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In February of this year I felt I was in the economic and career position to dedicate the time and money it takes adding a second dog. I rescued a one year old male GSD. I already had a four year old female gsd husky mix. Usually I've walked them together. Obviously dogs of these ages and breed require quite a bit of mental and physical stimulation. Problem is that my male is dog reactive and my female has always pulled. What I end up with walking them together is two pulling dogs that are reactive; they pick up up the others bad habits and are less focused on me. not to mention that even for a 30 some odd year male in decent shape it's quite a toll physically walking the two. I've started staggering their walks and the younger male, who is naturally quite obedient and teachable, has good leash manners and also is less reactive and importantly easier to control when alone. My older female when walked alone pulls less than she used to. I really do have the time to do it too which is a great luxury. Dogs are emotionally complex animals but even still i can have the tendency to humanize them and worry about jealousy or hurt feelings leaving one behind not to mention the more practical concern of doubling the amount of time i spend walking dogs. Thing is i knew adding another would be taxing on my time and went ahead with the adoption so its a responsibility i am committed to. Curious about other multi dog owners and what their thoughts and experiences are.
Brings up another somewhat related point. I've been advised about potential problems when you never separate two dogs living together. I heard a great term to describe the phenomena that may devolop; the dogs get "doggy". My brother has two littermates, they are certainly "doggy", less focused on people and more bonded to each other than my brother or his wife. I feel that I don't separate my two enough but again would love to hear others thoughts and experiences
 

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I'd say 95% of walks are staggered or there is one handler per dog if together since most walks are for training rather then exercise. For the 5% that are easy strolls or hikes I take both by myself without problems.
 

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I have three dogs. I walk them seperately. The two girls can be walked together however in a mult dog house I try to give everyone some individualized attention.(the building the relationship vs getting too doggy) Mine all seem to pull more when not alone.The biggest drawback to that is time . I'd probably want to be able to help them learn to walk together as it increases yours and their oppurtunities for social oppurtunities.
 

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I only have two dogs, so I walk them both together most of the time.

When I have a foster dog, I will usually walk the foster separately so we can work on training throughout the walk. Sometimes I'll walk the foster together with one of my dogs if I want my dog to model something for the foster's benefit (such as "it's okay to potty outside, really, I promise").

Walking three dogs at the same time is a pain in my butt and I rarely do it. I can, it's just kind of annoying.
 

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I can walk all 3 together or individually. These days I take the youngest on a long walk and when we get back all 3 go on a short walk.
If you got your dogs to walk on a loose lead you would have a better time than being dragged around. Personally I prefer a prong on a puller.
I think it's a big mistake not to let dogs get used to being separated. My boss & his fiancé got 2 puppies their about a year and a half now big time separation issues.
 

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I have 4 dogs. Walks are not really their way of getting exercise. Usually if I walk a dog it's to someplace, like to the park to train or play. I usually walk Legend and Nikon or just Legend. If my husband comes, he walks Coke. Indy rarely walks as she does not enjoy it at all (she prefers to sprint around for a minute and then chill out, walks are frustrating for her).
 

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I walk Athena and my husband walks Sinister every night together. But if my husband can't go I choose a dog to go with me. If I am taking my kiddos to the playground I take both with me just fine. Both my dogs are leash trained, I would never recommend walking both if one is not leash trained and one is dog reactive. Exercise come in many forms for a dog. If you can't take both everyday for a walk play with the one that does not go with a flirt pole. The flirt pole does a way better job tiring my dogs out in a shorter amount of time than just a walk.
 

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I have four dogs...I will try and walk them in two's. So that they do not get to accustomed to walking with one dog only...I mix it up. Now the four dogs require different exercise requirements. The puppy 5 months, goes on a shorter walk with my female lab. She is very obedient on a leash and it teaches him the proper leash behavior. My two male shepherds go out together. They enjoy longer walks/jogs. Like someone previously mentioned, each also gets their individual time for exercise/training as well. Once the puppy is old enough to extend his walks, I'll increase the distence, but for now they are about a mile. My lab loves fetch so she enjoys 20 mins of that.

My one male shepherd was very reactive on the leash with my lab. I worked with them using the prong and treats for a reward. Now he is wonderful whether he's with her, another dog or by himself.
 

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When I had three dogs, I walked them as a pack, BullMastiff/APBT/Lab,Boxer and my GSD. Only my GSD is with me today. :(

Multiple dogs are going to take more time to train becasue you have to train them individually. It's best to have a dog without issues before adding another but water under the bridge now.

Dogs learn form each other, if you train them together all the time...it's easy to "think" one dog knows something when he is actually cueing off the other dog! Saw that when I took my Boxer out without her buddy and I parked the car, opened the door and she popped out the door!!!

Oops so one on one training is a must!

