This morning, Arccos, Tasha, and I went for a short walk together. Normally, this wouldn’t be of much excitement, but because I rarely walk both dogs at the same time and never in the morning when all the school kids are walking to school, this was a big deal. We have a couple issues when walking both dogs at the same time: 1. Arccos does not walk well on leash ever (we are working on that one), 2. Tasha is hesitant of strangers and will bark at them, and 3. neither dog likes the dogs in the neighborhood barking at them as they go past. Tasha barks and growls back and Arccos starts whining…
So, why did I decide this was a good idea? Well, they both have to learn. Morning walks are a good thing and it tires the dogs out quicker when we all go together. I no longer have time to walk them individually and skipping walks altogether is a terrible idea. The dogs need to be able to move and spend time doing an activity with me or LD. It aids bonding and helps their instinct to move. Plus, it means that we all get exercise.
This morning, I would call the walk a somewhat stressful success. Arccos somewhat didn’t pull. Tasha was able to regain control after a dog rushed us and she only freaked out a little when there were guys walking to the high school all around us (kept at least 20 feet from all parties). We are making progress and hopefully soon will be able to walk as a pack without any incidents, frustrations, or freak outs (from any of us!).
Do you have any tips for walking two dogs at once?