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How the hell do I walk THREE dogs when I only have two hands???

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JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 15:47:05

I've had three before and all was fine as they were all trained to walk properly! However, I'm looking after a friends dog for the weekend and have just tried walking them and managed halfway up the street before giving up and chucking them all in the car!

My big dog walks like a dream, friends dog is a very big lad and pulls like a tank; I've looked after him before and managed as I only had one dog myself then and put one in each hand. I now have a small puppy as well who I'm still training, and who tends to freeze when large cars go past, plus is quite excitable (I agreed to dog sit months ago, before it got the pup, and had actually forgotten I'd said I'd have him this weekend!).

So... Do I put my dog plus excitable pup in one hand and large pully tank like dog in the other? Or excitable pup and large pully dog in the same hand alternating so as I don't end up with one arm longer than the other and my girl in the other? Or just take the cheats route and drive to the park for a couple of days preferring this option I think! ?

I was coming on to suggest a double lead for two of the dogs - but having read your OP, I would go with drive to the park.

JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 15:58:17

Yes I think that's what I'll be doing for now! I'd forgotten how bloody strong he is and I just can't manage all of them!

BlueKarou Fri 15-Aug-14 16:06:33

If they were all yours then I'd say you needed to work on training at least one of the puppy and the tank to walk to heel so you could have two heel-ing dogs on one side and work on training the one on the other side.

As it's only a weekend's dog sitting then get thee into the car and just get back to training your pup once your guest has gone home.

JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 16:40:49

He's an odd one, this borrowed dog! His owners have had him for about a year now, and have tried everything to deal with the pulling; he's so much better than he was, but he seems to panic when his lead goes on. He's a rescue and there's a possibility he was used as a bait dog in the past and associates the lead with being attacked. Off lead, he's an absolute dream, has perfect recall and is fab with dogs. On lead, he's up on his back legs snarling if a dog comes within 50 yards, and pulls your arm out of the socket.

I think the car's the way to go!

Could they train him to walk to heel without the lead? I guess he would have to be 100% reliable - but it would get rid of the panicking on the lead.

JustSquirted Fri 15-Aug-14 16:55:50

What's a bait dog?
Do I want to know?

Dogs that are used as bait in illegal dogfights. They often get really badly injured and are then killed and disposed-of. sad

JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 17:11:51

Used to "bait" fighting dogs before an illegal dog fight.

He would probably train quite easily to walk to heel off lead, to be honest. He's really easy to train in every respect other than the lead thing.

SpicyBear Fri 15-Aug-14 17:46:45

For one weekend get your backside in the car for sure. Especially with a puppy - you don't want a couple of days of them practicing poor lead skills as you're not in a position to train.

JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 17:53:28

That's what I'm worried about tbh. Pup is doing so well, but give him an inch and he'll take a mile, and I don't want to let him get away with pratting about on the lead for a couple of days, as I'm just teaching him that's acceptable when it's not. He's only 15 weeks and is go good and so easy to train. He walks fab on the lead, providing I'm paying attention to him, apart from when large noisy vehicles go past, when he freezes then tries to run away. We're working on this and he's getting better, but I don't want all my hard work to be undone because I'm being towed along by another dog!

I'm going to just drive everywhere for a couple of days; my big dog and my friend's dog can just be let out to run, and I can spend a bit of time walking round the field with pup on a lead whilst they burn off some energy!

CharlesRyder Fri 15-Aug-14 17:58:18

Maybe tank-boy would do better in a chest harness? I guess maybe his owners have already tried that.

Car definitely.

JulietBravoJuliet Fri 15-Aug-14 19:30:03

Yeah they've tried a harness and he just carries on as normal! I'm back off to squash three dogs in my tiny car boot for their last walk grin

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