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The Best Dog Leashes and Harnesses for Any Activity

How to Pick the Right Accessory for Your Pet

Once your dog or puppy has been trained to walk on a leash, and you know he has the stamina to keep up with you, it might be time to consider a specialized leash or harness for the sport or activity you enjoy together.

The Best Leashes for Running

You don't necessarily need a special leash for running, but there are several hands-free leash options that can make your run easier and more enjoyable. The following options combine a leash with a waistband worn by the human. Some even include pockets to hold your phone or music player. Note: Most hands-free leashes are not good choices for reactive or hard-to-control dogs.

The Buddy System Belt and Leash: This simple system lets your dog run beside you without getting tangled in your feet. 

OutdoorMaster Bungee Dog Leash
: This is another simple leash/waistband combo, but it comes with a built-in shock-absorbing bungee section.

Outward Hound Hands Free Leash
: This leash puts more emphasis on the waistband, which features both front and side pockets, as well as a mesh water bottle holder and D-rings on each side to connect the included leash or optional accessories like a treat holder or collapsible water bowl.
The Best Leashes for Biking

Running alongside your bike may be the best way to allow a very energetic dog to get enough exercise without wearing yourself out. You'll need a special leash that attaches to your bike in order to do this safely. Trying to hold onto a regular leash and steer your bike at the same time is asking for trouble and can spell disaster for the rider or the dog. Try these bike-friendly leashes instead.

Walky Dog Hands-Free Bicycle Leash: This leash system includes a rod that attaches near the rear of your bike to keep the dog a safe distance away from the wheels. It includes installation instructions with tips for the proper placement for different sized dogs.

Cycleash Universal Bicycle Dog Leash
: This is a similar leash system, but the rod is curved downward and is meant to be attached just beneath the bike seat. It can even accommodate two dogs at once, one on either side.

If you enjoy biking, but your pet is too old or small to run beside you, you can still bring him along for the ride with a dog-friendly basket or trailer.

Bike Tow Leash
: This sturdy bar attaches near the rear wheel of the bike. It is recommended that the bar be coupled with a harness (not a collar) to reduce the amount of pulling on the dog's neck. This leash is designed to allow the dog to actually pull the bike if he has even more energy to burn.
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Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

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