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Tripawd Pack Walk

Posted by: | September 21, 2019 | 2 Comments |

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Walking any pack of dogs can be a challenge, but having a tripawd in the mix throws in a new dimension. As you may have seen in some of Hugo’s previous posts, tripawds need assistance on longer walks. They are great at short distances, but longer outings are hard on their joints and tire them out quickly. Hugo’s cart continues to work great and his 4 legged pack members have adjusted to it as well. I’m sure many of you have your own techniques, but here are mine.

Equipment:

  • Jogging cart made for dogs (see previous posts for the brand I chose, but there are many options)
  • Fanny (waist) pack – Mine is sturdy and has a place for water bottles
  • Carabiners – Many uses including attaching one or two of my dogs
  • Dog waste pouch – a responsible owner picks up after his pack. You need somewhere to store it until you can throw it away.
  • Collapsible water bowl – or something they can drink out of on hot days
  • Pepper spray – for emergency only, but you need a way to ward off canine or other attackers quickly
  • Reflective vest – always be seen after dark.
  • Headlight – I like a small rechargeable one to put on my hat. Amazon has plenty of good options
  • Blinking Tail light – again-  always be seen after dark
  • Extra leash
  • Paper towels or an old rag
  • Small first aid kit – band-aids, gauze, tape
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle for longer walks
  • Plenty of poop bags
  • Leashes – I use flexi-leashes, but use what works for you.

That all sounds like a lot, but it’s really not if you pack right. I keep my dog walking fanny pack ready to go, so I just have to clip it on and go.

Leashes – I have taught my pack to walk with flexi-leashes for several reasons. First, they provide me a handle to hold for each dog which gives me more control than wrapping  a leash around my hand. Second, they provide multiple lengths for different situations. This is the key to how I use them. When we are travelling, they get a short lead that is locked in place. The rule is “no pulling”  – ever. When we get to a safe place to relax or go to the bathroom, they get the full lead for a little freedom, but I still maintain control. When it’s time to travel again, everyone lines up and we lock in the short lead again. All my dogs know the rules and obey them – no options. This kind of control is extremely important with a pack of dogs, because you have to be able to protect them from danger. It might be a car, school bus, other aggressive dogs, a wild animal or any other number of situations that your pack will rely on you to protect them from (and trust me, we’ve been in a lot of possibly dangerous situations just walking through the neighborhood). Ultimately, you need to use the leash that works best for you and that you can trust.

Collars – I prefer to use “martingale” type collars for my pack. They are much like a choke collar, but the amount that they will tighten up is limited and won’t injure  your dog if adjusted properly. If my dog were to try and slip out for some reason, they tighten up just enough to prevent it so I can keep control of them. Use caution with any slip collar because they can injure your dog if not used properly.

Bottom Line – Walk your dogs! A dog is a nomadic animal that lives to roam or “walk”. They don’t want to exclusively live behind a fence or the walls of your house. Many times on my daily walk we hear other dogs barking from behind closed doors. Those owners think their dogs are protecting them, but they are really just screaming – “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, TAKE ME FOR A WALK.”

See you on the road!


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2 Comments

  1. By: benny55 on September 21, 2019 at 11:33 pm      Reply

    HUGO AND PACK!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS POST!!

    Thanknuou sooo mich mfor taking the tim,e to share all these great tools and how and why you use them, It was interest to read hownyou ise the short locked lead, and then the longer range lead. Yoj jave a very well behavb and very well trained pack.

    Your video shows perfectly how well trained they are on the “short” lead and how they’ve learned to maneuver around the cart like pros.

    You’ve given so much thought to your “gear” that you take with you on the walls. Being truly prepared frees you up to just enjoy “being one with the pack”.

    Thankmyoj qgain fot taking the time to share this valuable information AND for the great picture and video! Loved it all!😊😊

    Hugs
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  2. By: jerry on September 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm      Reply

    Hugo and the pack, it’s good to hear from you. So happy to see you are all out making the most of summer and now fall.

    I LOVE this post! It’s sooo helpful and I hope you don’t mind but I’d love to feature it in the Tripawds Gear blog. You give so many great tips and wise words of wisdom! Thank you for sharing and helping to improve the quality of life for our 3-legged heroes.

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