Trainer reveals how to walk 2 reactive dogs at the same time (without the chaos)

Two dogs walking on a leash
(Image credit: Patricia Marroquin)

Taking one reactive dog for a walk can be challenging - let alone two.

Some owners find that their dogs amp each other up and encourage more unwanted behavior when out they’re together, making it even harder to follow dog walking etiquette

If you can relate, then you might feel like you have to take them out one by one. Not only is this less time effective for you, but your dogs will also miss out on playing and bonding together. And if you have one of the best playful dog breeds, they’d probably appreciate a walk-time companion.

So, how do you fix this problem? Aaron Rogers, an expert dog trainer, has revealed what you should do in Southend Dog Training’s latest Instagram video. Here’s what he had to say: 

Before you take your dogs out together, you need to make sure that they both understand the pressure and release concept. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s where you release the pressure on the lead whenever your dog behaves well. You then mark it and reward them. 

Aaron recommends putting your dog in a slip lead for this exercise, instead of your regular harness, which will give you extra control.

To deter your dog from pulling, put pressure in the opposite direction that you want them in, and once the lead goes slack, give them a reward. 

Aaron wrote in the video: “Teaching the dog what the lead means allows us to provide clear direction and create a more relaxed mind.[...] Most leash reactivity can be reduced tenfold just by fixing the lead walking.”

Practice this exercise with your dogs separately, and once they’ve mastered the technique, you can try walking them together. You’ll be able to enjoy the best dog walks in the US worry-free in no time.  

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Megan Milstead
Staff Writer

Megan is a Staff Writer on PetsRader, covering news, features and buying guides. She has a wealth of experience looking after animals, having grown up with dogs, cats and horses all of her life. She’s particularly interested in pet happiness and behavior, which she loves to research in her spare time. You’ll often find her watching webinars on reactivity in dogs or researching cat body language. She loves going the extra mile for her cats Chilli and Nala (who also help out with testing the best products for our buying guides). 

Megan studied BA Journalism at the University of Westminster, where she specialized in lifestyle journalism and was editor of Smoke Radio’s online magazine. She also graduated from West Herts College with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Journalism. Before joining the PetsRadar family last year, she worked on the editorial team at Harrods and has spent most of her career writing for specialized titles, like RunningShoesGuru, Licklist and Mr. After Party. 

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