When I am out walking the dogs with Lily, people often smile and say things like "Aww. You've got your hands full there!" And when they do, I always smile back and reply "Actually no, I'm hands free... see!" Lila and Rumo are always walked on lead; I secure them on a specially designed dog walking belt using carabiners plus (here's a great tip for owners of multiple dogs) a climbing swivel (!) which prevents the two dog leads from twisting around each other like crazy candy canes.
I started using the climbing swivel about a year and a half ago, and it is a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself (😅) because it makes my life so, so much easier. Before, I would have to stop really quite often to disentangle the leads from each other, but that is now just a distant memory, as the 360° swivel action means the leads can move freely without tangling.
Of course, I can hold the leads if I need to reign in or stop the dogs as a cyclist approaches, for example, but for 99% of the walk, I get to keep my hands free, which I love!
Plus, rather than popping Lily in a stroller (which I personally find impossible to use with two on-lead dogs) I wear her in a front or back carry using a woven wrap.
So, that is how I manage to take out two large, powerful dogs and a toddler for a walk all by myself. We are all safe and comfortable, (Lily normally falls asleep within minutes of us heading out the door) and I get to keep my hands free to take photos, make calls, pet horses, pick up dog poop, or whatever else I need to do as we walk.
And Tim gets to stay home with the cat. 😉
You can keep up with our gorgeous Alaskan Malamute twins at @doubletroublemals
If you're a dog owner/walker, have you got any great tips you would like to share?