Runner's Choice Hands-Free Dog Leash (with Belt)

We designed our unique hands-free dog leash to take the shock out of those unpredictable lunges, pulls, and abrupt changes of direction. The Runner's Choice is deliberately designed and built with a unique bungee system that has a minimum breaking strength of 215 pounds. That might sound excessive, but if you’ve ever been on the wrong end of a strong dog chasing a speeding squirrel, you’ll appreciate every ounce of that strength! 

We take the design, performance materials, and craftsmanship of our products very seriously. Skillfully handcrafted in Denver, Colorado, this unique running leash for dogs is built to last. The video below can also be viewed in full-screen. 

Snow images by Logan Blanton featuring  'Finn' 

  • • Three Unique Adjustable Leash Settings (and freedom to use your hands!)
  • • Length 54" inches (137 cm) - also easily adjusts to 46" and 30" (117 cm / 76 cm) based on your needs
  • • Adjustable Iron Doggy™ Belt (included)
  • • Belt fits waist sizes from 28" inches to 48" (71 cm to 122 cm)
  • • Sliding snap hook glides effortlessly as your dog moves from side to side  
  • • Two uniquely raised control handles - made to grab quickly and easily the second you need them
  • • Two specially placed hold-knots - prevent "leash burn" and keep your hands safe
  • • Bungee: Marine Grade - stands the test of time
  • • Webbing: Mil-spec to minimize wear and tear
  • • Weight: 7.04 oz. (.2 kg)
  • • Color: Black with highly visible Bold Red
  • • Made in the USA
  • • Need an Extra Leash to run with multiple pups? Learn more
  • • Questions? Please see our FAQ Page

We are incredibly grateful for the positive feedback we receive from our customers and those who previously bought other "knockoffs" of our original hands-free leashes, only to find out they don't perform as expected. This won't happen with an Iron Doggy™. In the extremely unlikely event that you aren't completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked. 

As of April 2021:

Domestic (within the United States) - Your new Iron Doggy™ gear ships quickly anywhere in the U.S. via USPS Priority Mail® (Padded Flat Rate Envelope) and includes USPS Tracking®. All US Territories and Military Bases (APO/FPO) are also included as domestic. Additional shipping options are available at checkout. 

All USPS shipments are currently being delivered as scheduled within 2 to 4 business days (including Saturday) within the entire U.S. 

All orders are processed and shipped the same day when placed Monday through Friday before 2:30 pm CST (Central Time). We always try our best to get your order out the same day (even if it’s placed after the time listed above).  

Canada - If you are shipping to Canada 🇨🇦 (and prefer faster delivery), we offer UPS® Standard as an alternative since it arrives even sooner and is delivered right to your door. 

Canadian UPS® Note: There is usually an additional Import Tax fee due only with UPS® shipments to Canada - not with USPS. Otherwise, USPS First-Class International® delivery times are currently arriving within 8 to 12 days (depending on your province).

Global / International (outside of the U.S. and Canada) - We offer USPS First-Class International®, Priority International®, and UPS Worldwide® shipping options. Due to the current global disruption, it can sometimes take the USPS 15 or more business days for International shipments to arrive within certain countries (depending on your country's final destination).

If you prefer faster delivery, we also offer UPS Worldwide® for International shipments. 

Global UPS® Note: There may be an additional Import Tax due only with UPS® International shipments (depending on your country) - not with USPS.

Otherwise, USPS First-Class International® should arrive within 12 to 19 days depending on your global destination. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to a “new normal." 🙂

Please see our FAQ page under "Shipping" for additional information.
Thank you!

USPS® = United States Postal Service
UPS® = United Parcel Service

Designed by Runner’s, Defined by Comfort

The Runner's Choice Hands-Free Leash incorporates a unique bungee system and Belt that uses your hips as a counterweight (instead of your hands, shoulders, and neck) to absorb strong pulls from your dog. The Iron Doggy™ Belt has a durable swivel sliding snap-hook that glides effortlessly as your dog moves from side to side, so you can feel safe and comfortable while running hands-free.

Two unique raised "control handles" allow quick and easy access the second you need them. Runner's Choice also features two specially placed "hold-knots" to keep your hands safe by preventing "leash burn" - perfect for busy intersections or to gain control of your pup quickly.


• Heavy-duty swivel sliding snap-hook

• Two raised control handles

• Two specially placed hold-knots

• Multiple pups? See our Extra Leash options

Adjustable, Strong, and Incredibly Flexible

With three adjustable leash settings beginning at 54" (inches), 46", and 30", the Runner's Choice Hands-Free Leash allows you and your pup to quickly and easily adapt to different environments. Whether you choose to let your dog all the way out for a faster pace or easily bring them in closer for a walk, there's a setting for that. Whether you decide to adjust your leash for an urban setting or let it out all the way for wider terrain, the Runner's Choice has you covered.

