10 Best Dog Leashes for Running Fully Reviewed
If you love hitting the road with your favorite running buddy, you need to make sure to invest in one of the best dog leashes for running. These leashes are specifically designed to keep both of you comfortable and ensure you both stay safe.
A lot of them allow you to be completely hands-free, so you don’t have to rely on the traditional handheld leash that you typically have on hand. So, if you are ready to take your next run to the next level, check out the running leashes we found!
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Good for dogs up to 110 lbs
Dual bungee leash extends up to 81 inches
Additional D rings allow for adjustable length
Waist belt fits up to 47 inches
10 Best Dog Leashes for Running
Good for dogs up to 110 lbs
Dual bungee leash extends up to 81 inches
Additional D rings allow for adjustable length
Waist belt fits up to 47 inches
This versatile leash works well for dogs of all sizes. The dual bungee design reduces some force from pulling and two handles give you easy and quick control. This is one of the longer hands-free leashes available, extending up to 81 inches, but additional D rings can be clipped to the belt to shorten the leash.Read more
This running leash is constructed with durable materials that are built to last. It is definitely built to last and will last you the long haul so you can count on this running leash to get you and your pup through countless runs.
Two handles located between the two bungees and next to the collar offers two points for additional control. The waist belt fits waists from 27 inches to 47 inches around.
This dual bungee belt is best for dogs up to 110 lbs. The adjustable length gives owners multiple options for finding the most comfortable distance from their furry friends. Two handles also make leash training and street crossing easier and safer.
The dual bungee design is 63 inches when relaxed and can extend up to 81 inches. The two D rings on the leash itself can also be clipped to shorten the leash as needed or can be used to attach a bag dispenser or treat bag.
At less than 15 dollars, this leash is one of the less expensive options. The leash feels very durable but there are not many reports on how it performs long-term.
2. Golden Tail
Good elasticity on the bungee
Works for small dogs and big dogs
Two handles for increased control
Gliding clip allows your dog to switch sides
May be too long for some runners
This bungee leash can be extended up to 4 feet and works for big and small dogs alike. A gliding clip attachment allows your dog to move easily from side to side without tripping you but two handles allow for easy control when needed. This hands-free leash is a great option for walking or jogging but may be a bit long for running close to your dog.Read more
The best part about this dog leash is that it is really durable and built to last. It is constructed to ensure you can count on it for many runs to come and will keep both you and your favorite pal safe while you are out on your runs.
Gliding clip moves around the belt allowing your dog to switch sides easily. Reflective stitching in both the belt and bungee increase visibility during night walks.
This bungee leash works well for big and small dogs alike. Small dog owners find that the longer length and elasticity of the bungee allows their dog ample room to walk alongside them. Runners with dogs trained to run right next to them may find this leash has a bit too much length.
The adjustable belt on this hands-free leash can be adjusted to fit waist sizes from 28 to 42 inches around. The bungee leash is tied in a knot but can be extended to 4 feet and features two easy-grip handles for added control.
Around 16 dollars, this is a good value for a quality hands-free leash. So, if you are on a budget, this is a great way to go. It is durable, comfortable, and effective--and it won't break the bank to get it either.
3. Mighty Paw
Bungee leash works well for dogs who pull
Two length options help keep your dog at a comfortable distance
Does not work for small dogs
Hand loop is not easy to grip
The Mighty Paw Premium leash works great for most medium to large size dogs. The bungee leash prevents you from being jerked around as your dog changes pace and is available in two sizes.Read more
This is one of the most durable running leashes on our list of reviews. It is constructed with high-quality materials that ensure this running leash is built to last you the long haul--so even the most energetic dogs out there won't be able to rip this one apart.
This leash is best suited for medium to large dogs (between 30 and 100 lbs). The bungee leash makes this a great option for dogs who pull as the elasticity reduces some of the force on your body. Users find that the three-foot bungee works best for dogs who are trained to run at your side while the four-foot bungee gives them more room to run in front of you.
