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When my hands are always full with stuff for my three kids; stroller, bikes, snacks, waters, diaper bag, toys…(any parent will know I can go on and on and on with this list), its hard to always include my dog in all the outdoor activities knowing that one of my hands will be used at all times holding onto a dog leash. Needless to say, when I was presented with the opportunity to test the ‘Stunt Runner’ by Stunt Puppy I figured who better to test this hands free dog leash then someone who could always use an extra hand…in case that wasn’t self explanatory enough, that someone is me!!
You may be asking, “Hands free, how could that be??”, well the answer is that this leash clips onto a waist belt (that is sold as part of the leash), and therefore frees up both your hands while you are on the move!
Specs from their website:
- Flexible Connector between you and your dog (stretches from 35″-51″)
- Black metal D-Ring on waist belt slides to preferred running position
- Waist belt adjusts 28″-49″
- Simple, light weight design will not slow you down
- Five colors – Black, Blue, Red, Silver, and Orange
- Made in the USA (Minnesota to be more specific!!)
- Cost: $38
If you follow me on social media, or my blog, you will know that I live in Minnesota, and the weather here is still snowy and cold. For my safety, I mainly used the Stunt Runner while walking with the kids pushing a stroller. I also went on a handful of short runs around the neighborhood to get a feel for this leash felt, and held up, while moving faster than kids walking pace!
Now let me go into my opinion on the product:
- As soon as I took this out of the shipping package I could tell there was great craftsmanship put into this leash. Without feeling heavy, I could still tell their was some weight to the material (it wasn’t paper thin and felt like it would fall apart after a few uses). The bungee section of the leash stretches nicely and goes right back to it original shape when not being tugged on.
- Have I mentioned yet that this leash is hands free…well it is!! Beyond that there is a loop for your hand on this leash that is next to where it clips onto your dogs collar. I know this leash is designed to be used with the waist belt, but if you unclip the leash from the waist belt and flip it around, you have a usable normal dog leash (can you say two for the price of one)!!
- The waist band is adjustable in length so I was able to get the correct comfort level prior to leaving my house. Soon after being on the move I forgot it was even on my waist (except when my dog pulled). This leash is a great length. It didn’t drag on ground and still gave enough space for my dog to not feel on top of me while running/walking.
- Worked great when I got my dog to sit first and I could walk over and grab it. If my dog was pulling on the leash the loop flattened out (the two sides of the loop come together) witch made it hard for me to get my fingers through the loop with gloves on. In situations like that I would have wished that one side of the hand loop had an extra few inches of material so that it wouldn’t completely flatten out when outstretched. Other than that, it did get the job done to hold my dog in place while traffic or other runners went by.
Disclaimer: This hands free dog leash does not make a dog that pulls on the leash while walking or running stop doing that. For me, my dog likes to pull on the leash constantly when we are out on family walks. She also pulls while we are running until the point where she is too tired from the run and then falls in stride with me. To that point, with the leash on a waist belt vs in my hand, my dog was now pulling on my waist vs my hand. Being that it is winter here in MN I refrained from running with this leash when the road conditions looked to be at all slippery as I didn’t want my dog pulling me sideways and having an unforeseen injury due to it. When out with the kids, and our stroller, the sideways pulling wasn’t an issue as we weren’t moving that fast, and most of the time I was distracted by what the kids were doing and forgot the leash was even around my waist. But like I said, if you have a dog that pulls, they are still going to pull no matter what leash you use.
I am someone who typically runs alone. I used to run with my dog Marley, but as she has gotten older (she is currently 9 years old), and as my miles continue to increase with my running progression, it has become less and less. I truly feel that as summer nears, and my young kids start to run short distances with me, the Stunt Puppy leash will be a game changer in allowing Marley to be a part of those memories for me and my kids!
I have include the link to the Stunt Puppy website, along with their social media handles, for you to check out their dog related merchandise.
If you want to pick up a leash of your own, use the code ‘BIBRAVE217’ at checkout on their website to save 20% on your order through 3/15/2017.
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