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Do you have tips for walking dogs?

asked 2014-11-20 17:28:47 -0500

Does anyone have advice for how to manage walking a large group of dogs? I'm interested in becoming a dog walker but one of the main challenges I foresee is dealing with all the smelly poop. Any tips appreciated!

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answered 2014-12-19 20:43:43 -0500

This is certainly up my alley, I usually walk on average 15 dogs at once each morning. Usually only about one of ten will poop on the walk. Here is my advice for walking multiple dogs:

  1. Know your dogs. Before walking a lot of dogs together it's best to know how they walk on a leash. I use harnesses on the strong pullers and hook the leash to the chest area. If a dog pulls, it turns them around. Not all dogs are suite for group walks.

  2. Use an Ezy Dog Handle with a choker chain run through all the leash handles. You can tie bags of pop to the chain while walking to keep a hand free.The Ezy Walk handle is very comfortable and it prevents injury to your hand.

  3. Always carry a couple spare leashes with slip collars in case a dog gets loose or needs extra slack.

  4. Remember the start of the walk will be the toughest, the dogs are the most excited. Be especially careful walking out the door for leashes that can trip you.

  5. No matter what happens remain calm.

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answered 2014-11-21 03:41:54 -0500

Hi Helen, my 12-year-old daughters and I actually invented a product that helps solve just that problem. It's called a Wise Walker and it gives you a place to stash those smelly bags while you finish your walk -- out of sight, out of mind. It includes a compartment to store the roll of fresh bags and a zippered compartment to carry your keys, some cash, some treats, your phone, etc. And since Wise Walkers can be easily operated with just one hand, you never have to juggle leashes or take you hand off the leash to use it.

We recently launched a Kickstarter and you can get your own Wise Walker by making a pledge. The Kickstarter campaign ends this coming Tuesday morning at 9am PST -- so hurry! ;-)

Here's a link to the project: http://rjc3.co/ww

All the best in your new dog walking venture!

Bob

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