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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Walking Two Dogs

If you have a dog that is used to walking in the heel position every time it is on a leash, is it difficult to teach it to walk on your right? Making sure it stays in the same position, but on your right?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 12:06 PM
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my dog is used to walking on my left.
so i make my foster walk on my right, in the same position.

when i take my foster out by himself for a walk, i keep him on my right.
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When I walk two at a time they both walk on the left.
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When I walk two at a time they both walk on the left.
Same here.

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I'm getting a new puppy and will be taking him through OB, so walking on the right would be the easiest thing for him. I'm fairly certain that attempting to walk them both on the same side will result in puppy jumping all over my adult GSD. Therefore taking away the pleasure of the "walk" from both me and my GSD.

I'm thinking that once I start taking both dogs out at the same time, I might use a new command for the GSD, like "steady" or something that will tell him I'm not asking him to "heel" but want him to remain in a steady position on my right.

I think taking them both out for walks will help build a good foundation within their relationship. Also, my adult GSD is rock steady (not DA or PA) and I think that will help the new puppy as well.

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I've been walking Malice and Sinister side by side since she was about 13-14 weeks old. She has actually always walked nicely next to him. They stay at the same pace.

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In OB class we learned Heel for the left and Vlock for the right. So when I want Wolfie to switch to the right, I say Vlock, and he walks on the right. When I say heel, he crosses behind me to the left.

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If you're taking the puppy through OB that puppy should not be taught on the right, but the left.

IME, it isn't hard to walk them both on the same side... I walk two or three dogs at a time, all on my left. It was very hard for Frag to learn to transition to the right during agility, and he still falls back to the left if he has the space to.

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I keep Zef on the left (I want this to be her default side) and just moved Stark over to the right. I like having one on each side, but do from time to time let them walk next to each other (on the left).

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In OB class we learned Heel for the left and Vlock for the right. So when I want Wolfie to switch to the right, I say Vlock, and he walks on the right. When I say heel, he crosses behind me to the left.
I'm going to try tonight..see how Hondo handles switching back and forth. Don't know why I didn't think of doing it before pup comes home. (DUH!) Hondo does better when he is provided a clear command, so I'll try Vlock and then Heel. Teach him something new! Great idea....

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