Overall it's nice. I enjoyed using it a lot and it is quite comfortable. I didn't like the bags it comes with so I've never used them. But the plastic clips are just terrible. I've had two of these and both of them have broken quickly. My dog doesn't even pull much, a tug here and there, but both plastic clips are so frail that they've given up. Though I didn't have high hopes because of the price, so it's not a big deal for me. But don't trust the belt with a stronger dog, it can break easily.
Well made and excellent value
Firstly may I say I cannot understand the negative reviews for this item and I did think twice before ordering and I am so glad I did buy it. It has many features and IS well made. I am a 62 year old 60kg female who runs/ walks with my 15kg collie on roads, lanes, fields and mountains and find this Lead perfect. I cannot understand the negative reviews,excellent value, suppose you can't please everyone.
It’s great! I find walking one of my clients a lot easier using one of these now! She’s a hyperactive Stacie who constantly pulls and it’s so much easier! My only problem if when they pull all the pockets fall to the front marking it quiet uncomfortable which is a shame x
Value for money
I bought this belt/lead combo to train my young ridgeback to run with me. He is still very distracted by smells and other dogs so doesn't always trot by my side. I found this belt comfortable to wear with enough room in the velcro pocket for 2 poop bags and a small (non-smart) phone. I have taken the other corded bag off. The lead is long and has a lot of give in it. Though some reviewers have found this irritating I have found it useful for when my boy is distracted I can continue running and it doesn't suddenly jarr against him. The handle on the lead is useful for more control but it would be useful to have a 2nd handhold between the clasp and the stretchy bit to actually have total control if you need to hold your dog tight. I use it in conjunction with a Janus Harness which again prevents sudden jarring of my boy's neck if he stops and I continue. I would not use this combination for walks, sticking to a Dogmatic (halti type head harness) for better control. All in all I think this is excellent value for money and I would recommend it for anyone wanting to run safely with their dog.
We bought this hands free dog lead and it is great for training the command "heel" when out jogging. The waist belt fits comfortably and is simply perfect. It is a little annoying that the two removable pockets slip off , but we have attached our treat bag on instead, so we are satisfied! The service and the entire atmosphere at 'zooplus' is very friendly and pleasant.
Finally I can jog with my dog!
Up to now, our Pekinese was quite lazy as far as jogging was concerned. However, since I began using the Hands Free Waist Dog Lead, he's had lots of fun and is running really well with me. We have already run for half an hour together and are training to do more! The shock-absorber gently encourages the dog to run further and not to stand still. The trigger hook on the waist belt stops this lead from getting twisted like other leads and is comfortable. Also, there are extra pockets for your mobile phone and treats, plus a strap for a small water bottle. All in all, a very practical way to carry all this on a waist belt. I am totally impressed!
This is a great idea and well implemented. It is of course a necessity that a dog properly 'heels' when walking; the integrated expander should only be employed for exceptional circumstances. If the dog were to continuously pull heavily on the lead and waist belt, the expander would certainly not last very long. It's brilliant for us!
I think this lead is really good and practical. Thanks to the effective pockets, you can have everything you need always with you :-)
Jogging with a dog becomes fun for whoever could not run with a dog on a lead. You have all your essentials on you (treats, mobile phone, keys...) and the lead can take an enormous strain - I have three dogs and it works great! You can affix more leads to the belt at any point and the lead can be taken off for washing or even be replaced with another lead.
Wish I had this ages ago!
Ok was doubtful when this arrived as it is elasticated and stretchy. However after a few runs this is fab! My collie is a puller and the belt stretches to go with her and makes a comfortable run. When she does go there is enough lead to grab hold of and get control of her i.e. when a cyclist or cat goes by. With a normal lead I would end up with my arms being pulled and sore at the end of a run, however this belt taks the jarring and leaves me comfortable and pain free at the end of a run :-) However the pockets are a waist and a bit of let down. The pouch is not secured enough and flaps around with a water bottle in making it uncomfortable. The pouch is only big enough for a few gels and poo bags, my phone would not fit in it. Over all am pleased and will not look back as my runs are more enjoyable and comfotable. Just did a very pleasant 10 mile run and no sore aching back as I would have had with a normal lead.
Not great if your dog pulls
I have used this once, to go running with my dog, and as she got excited and pulled, the belt went with her - as it made out of elastic rather than nylon. At one point, my dog was way out in front of me, with the belt stretched out ridiculously. The pockets aren't as they look in the picture, there is only the water bottle pocket and a phone holder, and no other pocket for money or keys. They are also only attached to the belt by a loop on the back of them so they move along the belt rather than stay in place, which I didnt like.
Great idea, could be better put together
I am overall very happy with this product--in fact, it has become my everyday walking kit. However, there are a few things that let it down a bit. <br><br> First, the various pouches aren't particularly well-sized or constructed. The draw-string pouch doesn't close fully, so I certainly wouldn't want to put money or valuables in it. I use it to hold a roll of dog bags, my handkerchief and house keys. The phone pouch is really quite tiny, so if you've got a phone bigger than the smallest model, you'll struggle a bit. I've got a Nokia E71 and it just barely shuts around it. The other flap you see on the picture is just a wrap-around reflector that I've since removed. <br><br> It would have been great had there been a zip pouch option for money to be carried, but what can you do? <br><br> Last gripe is the placement of the hand loop on the lead. While putting it up near the top means you can remove it totally and use it as a normal lead, the fact that there is no grab further down means you struggle a bit to get firm control of your dog when needed. My dog has always been one to dash into the road when we're waiting if she gets startled, so I need to hold her down closer to the collar--there isn't a good place to do that on this one, with the elastic bit and then the buckle. You can work around it--I do!--but still. <br><br> Overall, it's a robustly made product, it's just not quite ideal. I haven't had any problems with the strength of the construction and my Dips is a bit of a puller.
Purchased just over a week ago for my Springer Spaniel,we had are first slight incedent with a lamp post coming in between us and the pivot broke on the belt, which left my dog running free on the main road. Lucky I am in a position to repair the article myself, would have expected belt and pivot to be more robust for the money!!! Phone and water bottle holder of poor quality and I have taken them off my belt.