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walking two dogs

Is this a silly expenditure? Remember, we live part-time in the city...


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Apr. 27th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
That's what you gave me. You tried it out with my dogs in the yard lakeside last summer. Right now I'm still not even walking the dogs together. I need to be able to focus on Matilda when we encounter dogs on route. One day I'd like to be able walk them together.
Apr. 27th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
personally I'm not a fan of couplers, I like to be able to communicate with a dogs leash individually if need be. But then I also am a loose leash training maniac and don't walk in cities often so am not sure I am the best person to weigh in...
Apr. 27th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'll bring mine along and you can try it out.
Apr. 27th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
When I only had two Gordon Girls (Rudy and Logan) I would often walk them on a coupler when walking around the neighborhood. Some of their in-every-direction pulling energy was dissipated by the other dog and it was less leash to manage. But they also had twice the pulling power if they were going in the same direction -- think skijoring or dog sled team. Yikes! If I had one dog who needed more management (young Logan), I would hook my leash to her directly rather than in the middle of the coupler so that the good dog (Rudy) had some more play and didn't get yanked around as much. And sometimes I had leashes on both dogs but had them coupled, too in a triangle format), such as in crowds just so that they didn't go on either side of people, trees, posts, etc. It worked well in some situations and not so well in other situations, but I liked having it.
Apr. 27th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
I used one with my two corgis when I was recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and only had one hand to to onto them with. My poor Chelsea was yanked around everywhere by the bigger Kirby. I stopped using it as quickly as I could. I am not a fan of couplers. Much better to train good leash walking manners.
Apr. 27th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
I have one and never use it. I feel like it takes away the leash control for each dog.

Plus, it limits each dog's mobility.
Apr. 27th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
We tried one long ago and didn't like it. I walk all three of mine together on town walks and they do fine. There is a bit of leash braiding as they switch order, but not bad. I've also taught them that when I say whoa, you stand and wait for direction. I use it when I have to cross the street mainly.
Apr. 27th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I had 2 dogs, long ago, who could walk great on a coupled leash, but none since. The dogs have to be well matched and both have good leash manners. And similar interests, because otherwise one is always dragging the other around to sniff things ;-)

Apr. 28th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah this was the experience I had. I could never pair anyone with Banjo because he was so strong and dorky they got dragged around. Pan HATES the coupler because she is being hampered by the other dog and it offends her greatly. Javelin has no idea he is on coupler because his world revolves around unicorns. Joey went beserk on a coupler. I have never tried one with Badger.
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking along the lines of Meecie here. two dogs with similar energy, drive and INTEREST would probably do ok with this. Two dogs with different walk styles, drives and distraction levels might be a nightmare. Raze is crazy to walk if it's squirrel time or there's a scent of a cat. Rumble doesn't care about either of those. Rumble, however, wants to say hi to every dog and person, where Raze would much rather ignore them. Needless to say, they'd never work on a coupler. Now, Nova and Rums... that would work I bet.
Apr. 28th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
Love couplers, I have a variety of dogs (mostly border collies/mixes) with different walking styles and have used it on several pairs with no major issue... seems to work well for all of them. Gets a little awkward if one is pottying. I like to use it for hiking because it's less bulk to carry than two leashes/easier to have on for the first half mile or so that I'm not ready to let them off leash. Easier than two leashes for city walking. Occasionally they get a bit tangled up but much less so than two leashes.

Reason I had to post is that I saw which coupler you linked to and I must recommend the Rocket Dog of Vermont couplers-- MUCH more attractive!!
Apr. 28th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
I give two thumbs down to a coupler.
Apr. 28th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
How does one dog stop and poop with another dog tugging it along? Seems like a bad idea to me.
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