Walking the dogs separately?

(9 Posts)
notausernumber Fri 16-Sep-16 21:53:52

Does anyone do this?

I have 2 rescue dogs with very different needs.

I canicross with both of them but they're really reactive. One is fabulous off lead whereas the other cant be let off.

I walked them separately today to just do short training sessions. They were both a bit baffled but seemed OK (left with family).

Does anyone regularly do this because of their dogs personalities. I love them dearly but they're tricky burgers together.

BlueKarou Fri 16-Sep-16 22:01:34

I know a couple of people who sort of do this, both have one older dog who cannot handle the same walks as their other(s) so the older dog skips one of the daily walks.

Similarly I only took one of my dogs out this evening; my son has a cold so I took him out in his pushchair to try to get him to sleep and took my more problematic dog on lead.

DramaAlpaca Fri 16-Sep-16 22:02:49

On lead our two are fine being walked together, but we can't let them off at the same time or they run off exploring and refuse to come back.

They both have good recall individually, and if we keep one of them on the lead the other can be let off to run around and we know they will come back when called.

But if the two of them are off the lead together their recall disappears completely for some reason.

So they have to take turns being on & off the lead, or are taken out separately. It's a bit annoying, but that's how we manage it.

RootTeeToot Fri 16-Sep-16 22:04:01

I also know someone who does this. It seems to work for her. Sometimes at the weekend she walk them together with her older teen.

notausernumber Fri 16-Sep-16 22:04:49

How does the one being left behind cope if the house is empty?

Both haven't shown signs of separation anxiety so far though

phillipp Sat 17-Sep-16 07:13:36

My pil walked their two rescue dogs separately for years. For some reason they just went bonkers when walked together. Mil ended up falling and breaking her wrist.

They were fine with it. It was definitely the better option.

MarcoPoloCX Sat 17-Sep-16 08:42:27

I used to walk mine separately so that I could train them.

One used to be a frustrated greeter and he would pull towards other dogs.
The other one used to be nervous and would bark whenever he saw other dogs.

So imagine taking these two out together. One is lunging and the other barking away whenever we saw another dog. Individually their recall was great but together they just ignored me.

So I decided to walk them separately to train them.
Let the frustrated greeter off lead more often, train him to leave it and extra recall training. Taught him to stop play and come back. After a few months he calmed down a lot and was a lot obedient.

Got the nervous to meet and socialise with more dogs. So teach him that they are not a threat. Though he doesn't play with other dogs he doesn't bark so much now.

My walks are a lot better than before.
They don't pull, they don't bark and I can let them off lead together without them getting too boisterous or scaring other dogs.

manzilkid Sat 17-Sep-16 08:51:51

I regularly walk mine separately, started off so they would both learn to walk nicely on the lead and now do it as like you have one I can't let off the lead and one that is reactive to other dogs. They do get walked together at least once a day but when I take them out separately it is always the same dog first and the other one knows she will then go out as soon as I get back.

notausernumber Sat 17-Sep-16 09:20:32

Great advice. Thanks all.

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