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Hi All,

I'm fostering a second beagle with the option to adopt. I'm very close to saying yes to adopt, but I'm trying to find the best way to walk them.

Ruby, our first beagle, a teenage 1.5 year old 15 inch beagle, was starting to do well on walks. She wasn't pulling as much, and was learning to heel. Then 4 year old VERY shy 13 inch Barley came along. In addition to her slightly regressed bad behavior in the house (she seems more energetic than ever, even with Barley being extremely mellow and submissive), her walking manners have pretty much flown out the window. She pulls (and pulls, and pulls), doesn't heal when I tell her to, and in general ignores me and Barley.

I've tried it both ways - with a coupler and with separate leashes. The coupler is easier for me. It makes it a easier to get them to walk next to me, and there's no tangling. And, it forces them to stay together. The only thing I don't like is that it makes it harder for them to go to the bathroom. One pulls in another direction oblivious of the other one doing trying to do their business. And it's tough for me to grab one of the short ends in time. Separate leashes are better for me to stop one while the other goes, but there's the cons of tangling and less overall control of the pooches. And Ruby seems at her worst on a separate leash. Barley actually isn't as bad in the pulling department.

I usually walk them together twice a day. I'm thinking about maybe just walking them together once and then just one of them on the second walk, and alternate days, so each gets a solo walk every other day, while the other will just get yard time that day (I want to avoid three walks if possible). That way, maybe I can concentrate on keeping them trained to walk well in between duo walks. Anyone do this, or think this is a good idea?

And what's your take on coupler versus two leashes? Any other advice on double beagle walking is appreciated!!
 

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I use a coupler for my two. It really has helped alot. A word of caution though they WILL almost definitely at some point go in two different directions around you and cause a big mess of a knot. Just be aware of that and make them stay on one side or the other.
 

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I prefer to walk my dogs one by one unless Mum is walking with me - then its one each.

Although its a pain, the best way to do it is to walk each dog on its own until you have trained it to walk well. Then you start trying to walk them together - they won't walk nicely together until they walk nicely on their own.

ETA: In your case, I would walk one in the morning and one in the evening or split each walk in half so you walk one and then the other, until they are both walking well on their own - then try to walk them together
 

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When I walked Murphy (partially paralyzed) and Summer (the tow truck), I only used two leashes, but I usually twist them together (like a coupler). This way their movements are limited and controlled. If need be, it was easy enough to seperate them.

With Kali and Summer, I have not walked both by myself yet.

You might try a Sporn no-pull harness on Ruby, the puller.
 

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when I walk Daisy and Rocky I use two leashes and make them walk on my right side, I really don't mind the tangling of the leashes...just makes them walk closer together
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If I truly want a good walk out of my two (i.e. no pulling, darting, tangling, etc) I have to use the harnesses and two leashes. I couldn't do the coupler because Lucky kinda draged the older, shorter Toby around!! As someone told me, walking more than one beagle is like playing a moving game of Twister!! Well put, I thought!!
 

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Cobi is as strong as an ox! Casie is learning to walk on a lead....there is no way, I with my knees, can take them both for a walk, tried it, and failed. I figure this is my time with them alone, kinda like mother / son time.

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When I used to walk our two by ourselves I used halti's to help prevent the pulling. But Jason walks them (as he said above) just with their collars and leashes.
 

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Most of the time if I am walking all three together I use three separate leashes and although I do a lot of yoga trying to untangle myself and the hounds (because no matter how I orient them, they always twist themselves around me and each other) I find it is the only way they can each do their business without being yanked and pulled by someone else midway through. I also find that none of the permutations of two on the coupler and one solo really work all that well - Booker and Popcorn are about the same speed but pull to walk on the absolute opposite sides of the sidewalk, whereas Moosie is a lot faster and covers more ground than the girls (and therefore ends up basically dragging the other dog on the coupler.
 

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First of all, LOVE the picture! I hope everything works out with the potential adoption.

When I adopted Cal, he was already trained to heel on my left side, so naturally, when Maggie came along, she automatically took the right side. I use separate leashes; sometimes they get tangled, but we've become like dance partners, and the 'dance' is part of the daily routine now.

In obedience class, I was taught to walk the dogs separately until they became trained to walk well alone, then begin the walks together. Good Luck...one day soon it will be like second nature (although probably never a 'perfect' dance)
 

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My Brandy and Cecil are 3 years old now. When they were a year old and younger, I walked them separately. As time progressed after a year, I walked the separately in the morning and together in the afternoon and now I walk with both of them all the time. I use harnesses and each has a leash. Cecil is on my left as we were taught to do and when Brandy started with me, I put her on my right as she is really strong and I am right handed. There are times we walk loose leash, but first thing in the morning we have a little pulling. When they do business, I must put Brandy on my left with Cecil while I pick it up. Then I transfer them back. Cecil likes to stop and sniff more than Brandy, so I must tell Brandy to Stop and she does. When one or the other is Peeing, I tell whichever one is not to Wait while whoever pees. They know what this all means so we rearly have issues of tangling. Only when we are so excited to see one of out dog or people friends do we have issues. Both pull to get to the friend and when we get there whether dog or person, there is usually winding and unwinding to do. In the mornings, my husband will often walk Brandy and I will walk Cecil, but he has never in all the years taken them on the mile walk together. I wonder how that would work out.
 

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I've found that unless both dogs are trained to walk to heel then a coupler is a nightmare because one dog will drag the other along.

I use harnesses and two leads. I walk Sherry on my right and Rosa on my left. When I had Lilly and Rosa they both walked on my left because they were both trained to walk perfectly to heel. But Sherry isn't trained so walking both on one side doesn't work.

It's always a good idea though to occassionaly walk them separately. It gives you a chance to do some training (which I find is almost impossible to do when walking two) and also special one on one time. Good luck. And just think how hard it is to walk 3 at once....been there done that got the t-shirt
 
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