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I've been having back problems and have been using a rolling walker to get around both inside and outside the last month. I hope it will only be for a short time longer.

 

The dogs have been angels, pretty much.* I am especially grateful that they know to ignore my food plates that I transport by putting on the walker seat. They are certified therapy dogs and were habituated to medical equipment years ago. They never pull on leash. My main problem has come up the last few weekends, as we've gone on short outings. We are all confused about the best way for 1 human and 2 leashed dogs to walk with a rolling walker.

 

They stay on my left side, which is good except for having their leashes get continually caught on several knobs. They are uncertain of my pace, and we have some jerky starts and stops. I haven't run over any toes yet, but I've had to bump a couple of tuchises fairly often to get them to move. I only take them to flat, clear areas with lots of people around in case I need help, but even this was a problem when Jeter went behind me to get to a petting stranger and pinned my legs against the walker with his leash.

 

Anybody got any suggestions to make things less frustrating?

 

*Exception: Jeter carrying out one of my sneakers through the dog door into the back yard for a toss-in-the-air celebration. I was too embarrased to ask someone to go out and get it, so had to wait about 10 days for Jeter to gradually bring it back into a seeable and retrieveable area.

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I wonder if waist leashes would help? They would at least free your hands a bit. Of course, that wouldn't solve the problem of dogs wrapping you & the walker up in the leashes. Another thought is to fasten each leash to the front bar of the walker--again to free your hands. That also might help with the tangling. I'm about to have my second hip replacement and I have to admit, I've been too chicken to try walking dogs with a walker. I have enough trouble managing them while carrying a cane. I hope you'll be feeling better very soon.

 

I'll also be watching this thread for the wisdom of others.

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How about one of those attachments for bicycles? There's all different styles. Here's a quick google: https://www.ebay.com/i/282939165403?chn=ps

 

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Can you have one dog on each side of you, with shorter leashes to keep them close? They may not get the full sniff/peemail jaunts they are used to but we say that a short walk is better than no walk at all. They can get used to it. :)

 

Hope you are feeling better asap!

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The short leashes idea feels like a good idea -- less tangling on knobs and around dog legs. I will experiment.

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remembering Eve, Baz, Scout, Romie, Nutmeg, and Jeter

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The European style leashes have extra rings and clips. They might be your answer. Also k9 NOZ makes great biothane leashes.they are very durable, great grip and comfortable. The owner Bud is very accommodating. He might help you by constructing a leash with an extra clip on the handle, extra ring as well and a ring on the 4ft or 5 ft lead.

My father used a 3 wheel walker with hand brakes. He loved the maneuverability of it. They are light weight and have a good carry bag accessory. You'll be zipping around in style!

 

Do feel better soon.

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How would I train the dogs to walk in front instead of on the left side? Guide them with the leashes till they are in front, say the command word (something like "front"), and then praise and reward?

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Ellen, how about training them to walk behind and follow you? In front is generally for puller your boys are too well mannered. Try working with one at a time to see who can do what. For behind it would be a treat in hand held behind you and say follow. Try it in the house. Do I smell lots of fun quality time for the boys?

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How would I train the dogs to walk in front instead of on the left side? Guide them with the leashes till they are in front, say the command word (something like "front"), and then praise and reward?

I'd be afraid of running them over if they were in front. My guys stop all the time for what seems like no apparent reason.

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Shorter leashes clipped to an over the shoulder or waist belt with one dog on each side of walker.

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i walked my saluki right next to the stroller or pram for who knows how long. i schlepped my kid & saluki around everywhere and since DD was such a good napper that i went thru 2 strollers. people always made room for us on crowded sidewalks. your a patient person, just say excuse me and wait. cheap cotton webbed training leads can easily be tied to the walker. they will be easier to hold on to while you motor around.

 

it does sound like trial and error to find out what works for you.

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Andrea -- you should have let me know and stopped by! The dogs are dying of boredom and would have been so excited to see you. And I could have shown off my framed copy of Joe's greyhound patterns print.

 

I had a relapse weekend before last. Things have slowly gotten back to the new normal but I haven't taken the dogs out for two weekends. Appointment with neurosurgeon looms. :( I do already have a waist leash, and have been pondering possibilities.

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remembering Eve, Baz, Scout, Romie, Nutmeg, and Jeter

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I do already have a waist leash, and have been pondering possibilities.

 

You probably already know, but am adding this just because of the term "waist leash". Put the leash at hip, not waist level. You will put more stress on your back if you use it at waist level. For some folks, like myself. an over the shoulder leash works better than hip/waist leash. I think we are the minority. Hips work better for most. It is all down to personal preference and needs. Many multi-leads can be adjusted for use either way.

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