An adjustable belt accommodates waists that are 26 to 42 inches around. The bungee leash is available in a 36-inch or 48-inch length and attaches to a D ring at a fixed spot on the belt.
The shorter three-foot length is ideal for dogs that stick by their owner’s side while the four-foot length is great to allow your dog to run in front of you. The design is solid but the traffic loop is difficult to grab at a moment's notice.
Price ranges on this leash between 15 and 25 dollars depending on color and length. The fixed D ring does not allow your dog to move easily from side to side. There is a hand loop near the collar for added control but some users find it is a bit difficult to quickly insert their hand into.
4. Paw Lifestyles
Expandable zipper pouch
Fits all Smartphones, even in cases
Heavy-duty clip and D-ring
Bungee that expands up to 70”
Available in three different colors
For dogs up to 150 lbs
Bungee may be too long for some
The Paw Lifestyles hands-free leash offers a unique zipper pouch so you can safely store your smartphone, keys, or wallet while on your run. It also has plenty of fundamental features that make it a great option like durable nylon construction, sturdy dual hand loops, and a shock-absorbent bungee cord that extends up to 70”.Read more
In three eye-catching colors that are combined with reflective threading, the durable nylon material will help extend the life of your leash. The bungee cord hangs at 48”--which may be a little too long for some dogs--and extends to 70”, helping to mitigate any force or pull on the leash.
There are sturdy D-ring and clip combos as well as a zipper system with easy to access zipper pulls and a quick-release tab on the waist belt.
The Paw Lifestyle leash is fairly popular for a reason and has plenty of satisfied customer reviews. The basic constructions work just like it should, and all of the extra features are practical.
The unique Smartphone pouch is a great addition with dual expandable pouches that will fit any model of phone, even with bulky or heavy-duty cases. This leash works with dogs up to 150lbs and the bungee is long enough to use with smaller dogs as well.
This is a great running leash that you can attach around your waist to ensure you can remain hands-free. This leash is easily adjustable, so you can make it fit securely and comfortably, and is also available in different sizes for you to choose from.
This hands-free leash has a zippered pocket that sets it apart along with plenty of other worthwhile features and functions. The price is fairly modest compared to other choices on this list, so it’s great for those who need a reliable and useful option but are on more of a budget.
2 options for leash length
Bungee design absorbs some force
Fits up to 48 inches around the waist
The looped handle can be placed at waist or collar
Bungee is a bit stiff
Plastic clips may break
Too heavy for small dogs
This hands-free leash is functional and affordable. With two lengths available, you have options that will help keep your dog comfortably by your side or right in front of you. The bungee design absorbs some shock when your dog pulls and helps you maintain a steady stride. While this leash is a good option for most, the plastic clips are not the most durable and may break with enough force.Read more
Although this running dog leash is not the most durable selection featured on our list of reviews, this is a great option for those of you who have well-behaved pups that won't try and stray and pull on parts of the leash that are less durable.
This weather-resistant leash is made from durable material. An adjustable waist can fit up to 48 inches around. Bungee cables are available in 36-inch and 48-inch lengths to find the length that works best for you and your pet.
A looped handle is built into the end of the bungee and can be attached so it is close to your waist or close to their collar. Reflective stitching along the length of the leash adds another element for safety.
In practice, this leash works great for medium to large dogs and accommodates a larger human waist size than most. The two length options for the bungee is convenient to keep your dog at a comfortable distance for running. However, some users feel the bungee is a bit too stiff and the plastic clips have a tendency to break when strong dogs take off unexpectedly.
At under 20 dollars, this leash is fairly inexpensive. It is a good value option but strong dogs that pull a lot may burn through the plastic clips on this leash fast.
