Walking a pair of Pyrs together?

by Stephanie
(NJ)

We are going to foster a bonded pair of Grt Pyrs starting this weekend. They are 18mos old brother/sister. Advice on walking them together and what type of lead/leash works best to avoid tangles or me getting ripped in two if they go in opposite directions. Once adjusted to our home, will it be safe to allow the kids to walk them with one on a leash per child (with adult in tow, of course) or will they take off and run? My kids dog sit often, but they are young (6&8). This our first experience with a Pyr and I know they wander so I want to keep them safe and happy. I was told not even let them out in our 6 ft fenced wood yard alone due to flight risk!
Thanks
Stephanie

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Oct 16, 2015
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Walking
by: Donna

They are a flight risk until they have settled into your home which will be a couple of months.

I would not recommend your children walking them unless they are great on a leash. If they are not good on a leash, they need some work. I would recommend bringing in a positive reinforcement trainer to show you how to manage them. Sometimes, they will do it free for a rescue. No punishment ever. Lots of praise for good behaviour.

You may have to walk them separately until they are leash-trained.

Oct 17, 2015
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not on your best day
by: Ed A from NJ

Unless those two dogs have had extensive leash training and you have worked with them you are looking for trouble. At 18 months old ether one of them can make you a kite with little or no effort. If you try to take them both at the same time and they see something they want you can rename them gone, cause they will be.

Other possibilities are dislocated shoulders, broken wrist and severe skin abrasions. These dogs are extremely powerful and at times very willful. As to a 6 or 7 year old child even if they are trained semi well I would consider That bordering on abuse. You had better know these two very very well before trying to walk two together or letting a child anywhere near the leash. They can be trained to be very good dogs on leads but it takes time and work.

Oct 19, 2015
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Flight Risk
by: Michael

I use Martingale collars as they tighten up when Buddy pulls but are adjusted so as not to strangle. My son has a greyhound who's head is smaller than its neck and these work quite well. My pyres are not flight risks but they will wander. AS for allowing children to walk I guess it depends on how strong they are, weather there other aggressive dogs in area, how large dogs are, etc.

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