Can I Train All My Dogs At The Same Time?
Many pet parents have more than one canine in their household. We have two dogs and have learned that having two dogs equates to double the training. We recommend you do not train both of your dogs at the same time for most cues, especially when they are first learning them. When you try to train more than one dog at a time, it is difficult to pay attention to both dogs at once and reward them individually in a timely manner. Leash walking is a skill that typically needs to be taught separately. Once both dogs can walk nicely on a leash, you can easily walk your dogs together.
The one area that you can train your dogs simultaneously is recall or asking your dog to come to you when called. This is fairly easy to reward timely with two dogs. Three may be more challenging as your timing with be slightly off on at least one of the dogs unless they don’t come to you all at the same time.
Kenneling one dog or asking one of the dogs to “stay” while working with a second dog is a great way to accomplish training two or more dogs at once. I have done this with our dogs. When I start to train our dog Chobani, Sammy will automatically go into his kennel because he knows I will send a treat or two his way. When I am working with Sammy, I will often ask Chobani to stay in one place and will reward him periodically as well. So while it is possible, it is difficult, so we recommend that you focus on one dog at a time to get better faster results than if you tried to work with all of your canine companions at once.
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