The picture above is indicative of the number of dogs I generally have in my care between my own personal dogs, dogs that board, and dogs that board and/or train at any given time. When I walk all of the dogs at once I tend to get stopped – a LOT!
People are always amazed to see me walking a lot of dogs, several of them are very large breeds, and I am never being dragged down the street or struggling to keep them by my side. People are even MORE amazed when I tell them that only my dogs are the one who live together. I am usually out walking dogs who are more or less strangers to each other, but I am never have to separate the dogs and don’t have to worry about aggression or doggy disputes.
“How do you do it?” people ask. “I could never do that with my dog!” they say in shock. Or, most often, people say to me “I wish my dog would behave like that around other dogs!”
Your dog can, and should, behave in a predictable way when around strange dogs. I work with my clients to help them read their dog’s physical and emotional cues and to help them understand how to communicate commands to their dog in a way that will get the dog to listen and obey. That is essential when exposing your dog to other dogs in social settings, such as in a friend’s home or at a dog park.