier to walk two dogs at the same time, try using a leash that is longer than your regular pet leashes. Attach one small dog’s leash on each side of the large dog leash so they are even. This will be much more comfortable for both you and your pets as you can hold onto both.
Make sure not to attach any other items like jackets or bags to this type of long-leash! When walking with this setup, don’t shorten the distance between yourself and either dog because it might frighten them if you get too close while holding their neck strap from behind. Keep in mind that these tips may work best when trying to take two smaller dogs out together, but larger ones would need a different setup.
Hold Two Shorter Leashes in Each Hand
If you are walking two smaller dogs, such as a small dog and a toy breed, it is possible to hold both of their leashes in your hands. However, this may not be the best idea for larger breeds because they might feel like they’re being dragged or pulled by the leash attached to them when trying to walk with that setup.
The risk of walking your dogs this way is that their leashes may become tangled, and you may have to stop walking and take a few minutes out of your walk to untangle them.
We suggest only using this method with dogs that are experienced in on-leash walking.
Keep an Eye on Both Dogs
When you are walking two dogs at the same time, it is important to keep an eye on both. Both will need your attention and they may get too distracted by other things in their surroundings that can cause problems for themselves or others.
If one dog starts acting aggressively towards another person or animal, you should be able to calm him down relatively quickly with a gentle tug on his leash while reprimanding him firmly but not angrily. However, he could get the other dog riled up, so it’s best to avoid triggers if you know your dog has one.
The Benefits of Walking Two Dogs at Once
Walking two dogs at the same time has many benefits. For one, it is a great exercise for both you and your dogs. This way they are getting all of their energy out indoors rather than outdoors where there may be other animals or people that could potentially endanger them. It also helps to keep the weight off each dog’s joints as well as yours when walking on concrete surfaces instead of soft ground.
The most important benefit however is not physical but mental; having another animal around provides companionship for your own pet so he does not feel alone while you’re away from home or even if he becomes lonely in general throughout the day. Dogs who have company tend to live longer because they do not experience depression-related illnesses that can shorten their lifespan.
And walking both dogs together saves you time.
Walking Two Dogs: The Bottom Line
Walking two dogs is a choice that only you can make depending on your dogs’ behavior. Walking side-by-side with another dog may take some training. Just remember:
- Be patient
- Stick to a routine
- Avoid triggers that may overwhelm your dogs
- Have fun!
Once you get the hang of it, your dogs are sure to have a wonderful time on their walks.