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    Default Walking 2 Dogs/puppies Together

    Hi All,
    i've been on this forum for a few months now, but mainly reading through other peoples post, but now I have a question that I would like some advice on if anyone cares to share

    We have 2 young pups (6 months) who individually are good on lead and going for walks.
    But.... when the are together this totally goes out the window :S
    Even if I go ahead with one, and then partner follows a few minutes after (say when we're going to the park) they will just stop and keep looking back for each other searching. I think that they get a bit of separation anxiety when away from one another.

    Any tips on how to change this?

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    Continue one of one time with them and build their confidence.

    Take one out with you and leave the other behind. I have multiple dogs and do that all the time. Continue to build your individual bond with each puppy.

    Keep both dogs level with you and stop each time one tries to forge ahead of the other, or left about turn and retrace the same boring territory already covered.

    Stop, call the individual pulling back to you, when lead goes slack continue walking.

    The worse "puller" I've ever had is one of my current dogs. I kid you not when I say we would only walk the length of two houses in about 40 minutes. We did this for two weeks before she finally got the message that pulling meant we would re-trace our steps - boring.

    Training two dogs at a time is always hard.

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    Hi Stef,

    I would like to ask where you train in the back yard.

    I would be doing further lead training with one dog while the other was contained, but in the same area and vicinity. That way you are working on keeping the dog's attention on you, regardless of his mate a distance away.

    I have found this to work well. Then when they are out on their walk together, they both have been trained to keep their attention on you and your commands, rather than each other.

    Could try giving it a shot?

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    An added deviation of that is to have your partner hold one dog on lead a short distance from you while you do lead training. Then swap etc...

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    Hi again,
    thanks for the replies have been on to read them but haven't had enough time to reply until now.

    DA they are taken to an empty car park near home to do training, i found that the are more focused there away from distractions at home. So far this has worked well as they have each learnt that that when they go there it is "training time"


    MAC i like your ideal "we would only walk the length of two houses in about 40 minutes. We did this for two weeks before she finally got the message that pulling meant we would re-trace our steps"

    I can imagine how boring it must seem to them!
    I've heard of this before but didn't think of trying it with the two of them together.

    I bought one of those no-pull leads off the net the other day. The one with the clip at the front. I think it was this forum where I read someone say they were good.


    Will put these ideas to practice this week coming and see if there's an improvement.
    Will give an update. Thanks guys!

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    All the best Stef.

    One note, could you try alternating the training site. Sure, they know the car park is training time, but you are having the problem elsewhere. Perhaps you could try training them in different places so the message gets across and the training is more efffective in the long run? Just a thought.

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    hey guys,
    thought i would come back to give an update.

    Things have been improving. Still just practicing in quiet areas (park, carpark, street outside) but they are getting better together now. Still horrible at the beach or overly exciting places but hopefully it will improve over time and practice.

    We stated with me walking one and the other sitting and watching, and then vise versa.
    I have also found that turning around and retracing steps is working well. It makes it boring for me though lol so i imagine it's boring for pups aswell.

    So thanks for the tips, much appreciated

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    Well done, Stef.
    Hopefully they will just keep improving with more practice.

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