Dual bungee design for better shock absorption
Strong enough for dogs up to 150 lbs
The longer leash works for small dogs
Reflective stitching for safety
Leash is too long for some
Bungee is a bit rigid
This heavy-duty leash has a dual bungee system and two easy-grip loops to help you handle dogs up to 150 lbs. The leash extends up to 63 inches making it long enough to reach shorter dogs as well.Read more
This TaoTronics leash has a dual bungee design with two hand loops for added control. The leash extends up to 63 inches but can be looped through the fixed D ring a second time to shorten it. Luminous reflective stitching enhances safety when running or walking at night.
Those of you looking for an effective leash that allows you to effectively run hands-free, you will love this one. It is easily adjustable and comfortable, so you don't have to worry about readjusting while you run.
The long length is a great option for most looking for a hands-free style leash but is a bit long for those who like to keep their pup close.
The customizable length of this leash works great for any type of dog. The strong bungees are built to handle dogs up to 150 lbs but the 63 inch length makes this leash a great option for small dogs too. Despite its adjustability, some people still find the leash to be too long for dogs that run close.
At under 20 dollars, this leash is a great value and is very durable. Overall, this is a great running leash that comes at a great price--so it is available at a budget-friendly option for those of you looking for something affordable and reliable.
7. Tuff Mutt
Bungee section absorbs pulling
Gliding loop allows the dog to switch sides
Two handles for easy control
Reflective seams for safety
Bungee may lose elasticity
The leash is not chew-resistant
A bit too heavy for small dogs
The Tuff Mutt leash accommodates dogs who like to roam so you can focus more on your run. A gliding belt loop allows your dog to move from side to side and a bungee section eases the force of pulling. Two strategically placed handles offer quick and direct control any time he starts to stray too far. It is a bit too heavy for small dogs and some users find it is not the most durable option.Read more
In terms of durability, this is a great option for larger dogs--although it is important to note that its stretchiness seems to lose its elasticity, so if you have a dog that likes to pull a lot you may want to steer away from this one.
Two handles, one at your hip and one at their collar, allows for quick and directed control as needed. And three reflective seams improve visibility and safety.
This Tuff Mutt leash is great for medium to large dogs but maybe a bit too heavy for smaller dogs. The gliding clip, bungee component and two handle options make this a great option for dogs who take a bit more liberties and may wander a bit from your side.
This leash features an adjustable waist belt with a unique gliding belt clip to allow your dog to move from side to side. A bungee section absorbs some force from pulling and allows the 48-inch leash to stretch to 60 inches.
At just over 20 dollars, this leash is reasonably priced. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be the most durable option out there. Some users note their dogs chew through the leash with little effort while others note the bungee gets stretched and loses its elasticity.
Options for one or two dog belt
Compatible with water bottle holder and zippered bag
4-foot bungee keeps a dog at a comfortable distance
Accommodates up to a 48-inch waist
Durable bungee and clips
2 Safety loops are easy to grip
Fixed D rings don’t allow dogs to switch sides
Riddick’s Hands-Free leash has some of our favorite features such as a shock-absorbing bungee and two hand loops for added control. It is available with attachments for one or two dogs and is also compatible with a water bottle holder and zippered bag for added convenience.Read more
The leash is durable enough to withstand chewing and pulling but is a bit long for those who like to keep their friend right by their side.
The adjustable waist belt can expand to a 48-inch waist and can be attached to one or two leashes at fixed D rings. Each bungee leash is 4 feet long and features two safety loops for easy control when needed.
This leash works well for a variety of dogs. The option for a one-dog or two-dog belt is a nice addition and users find the safety loops easy to grab quickly.
The 4-foot bungee gives your dog some more space to run in front of you but the fixed D rings make it difficult for him to switch sides. The belt is also compatible with a water bottle holder and a zippered bag to hold treats or doggy bags.
This leash ranges in price between 20 and 30 dollars. Users find it very durable. The clips stand up well to constant pulling and the leash itself is difficult for your dog to chew through.
9. Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo Stunt Runner
Stretch connector works well for dogs that pull
Great for medium to large dogs
Reflective tape for safety
Waist stays in place
A bit short for dogs that change sides constantly
A bit long for taller dogs who run at your side
The waist does not adjust quickly
Does not fit all waists
This lightweight leash features reflective tape and a stretch connector to help you maintain a smooth stride when your furry friend is less consistent. It is well-loved by runners and is ideal for medium to large dogs that like to pull at the leash.Read more
This lightweight running leash is deceptively strong and lined with reflective tape that is visible up to 500 feet. A final loop at the end of the leash functions as traffic handle to pull your dog close when needed.
For taller dogs that like to run close to your side, you may want an even shorter option. The clip is easy to use but adjusting the waist does take a minute. This means there are no accidental adjustments as you run but it does make sharing the leash with a partner slightly less convenient.
This leash is ideal for medium to large dogs who like to pull a bit at the leash. The stretch connector absorbs a lot of the pull and prevents you from being jerked around. Some users feel the leash is a bit short at first but most find it easy to adjust to after just a few runs.
Some find it a bit too short for dogs that frequently change sides and too long for big dogs who like to stay close. The cumbersome waist adjustment system resists slipping but makes sharing the leash among different-sized users less convenient. The adjustable waist belt can be fitted around the hips or over the shoulder and ranges in size between 28 to 49 inches.
At over 40 dollars, this leash is pretty pricey. Despite the lightweight feel, users find it to be very durable and feel the elastic can withstand years of pulling. A black metal D ring connects to an elastic connector that can stretch between 37 and 50 inches.
10. The Buddy System
A customizable system to fit your needs
Two sizes for small or large dogs
Three waist belt sizes for humans
Bungee attachment reduces force from pulling
The adjustable leash keeps your dog at a distance that works for you
Belt loops allow your dog to move from side to side
Attachments are not included
No traffic loop
This basic hands-free leash is easy to customize for you and your pup. It is available in two sizes for dogs, small (less than 20 lbs) and regular, and three waist sizes for humans to help you find a comfortable fit. The basic system includes one plain, adjustable leash but attachments are available to better suit your running style.Read more
This running leash is not the most durable selection on our list but as long as you get the right size for your dog, you will get a good bit of life from this running leash.
The basic buddy system comes with an adjustable waist belt, two belt attachments designed to move around your waist and a leash that can be adjusted from 22 to 40 inches. Additional attachments such as the Lunge Buster, Extend-a-Buddy, or Extra Buddy can be purchased to help combat pulling, add more leash length or add a second dog to your set up.
A bungee attachment can be added for dogs who pull while a longer length leash is available to allow for a wider range of movement.
This leash system works great for most people. Three size options accommodate waists of 22 inches up to 60 inches around. Between the regular system and small dog system, this setup can accommodate dogs of any size. The adjustable leash length and option for attachments help to further customize your system for dogs who pull or those who like to stick close by your side.
Starting at around 25 dollars for the basic system, this leash is not too expensive. However, the price may add up when customizing and adding attachments.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
It's important to get a durable running leash to ensure you your dog remains securely next to you. They should be made of high-quality materials to ensure you are getting something that will also last you the long haul.
When running with your dog you want to be able to focus on your run while also knowing you and your dog are safe and comfortable. For this purpose, hands-free leashes are the way to go. Most hands-free running leashes will have an adjustable waist belt that the runner can wear that attaches to the leash itself through either a fixed D ring or a gliding loop.
Many leashes feature a bungee cable to help absorb some of the force from your dog pulling. Some also have one or more hand loop on the leash to provide some more direct control when you get close to traffic or if your dog is easily distracted. We looked for leashes that used these fundamental designs.
