Must-Have Gear for Running With Your Dog
Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo Stunt Runner and Go Dog Glo Everyday Collar$44 (leash); $23 (collar) 1 of 7
Once you've tried a hands-free leash for running, you'll never go back to the hand-held variety. With a flexible connector that stretches from 35 to 51 inches, your dog has some leeway to sniff and explore while staying securely tethered at your side. Both the stunt runner and accompanying collar employ a reflective material, which can be reflected up to 500 feet for safer runs in the dark.
Ruffwear Front Range Harness$39.95 2 of 7
If you have a puller on your hands, it can be advantageous to have a harness to help keep your hound securely by your side. The Front Range Harness from Ruffwear provides a comfortable fit that allows the dog full range of motion in their front legs while running. With four points of adjustment and padded chest and belly panels, you can achieve a customized fit that will equally disperse pressure. Attachments on the back and the chest give you two options for clipping on the leash, depending on how much your pup pulls. What's more, the harness also includes an ID pocket for dog tags and reflective trim for safety in lowlight conditions.
Zuka Bowl$16.49 (large); $12.49 (small) 3 of 7
Since dogs can't sweat the way we do, it is particularly important to pay attention to keeping them cool and hydrated while exercising. If you are going to be running in warmer conditions or for a number of miles, the dog should be allowed breaks to drink. Whether you train where there are water fountains or carry your own bottle, the Zuka Bowl is perfect to take on the run. Flexible, light and compact, these stylishly designed travel bowls can hold either 10 ounces or 16 ounces, depending on which size you choose. For easy carrying, a small carabiner can be clipped to your leash.
Zuke's Power Bones$6.80 4 of 7
Dogs primarily burn fat when they exercise, so they can't subsist off the same type of nutrition you do during longer runs. That is why it is important to keep them well fueled if you're planning a long day out on the trails. Power Bones are an all-natural energy treat specially formulated for active dogs who burn a lot of calories. Utilizing only wholefood ingredients, these treats include everything from fruits and vegetables to coconut oil and even antioxidant-rich herbs and spices like rosemary and turmeric. The six-ounce resealable pouches are available in chicken, beef and peanut butter flavors.
Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots$69.95 5 of 7
For as much as runners obsess about their own footwear, why wouldn't you worry about outfitting your dogs as well? The Grip Trex Boots are perfect for just about any gnarly terrain, whether it be a rugged, rocky trail or snow-covered path. With Velcro enclosures and soft upper mesh, these boots will stay on your dog's feet and flex with each step. Luggy Vibram outsoles provide the best traction possible over a wide variety of conditions underfoot.
D-Fa Moonwalker Jacket$79.95 6 of 7
This shell will protect your dog from wind and rain and while it won't be enough for shorthaired dogs in extreme cold temperatures, it functions in just about every other condition. Thanks to high visibility base colors and reflective fabric, your dog will be visible up to 328 feet in lowlight conditions. Cut-away shoulder panels allow for full movement of the front legs and cam buckles make this piece easy to get on and off.