They would regularly take Zola running on the trails around their suburban Denver home to burn off some of her endless energy. The trouble was while they were focusing on training, being a dog, Zola was focused more on the local population of rabbits and squirrels.
The result was that most of their run was spent chasing after their dog. It wasn’t fun, and it wasn’t safe, so they had no choice but to introduce a leash into the equation.
The leash led them to a discovery that many runners before had already made - it’s impossible to run with a leash in your hand and maintain proper running form. Clearly, they had to get themselves a dependable hands-free dog leash.
So they did. In fact, they purchased lots of them. What they discovered was that these other leashes were far from ideal. They seemed to be either too frail to last or over-engineered. Some had big bulky belts, pads, and large funky water bottle attachments.
Some looked like they would offer the kind of shock absorption they needed, but then stretched out flat at the first pull because they were constructed from elastic. It was hard to believe that any of these leashes were designed by people who actually ran with their dogs.
So they started to explore leashes that are used in skijoring and canicross. Those were closer to what they wanted, but ultimately they were too long and heavy for runs through parks and mountain trails.
This left just one option. If they wanted to have everything an urban runner needs in a leash, they would have to create their own. How hard could that be? Luckily for them, they didn't know the answer was actually pretty challenging.
In the end, it was a journey that took one dog and two runners through 15 iterations of the design, complete with a dozen beta-testers, an industrial designer, and a full-blown product manufacturer.
What can we say? We love dogs! We also believe in helping other pups in need. You can sleep comfortably at night, knowing a portion of net proceeds from every Iron Doggy™ leash is donated to help improve the lives of shelter animals. We also help to support pet adoption through various local and global animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA.
Buy a leash from us and we'll do everything we can to make sure you’re thrilled with your purchase. In fact, if you don't love it, you can send it back and we’ll give you a complete refund.
So, that's how we began running our hands-free leash business. You could say we’re in this for the long run. We're headquartered in beautiful Austin, Texas, and dedicated to designing and developing the highest quality hands-free dog leashes on the market.
We hope you and your furry companion enjoy your next run, race, hike, or outdoor excursion with the freedom and functionality of our hands-free gear.
- To your next adventure 🐶 🙂 🌲