For added convenience, our Solo-Pocket® easily fits on to your Iron Doggy™ Belt. It provides you with extra storage space to bring your necessities including those all-important doggy bags and treats.


  • • Three Unique Adjustable Leash Settings
  • • Leash Length: 54" inches (137 cm)
  • • Leash also adjusts to 46" and 30" (117 cm / 76 cm)
  • Iron Doggy™ Belt (included)
  • • Belt fits waist sizes from 28" inches to 48" (71 cm to 122 cm)

The Highest Quality Hands-Free Leash on the Market

Our unique bungee system has a minimum breaking strength of 215 pounds, making the Runner's Choice perfect for strong dogs who have a mind of their own. With quality, design, and function in mind, Iron Doggy™ gear allows you and your furry companion to enjoy the outdoors and create new adventures that last.


  • • Bungee: Marine Grade - stands the test of time
  • • Webbing: Mil-spec to minimize wear and tear
  • • Minimum breaking strength: 215 pounds
  • • Weight: 7.04 oz (.2 kg)

Customer Reviews

Based on 660 reviews
Runner's leash

This is the best leash for running I've ever purchased. It is hands free, and has handy handles if you do need to hold your dog closer to you as you're running/walking.

Melanie, Thank you for your feedback. We're glad to hear that you and your pup are enjoying your Iron Doggy™ gear. Thank you so much again!


This leash is absolutely amazing. I did so much research looking for a running leash only to find cheap quality ones with reviews saying “it snapped.” Having 3 dogs (2 Dobermans and a Standard Poodle) I was not going to risk the safety of my dogs on a “just ok” product. In the research rabbit hole I somehow ended up on the iron doggy website. Their leashes were designed by actual runners! With 3 strong dogs and 2 of them being around 75/80 lbs, I needed a leash that was going to be stronger than them with all of the pulling and biting on the leash. This leash can withstand over 200 lbs!!! I ordered the leash and as soon as I opened the package and took it out I could immediately feel the quality and durability in the product, plus I received stickers and a handwritten thank you note! I am so glad I found Iron Doggy! P.S. I recommend ordering directly from Iron Doggy to ensure that you receive a genuine Iron Doggy product.

Rachel, Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear that you and your Doberman and Poodle pups are enjoying your Iron Doggy™ gear. Thank you for the photos. We hope you have fun on the beach! Thank you so much again.


I am impressed with the build quality of this lead and so far it has worked well with my Ridgeback who goes 0 to 20 mph in about 1/10th of a second when he feels like it.
I bought the water bottle which is too small to be practical, a better solution would be a bottle holder perhaps? That way you could carry bigger bottles and maybe two. One for me and one for Monty... All in all this is a great lead and I look forward to many miles of use with it. Very happy and worth the wait/cost in the UK to import it.

Nate, Thank you for your feedback. We're glad to hear that you and Monty (great name!) are enjoying your Iron Doggy™ gear in the UK. That means a lot to us. Thank you so much again.

P.S. We agree the H2O companion seems small but it is deliberately designed to clip on to the belt and provide 8 oz. (or 240 ml) of liquid. It's designed to be light and functional on a run (while keeping your hands free for proper running form and still have something to quench your thirst that doesn't bounce). Some choose to attach two H2O companions to have more liquid. We're sorry to hear you found it impractical, but the thinking behind the design is to provide a small, lightweight, and functionally non-intrusive alternative to quench your thirst while out on a run. We hope you and Monty continue to enjoy your runs! Thanks again for your feedback.

I like your Runner's Choice lead

Just received the Iron Doggy lead, and I am impressed with quality of this runners lead. Very sturdy in looks and feel, well sewn. I like the fact it adjusted to my size very easily, and the lead is detachable from the belt. I have not used it yet to walk, but the bungee in the lead should ease sudden jumps. I walk a Mastiff mix, and that would have been helpful when he was learning to walk on a leash. He wears a backpack to carry bags, treats, and waste back home. This lead will keep him attached to me while cleaning up his waste. I have been using a runners lead from different company, and find Iron Doggy to be a superior lead. It is a better choice for larger dogs as it is built much stronger, plus the advantages I stated earlier. It was worth the extra cost over my first runners lead. Thanks for an American choice.

Luther, Thank you so much for your feedback. We're happy to hear that you and your Mastiff mix are enjoying your Iron Doggy™ gear. That means a lot to us. Thank you so much again!

Fabulous leash

Terrific leash and Iron Doggy’s customer service is phenomenal. Their leashes gave me back my sense of security in walking my dogs as one of them had gotten away from me a couple of times on a traditional leash when he suddenly pulled quickly. That doesn’t happen with Iron Doggy! Also, I had a minor problem with one edition of the leash (I’ve bought several!) and they replaced it immediately and painlessly. I love Iron Doggy!!!! Great products and a great company!!!

Rhonda, Thank you so much for your feedback. We're happy to hear that you and your pups are enjoying your Iron Doggy™ gear and that you are having a good experience. That means a lot to us. Thank you so much again!

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