Do you walk more than one dog at a time?

asked 2021-12-04 18:40:14 -0600

Hey - first-time poster to the forum.

I have eight rescue dogs of different breeds, strengths, and sizes. Walking more than one dog wasn't always easy. By the time we rescued our fifth dog, My spouse and I had given up on walking them all together. Walking them one at a time didn't feel right. The dogs were always clamoring to be the ones chosen, so we started walking them separately, which became very time-consuming and not realistic.

We live on a farm so the dogs have plenty of secured land to roam on but they still like their daily walks. We like them, too. We all have that opportunity to go out and enjoy the world, interact with other people and dogs. It's nice and we don't want to give it up.

We've tried dog walking belts and couplers but we've found them to not be helpful. My husband strained his back when one of the dogs lunged and he wasn't prepared. And couplers didn't stop the braiding of leads. I found a few products on the market that were clever but they weren't practical or didn't stop tangling.

I have been working on a multiple dog walking lead and I'm trying to figure out if people really want this, or is it just me? I want to hear about your pain points and get some feedback. I've learned a ton from others' experiences with different issues over the years and because I'm still learning, I'd love to hear your experiences and your feedback on whether an anti-tangle, anti-twist multiple dog-walking lead would be of some value to those of us who walk more than one dog at a time.

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answered 2021-12-05 20:30:07 -0600

I don’t like couplers for precisely the reason you explained. When canine siblings are of different sizes and strengths, it’s not good. Anti tangling of leashes is better if only fixed length leashes (absolutely not retractable) are used without any bags/bag holders or such attached to leashes.

I wouldn’t use retractable leash because they are known to break and snap. Sometimes they snap where it connects the harness and then you have a dog running around with no leash attached! Sometimes they snap and boomerang back and hit the human walker in the face or the eye or elsewhere! Sometimes they can wrap around a human or dog and the cord/ribbon cut right through the skin creating a cut or wound! I have experienced all of these scenarios, as have other people I know. My understanding is it’s illegal to sell retractable leashes in some states.

I like multi purpose (crossbody, over shoulder, around waist, etc) ones, in combination with fixed length. If you can innovate something else that doesn’t exist, please go ahead.

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I like the idea of retractable leashes but they don't work with multiple dogs. I threw all of my retractable leashes away because of one monster knot.

Elysia B.'s profile image Elysia B.  ( 2021-12-09 00:33:39 -0600 ) edit

Thank you for the feedback. :-) It's been in development for 10 years. My dogs have given it everything they have, and it still works. I made one for a friend with 5 small dogs and she loves it. Another friend has had no issues with the one I sent them either. He has 3 huskies.

Elysia B.'s profile image Elysia B.  ( 2021-12-09 00:39:05 -0600 ) edit
answered 2021-12-21 11:54:53 -0600

I have walked 3 dogs at one time occassionally, but I walk them individually first. Then I walk 2 of them together. And if they all walk well, and behave, then I will walk all 3 of them together. That being said, I only used fixed length leashes, NO retractable EVER, no waist attachable leashes.

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