Run With Your Dog Totally Hands Free!

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This is obviously not me. But it does work this way!

My dog is about the best running partner a gal could have. Sure, she may chase after squirrels, occasionally trip me to get a better look at another dog passing by us and generally want to stop and pee at the most inopportune times, but I love her. Siena always wants to run, and is so darn enthusiastic to get out  there that it kind of rubs off. (That’s totally worth a leash burn here and there, in my opinion.) But when SPIbelt sent us its new SPIleash to try, I was excited to take my runs with Siena to the next hands-free level.

SPIbelt has long been supplying runners and active peeps with—for lack of a better term—modern fanny packs that are more fit than grandma. I know tons of runners who wear them on long runs and during races to store their cell phones, IDs, energy gels, water and just about any must-have they jog with. The SPIleash is built on this same idea. You clip what’s essentially a SPIbelt around your waist, but it has an extension to clip your dog on to, thereby letting you run with your dog totally hands free.

I was skeptical of this at first. Not because of the product…but because of my dog. I usually run with my dog wearing a Gentle Leader because of all of the reasons mentioned in the first paragraph. So I was nervous to hit the running trail with Siena actually attached to my midsection. But, alas, she was pretty good both when running and walking. Yes, she still lunged after squirrels, and I got to wince in discomfort a few times, but on the whole, it wasn’t bad. And I’m not sure if it was because of the set-up of the hands-free leash or what, but it’s almost like we became a running team, and she better followed me as a pack leader. (Not to get all Dog Whisperer on ya.)

But wait, there’s more! The SPIleash pouch is the perfect size to hold not only running goodies but doggie goodies as well: dog bribery (treats), toys, waste bags. As someone who is used to running with a leash, my iPod and a heart-rate monitor, I have to say it’s nice to lose the leash. It’s one less thing to carry and one less cord to get twisted. And it just feels kind of bad-ass to be running with your dog without physically holding her. (Look Ma! No hands!)

Obviously I can’t confirm that your dog will do the same (every dog is different!), but if you have a mildly sane and behaved dog whom you run with, I’d recommend this. If your dog is your best workout friend like mine is, the $29.95 is totally worth it. —Jenn

 



Comments

  1. Suzanne says

    This is so neat. I have never seen one of these before. We just got harnesses for running with the dogs and that seems to be doing the trick for now but I’ll keep this in the back of my head.

  2. Bianca Jade says

    Jenn,

    You are a lifesaver for bringing this to my attention. I love running with my 2 puggles but sometimes they pull my arm right out of the socket. Or sometimes they see a squirrel and the leash gets yanked right out of my hand! I’ve run into more issues than I can list with handheld leashes and I’m dying to try SpiBelt’s solution. Great article!

    Thanks,

    Bianca Jade of MizzFIT

  3. Carol @ Lucky Zucca says

    I use that same leash every time I take my dog out! She is so much better with it and stays right at my heel! We do great on our runs and she has learned that tugging on that leash is different from a normal one because shes tugging against my entire body weight rather than my flimsy little arm. It is wonderful! Glad you discovered it!

  4. Terra says

    Not only would this be great for runners, but also active moms (or dads). I can’t run long distances with my Mastiff because its bad for his hips, but when I take my girls for a walk I like to take him. Its difficult to push a sit/stand stroller w/ 70lbs worth of kids in it and hold onto a leash attached to a 170lb dog. He is a great walker and this would be a great idea for when I have my hands full already.

  5. Holly R says

    All you have to do is put a leash around your hips, tuck the clip through the leash handle then clip it to your dogs collar. Oila, you have the same thing and saved 30 bucks. I use a splitter and run 2 labs this way. There’s really nothing new and great about this product. I guess if you have more money than creativeness than it’s good.

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