The dogs and I went for a nice long walk this morning. And by, “we went for a walk,” I mean “Koa and Brody dragged me around the neighborhood for an hour or so.”
Brody and I had been working hard on the heel command for a while there, and for the most part when it’s just the two of us, he will grudgingly do it. He has the attention span of a gnat, as, unfortunately, do I.
Koa doesn’t want to leave my side to begin with, so regardless of what I do with her she is attached to me by an invisible tether. My four year old can walk her without problems. Individually, they are handle-able.
They twist the leashes around each other, and as soon as they hear me scold one will invariably fall into position on my opposite side, across the front, usually tripping and/or hamstringing me in the process.
I seem to recall I had the same problems walking Emmett and Mulan, except in that case I not only had two big dogs but a double stroller. After one embarrassing episode involving a playgroup, a local park and a surly rollerblader, that era came to be known as “the era my husband walked the dogs.”
By habit, the leashes are in my left hand and I control them both at the same time. Holding one in the left and one in the right doesn’t work (never been a fan of the whole drawn-and-quartered thing.) If I move at a quick enough pace- this is not a given- it’s pretty easy, but the second I start lagging, they start goofing off and twisting up.
I’ve had a couple people now mention couplers like the Sporn one on the right. I’m thinking this might be the next step in our walking evolution, unless someone else has a better suggestion.
Anyone use these? Do they really reduce dog/person/leash entanglements? Anyone have a favorite brand?