Our top picks incorporate-quality materials, sturdy hardware, and considered the safety of both the runner and the dog. Strong clips and D-rings, durable materials like nylon, and shock absorbing bungee designs all got high praise from our reviewers. We tried to avoid hands-free leashes that were missing important safety designs like dual-handles and reflective threading.
Make sure you get something that works for you and your pup--that means you need to make sure you get something that is designed for the size of your dog and the level of their training.
No matter how aesthetically pleasing a leash may look, it is worthless if it doesn’t perform well when you’re actually running with your dog. We looked through hundreds of real customer reviews to see how well each product worked when actually in use, what kind of dogs it worked best for, and what running styles worked best for each one.
We also searched for leashes that had plenty of extra features that made hands-free running even easier and more enjoyable. Some of the leashes on our list have things like pouches for keys and phones, quick-adjust waist belts, and different color options that are super visible as well as trendy.
All in all, there are several factors you need to take into consideration when it comes to how effective a running leash will be with you. Make sure you get something that will work for both you and your dog, so you two can focus on enjoying your run and not have to turn and go home sooner because of your defective running leash.
Do you run at night? Or does your dog like to swivel around from side to side? Whatever the case may be, make sure the running leash you decide to get fits the use you need it to accomplish.
The overall use you can get from your running leash is really important, especially if you plan on using it often. Make sure to take a look at what each leash has to offer as well as what you need--because at the end of the day, you need to make sure to invest in something that covers all the needs you need covered to enjoy your run with the dog in your life.
Additional storage accessories
As you can see from our list of reviews, we made sure to include something for everyone. There are a lot of running leashes that offer additional features, one of which is a storage option. Some running leashes come with a waist pack that will sit securely on your waist while you run, so you can be both hands-free and ensure you have all of your belongings with you in case you need something.
Another great option to look for is swivel capabilities. If you have a pup that likes to switch from side to side, then you will need to look for the selections on our list that allow you to swivel from side to side. This will prevent your leash from tangling up all over you, so you'll never have to stop to detangle yourself again.
Getting something that fits you properly is of utmost importance, so make sure to check it out before you buy it!
The fit may not be something that comes to your mind at first thought when you think of a running leash. However, with all the types of options you have available, you will need to make sure you get something that fits you and your dog--and this means looking at more than ensuring that the leash will work for the size of your dog.
Is it adjustable?
Our list of reviews features a lot of hands-free running leashes that you can tie around your waist. These are typically adjustable, so you can make them fit securely, however, you still need to make sure you get the right size for you to ensure that it will fit you. The last thing you want is a running leash that fits too tightly or too loosely.
How far does it extend?
Different leashes come in different length options--with many brands offering different lengths on their own. Make sure you take a look at the leashes that come in the lengths that work for you and your dog.
Assessing the value of the dog leash you are considering is more than just taking a look at the price--instead, you need to make sure you get something that fits your budget AND your needs.
The cost of a good running leash can be anywhere from 15$ to 50$, but cost isn’t everything. Sometimes shelling out for a more expensive leash can mean higher quality and performance, but getting a low-cost leash doesn’t mean it will be a bad one. It is important to measure the construction and function of a dog leash for running against the price and your needs to see what kind of value it has.
You’ll want something that fulfills most, if not all, of your needs while meeting your budgetary restrictions and performing well. The value of a leash might have looked different for everyone, but we tried to choose a range of costs that could accommodate a variety of variables. So, make sure you get something you like and that works for you.
All in all, only you know what will work best for you. Make sure you take a look at the leashes that cover your needs and offer the leashes that will work best for your dog and you. Also, don't spend extra on the leashes that offer features that you don't need or went get anything from--if you don't need them, don't pay for them.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
A lot of the running dog leashes we found come in several colors--and even patterns--for you to choose from. Once you find the perfect leash, go ahead and pick the one that looks the best to you!
If you run in low light conditions--like early in the morning or late in the evening or night--then you might want to consider a leash that is also reflective. This way people on the road see you, and you can keep you and your pup safe.
