Dog Walking Leashes and 3-way Couplers
In our business, No Worries Pet Sitting, we do a lot of dog walking each day! While we frequently walk two of the same client’s dogs at one time, on separate leashes, there are sometimes circumstances where we end up walking all three of a client’s dogs at one time. In the event a client has three dogs, we generally walk each dog separately or just two at a time, for safety reasons. It is very beneficial to walk each dog on a separate leash due to the fact that on a 3-way coupler leash, there might be some health risks for your dogs. Here are several important facts to consider regarding 3-way coupler leashes.
The 3-way coupler having three short end leads will give few or no entanglements as a dog cannot cross another dog’s leash. However, the dogs are forced to walk next to each other. That’s hard on the dogs and especially tough for male dogs even when they are on the outside. A 3-way coupler having three longer end leads gives each dog more space but the dogs can entangle across the three end leads and entanglements can build up. Dog walking could get really difficult with the longer leads, especially if your dogs are pullers and see another dog, cat or wild animal. More space between you and the pet would give your dogs more leverage in this case. Dog walking two or more dogs who pull would be easier with each of the dogs being on separate leashes.
A 3-way coupler has a single main lead. While dog walking you cannot direct each dog individually. If the main lead is very short it is much easier but the handler still needs to grab an end lead. The coupler joint (swivel or ring) is away from the handle at the end of the main lead and the dogs can jerk each other around. That is hard on weaker and smaller dogs.
A swivel joint between the main lead and the 3 end leads helps but can only fully untangle when the entanglements of all 3 leashes happen in the same direction (all wrapped around each other in the same direction). And that’s often not the case.
A 3-way coupler with longer end leads may work fairly well with dog walking (while giving the dogs some space) when the dogs do not entangle often and do not jerk each other around much. The important key here is that each of the dogs do not pull and that they walk at the same pace.
There are many pros and cons to using 3-way and 2-way coupler leads. One thing to remember, is if your dogs do pull, it is a strain for your own back, shoulders and arms. It truly might make sense for you and your dog’s well-being to walk each dog individually. It’s also not easy to pick up after the dogs when you are walking multiple dogs, but it can be done. Dog walking can be a very pleasurable experience, it’s just really important to use the right lead.