Some useful links can be found in post 8 here:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/general-behavior/431289-new-dog-very-challenging.html

And I also think you would find this useful, post 19 has additional info here:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/training-theory-methods/426322-selzer-sitting-dog-2.html
 

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I have two dogs. A reactive GSD, 18mths and a 10yr old Huntaway who loves everyone and everything. The GSD is very well behaved and much less reactive when walked on her own. They feed of each other's energy and even though the Huntaway is a very happy dog it makes no difference, the reactive dog needs calm which the Huntaway doesn't always provide. They love their walks together so they get walked together in the morning and at night and separate walks during the day. I also do individual training now on their joint walks. I think it's important each dog sees me in charge and since I started doing training this way my GSD has become more focused on me and less on the Huntaway.


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Nope. I enjoy a pack walk. It does mean I need to spend extra effort training each dog as an individual to not be reactive or to come when called off prey, because the pack feeds off bad energy especially, but I don't have time to run each dog separately, and running with a bunch of dogs is just fun.

I use E-collars, train the older dogs before introducing the younger. And prongs for multi-leash walks. The dogs have prey drive, and they outweigh me. Control is paramount. If you can have that, walking a bunch of dogs can be great fun.
 

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Leash walk yes only because i am really lazy and cannot be bothered to leash all 3 and stummble around fiddling with my phone trying to find good tunes, so i will stagger walks but when its a rip around the feild they all go.
 

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The more dogs I walk the more I enjoy it. :) I walk both my dogs together and sometimes other peoples dogs. I don't worry about anything going wrong. Both my dogs are pretty similar in that they walk nicely and do not react to other dogs, small animals, or people.
 

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I have 4. I don't mind if they are doggie. I have 5 acres so I never walk them off property unless we are going to vet or someplace and then they go individually.
 

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I love walking my pack together. When I lived in town I usually took two at a time for potty breaks (picking up poop is much easier with less amount of dogs meandering around you), but for long walks I enjoy walking all four together. I put the prong collar on the gsds just in case the pack gets too excited about something but I have put in a lot of time and effort working on reactivity and leash skills so they are pretty well behaved passing anything. And the looks and comments I get! People stop their cars to ask if they are all mine :)
 

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This is probably bad advice so *disclaimer* BUT it works for us. You also have to consider how 'doggy active' active your neighborhood is (for us we see maybe 2 or 3 dogs total on an hour long walk).

My husky pulls. So he's on a prong and a retractable (I know; bad idea :C). Zeeva is reactive, so she's close to me on a rope leash and a prong. The prongs are really the only thing that (in my mind) give me control enough to walk them this way...

What I should be doing is taking them one by one on a half hour walk each. Or taking each one for an hour every other day. When I do walk them individually, they are much better behaved so IMO this is the best way to walk multiple dogs until they're trained enough to not fall into each others bad habits. Bad habits are always easier to pick up than good ones...
 

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I used to walk my GSD and Sibe. We could go for 2-3 hour walks and it wouldn't even tire them, plus it would take up too much of my time. I would use a "traffic lead" (basically the handle portion of a leash and the clip, totaling 12" in total length) and keep one dog on each side of me. I could maintain positive control over my 2, even if off leash dogs were running around.

Eventually I felt the need to find a new way of exercising them together that wouldn't take hours every day. That's also around the same time we added a 3rd dog, another Sibe. This lead me to learning about bikejoring, carting, dog scootering, and all of the other various dog powered sports aka urban mushing. This is basically dog sledding in areas where or when you don't have any snow. I found a local sled dog club that helped me outfit my dogs with the proper gear, and off we went! Here's a pic of what we (me, Paw Paw and Beowulf) look like so you get the idea:



We find places to bikejor where there are little to no cars, dogs, and people. The location in the pic is a cemetery where pets are allowed, and that we were given permission to use. The staff and security were dealing with thieves, and welcomed me in there as an extra presence to help deter people from stealing the precious metals on the tombstones. Oh, and the dogs have been trained to know all of the sled dog commands, and we've run into off leash dogs and people and cars, so they know to behave. The only real problem we ever had was coyotes, sometimes individuals or the entire pack of 10-12, that would run up on us and just stop and stare without backing away. My dogs didn't appreciate that. I was just happy to observe coyotes so up close and personal, but eventually we had to leave to keep the dogs from wanting to go fight them.

I'm in the process of finally purchasing a Diggler dog scooter, which seems to be the top of the line scooter to give you the most real "sled" experience, as you stand up and can kick to help the dogs, instead of sitting down and pedaling. Usually when I bikejor, I let the dogs do most all of the work, and normally don't have to pedal at all. They get to run and pull, so they're building strength and endurance.

Bikejoring, and soon dog scootering, helped us a ton. I now have 4 dogs and can take them all out together to exercise at one time. We do about 5-10 miles, 6 days a week, and it takes us an average of 1 hour versus those old 3 hour walks. Ha! Love it. Good luck!!
 
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