Other Factors to Consider
We spend a lot of time considering what we need when we go running. We invest some money in running belts or hydration packs to ensure we have all our snacks and drinks readily available when we are out on the trail or road. But it doesn’t make sense to find a hands-free leash only to fill up your hands with doggie bags and treats.
Many leashes come equipped with extra clips so you can attach these items to your belt and remain hands-free to enjoy your run. Others also come with added waist packs--or the option to clip one--so you can stash your belongings in it. This way you can have your phone, keys, and so forth on you while remaining hands-free.
Another great feature is the swivel option for your dog. This will really come in handy for those of you who have a furry friend that likes to check everything--meaning they like to run circles around you while on the leash, leaving you in a tangled up mess. So, as you can see, when it comes to features you have options--so choose wisely!
Obviously, you will want to consider your waist size and your dog’s size when choosing a leash. You need to have a waist belt that will fit comfortably while you are running and your pal needs a leash that is strong enough to hold him but not too heavy or long. It is also important to consider your height vs your pet’s height when choosing the right length for your leash.
A taller person with a shorter dog will need a longer leash to reach down to their furry friend while a shorter person and taller dog do not need much room at all. Dogs and their owners will vary in how they run together. If you have a dog who likes to wander or run in front of you, give them a bit more length on the leash so they don’t end up tripping you.
For dogs that are trained to heel and will stick right by your side, you may opt for a much shorter leash as too much length will hit them on the back or drag between you. If you are new to running with your dog or training a new puppy, leashes with adjustable lengths and multiple handles are great options for adapting as you both get used to running together.
There are many leashes out there with convenient features such as bungee cables to reduce pulling and convenient loops to allow for easy control. To narrow down our list to the best of the best, we put together specific criteria that we could measure each leash against. So that you can better understand our selection we share those metrics with you below.
Whether you’re browsing from your computer at home or looking for recommendations in-store, we hope that this information will help you feel confident in your buying decision. Make sure you keep your personal needs into consideration but most importantly keep the needs of your dog at the forefront.
Consider the size and breed of your dog. Also, take a look at whether your pup likes to move around or not--if he or she likes to move a lot make sure to get a running leash with a swivel option on it. Make sure you also consider your dog's temperament as well--if your dog is well-behaved, you will be able to get some of the less sturdy options that are also more affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do I train my dog to run with me?
A: First you will want to check with your vet to make sure your dog is healthy and able to start running. Not all breeds are built for distance so do some research before you hit the trail. Once your friend is approved as a running buddy, you can begin slowly introducing running to your daily walks.
Much like humans, dogs need to build their endurance and unlike us, they cannot tell us when we are pushing too hard. Be aware of your dog’s behavior and back off if they are panting very hard. Dogs that walk well on the leash will transition most easily to running so, start training early during walks and you should have no problem when they are old enough to run.
q: How do I find the right length for my running leash?
A: The length of the leash depends on your size, your dog’s size and how close you want them to run to you. Three or four feet seems to be the best starting point unless your dog is very well trained and you are similar heights. If you are unsure of the best length, consider a leash that can be adjusted so you can figure out what works best for your duo.
q: What other kinds of running gear are out there for me and my dog?
A: There is plenty of cool gear and gadgets that you can tote with you that will make running with your dog fun and convenient. For water and treats, you can bring along collapsible bowls or drawstring bowls that will have attachments that work great with hands-free leashes that have D-rings or sturdy clips.
Consider investing in a good harness that will put less strain on your dog than a collar and will provide more comfort or even saddlebag storage. For those going to more extreme places, there are even padded “shoes” for dogs that will protect from more rough terrain.
q: Should I bring my pup water?
The best dog leashes for running will offer you all of the features you will need to keep your dog attached to you--but what if your pup gets thirsty? Just like you need to stay hydrated, so does your friend, so make sure to bring along some water to make sure they don't get dehydrated.