|Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 2:16pm PST |
|Hmm.. It depends on the dogs, for me.
Maya with Charlie was SUPER EASY. Maya was an incredibly sensitive dog, who, if the leash tightened up on the collar at all, would immediately slow or drop to my side(when I first got her, it would cause her to drop to the ground in fear). She was never a hard dog to walk. Charlie, I always walked with her on a Halti just because he's generally easier on his Halti anyway and I've been working on LLW, both on the Halti and off, and the Halti has helped us progress to where he's at now, without it).
Ria with Charlie? Never... Never ever on my life unless someone else had Ria. Ria is a fantastic OFF LEASH dog... But we haven't worked nearly enough with her on the on leash walking for me to feel safe even walking just her. I'm pregnant and she's incredibly hard for me to handle on leash.
That said... Before I was pregnant, when I lived in a house with five dogs total, I was the only one walking them. Three Rottweilers(Maya was one), a Bull Mastiff and Charlie. I'd get up early each morning, and I would take them out one by one. I'd jog one, walk the next, jog the next, walk the next, etc. I determined which dogs would make good jogging partners based on health, energy, and how they were on a leash, and which would be better walkers. Maya and the Mastiff were the two walking dogs, because Maya's hips were so bad, and the Mastiff was soooo incredibly strong and it was SAFER(she was severely SSA).
Many times it was Maya and Charlie on a simple walk together. That said.. On the good days when I didn't have classes, I'd take them each for a REALLY long walk.
But yeah, overall, I found it depended a lot on the dog, how they were on walks, and what I felt safest doing. And it also depended on whether or not a dog needed on leash work.. Because it's easier to work a dog on leash, if you only have one. Individual attention, training and time taken into consideration too of course, because dogs need their individual alone time with their owners too.
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