(Toledo, OH) I have a few hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that I spend at home, and this is a good time to take my dogs Jimmy and Candy for a walk.
The act of one person simultaneously walking two dogs, however, requires a fair amount of dexterity and patience. This endeavor is all the more challenging when one, for example, hopes to also photograph the event for his blog.
I think that the most important factor is the walker's anticipation of the direction in which the leashed dogs intend to go. Switching leashes from hand-to-hand as the dogs cross paths prevents them from getting tangled, I have learned.
We use the retractable leashes, and learning how to use them in the manner of fisherman's reels helps avoid entanglement.
Left: Sniffing in this manner usually means one thing
Responsible dog owners - as I try to be - carry with them bags for the inevitable bathroom breaks dogs must take. No matter how many times dogs have defecated on a given day, they always need to let loose when going for a walk.
And the most well-manicured, leaf-free lawn always seems the most suitable place to call "toilet," in a dog's eyes.
Thus, one has never truly mastered the art of the dual dog walk until scooping excrement from one dog while another is straining at the leash to chase a squirrel.
Be patient, young grasshopper, for victory favors the clear-minded.