Have you ever gone jogging with your dog?
If you used a regular leash the experience was more than likely a frustrating one.
For a start the leash hampers the natural to-and-for movement of your arms, and another problem is when the dog pulls it affects your stride.
Sometimes the simple solutions are the best which is why a dog running leash is the obvious answer.
Quick look: Top 6 Best Running Leashes For Dogs in 2018
These are designed so that the leash clips onto a waist strap, thus freeing up your hands whilst still giving you control over the dog.
Another good thing about using a running leash for dogs is that it’s more difficult for a large dog to pull you over.
This is because their weight tugs against your center of gravity in the middle of your body, rather than yanking on your shoulder and pulling your off balance.
Indeed, for this reason some people prefer to use a running leash on regular walks so a strong dog doesn’t pull them over.
In stylish black with lime trim and reflective stitching, the Mighty Paw not only looks good but comes highly recommended as a best running leash for dogs.
The actual fabric of the leash and waist belt are durable and weatherproof, meaning you and your four-legged running companion can go out rain or shine and not worry about your equipment.
It also has a useful safety feature in that it has reflective stitching.
If you are running after dark, as will likely happen in winter, then the reflective strip is picked out by car headlights and alerts drivers to your presence.
This is one of the best running leashes for dog over 30lb in weight, up to around 100lb.
This is down to the stretchiness of the bungee part of the lead, which is relatively stiff and not activated by lighter dogs.
If the Mighty Paw running leash has a downside it’s that it doesn’t incorporate a handle into the leashes design.
This means in a tricky situation the jogger must tightly grip the leash itself, rather than slide their wrist through a loop.
A possible flaw in the design? You decide.
Starting where the Mighty Paw left off, our next jogging dog leash takes over.
Indeed if the Mighty Paws weakness is the lack of a handle, the Tuff-Mutt has not one but two!
The first handle is close to the hip, allowing you to guide or take control of the dog without breaking your stride.
In those situations when you need to hold the dog tight to prevent an accident or a fight, there’s a second handle on the far end of the leash near the dog’s collar.
So what other features make the Tuff-Mutt into one of the best dog leashes for running?
A pretty unique feature of this running leash is that the D-ring which attaches the leash to the waist belt, is mounted in such a way that it can travel around the belt.
Thus, rather than being in a fixed position, which causes the belt to twist around your waist with the dog, instead it’s just the D-ring which moves.
This makes for a more comfortable feeling around the midriff which the chaffing of a constantly moving belt.
This self-styled ‘premium’ hands free leash does indeed have some great features, such as a double handle (similar in design to the Tuff-Mutt.)
This best dog running leash comes in an attractive combination of gray and pink (although perhaps not the greatest color combo for a macho male Rottweiler.)
This running leash has common sense features such as a swivel on the D-ring and clasp to avoid the lead twisting up.
In common with the majority of running leashes it also has a bungee section.
The idea here is that if the dog takes off more quickly than you, the elasticity in the bungee absorbs some of the shock and means less jarring to your back or joints.
This does mean there is an optimum size for the dog (usually around 35 – 100 lb.) since small dogs won’t have sufficient bulk to stretch the elastic.
However, this isn’t necessarily a show-stopper as a smaller dog also lacks the strength to pull you off your feet.
The Paws Lifestyles hands-free has two D-rings on the belt, which means you can easily attach the lead of a second dog or clip on a treat bag.
In a market of full of running leashes for dogs that are very similar, one notable difference with this leash is that the waist belt expands up to 48 inches in diameter.
This allows the jogger to wear a padded jacket in the winter and still be able to accommodate their dog’s running leash.
The Primal Pet Gear leash has standard features such as reflective stitching and is made from durable materials.
The Hertzko is a best dog leash for running that also comes at a great price.
It is slightly unusual in that two leash-lengths are available, so you can chose if you’d prefer a longer leash if you are tall, or a shorter lead.
Another observation is that it has only one handle, near the collar.
Last but certainly not least in our canter through jogging leashes for dogs is the ZeeGear hands free.
In addition it comes with some nice added extras such as shoelaces with reflective stitching to make your trainers visible on dark nights.
Whatever product catches your eye, bear in mind that a running leash doesn’t have to be used for jogging.
Attaching a dog that pulls to your waist is a great way to protect your shoulders and upper back, even if you are just going for a stroll.
Another use is if you would like both hands free, such as when hiking or walking over rough terrain.
In addition, if you don’t totally trust your child to hold onto the leash under all circumstances, anchoring the lead to their waist could give you peace of mind.
When choosing your ideal running leash, take into account features that enable you to attach a treat bag or a second lead, the length of the leash (the longer the better for tall runners), and how long the waist belt is.
And last but not least, look for a color that appeals to you and matches the dog’s coat.
Dr Sarah Robinson attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University receiving a D.V.M. in 2008. Sarah’s longtime interest is to help people to better communicate with their pet companions, and in doing so, to help them to strengthen their relationships with their dogs and cats. Sarah has published numerous articles on canine feeding in pet related magazines, veterinary journals and leading natural health web sites.