Do I have to be a runner to use an Iron Doggy™ leash?

Absolutely not. We’re runners and we designed our leashes for running, but we love them so much that we use them for everything. Whether we’re going on walks in crowded places like the Farmer's Market, hiking up in the mountains, or just relaxing outside, we’ve yet to find a situation where an Iron Doggy™ leash won't do its job.

Which Iron Doggy™ leash is right for me?

Picking the right leash depends mostly on your dog(s) and how you prefer to run with them. If you have a strong dog who likes to pull, if your dog likes to be out in front of you or tends to cross back and forth when you’re running, the Runner's Choice is probably the leash for you. It's designed with a very heavy-duty bungee, so it really helps to absorb any shock from a strong, or unexpected pull.

It’s also long enough to keep a safe distance between you and your dog when running. If a leash is too short and your dog is in front, you'll be running way too close for comfort. The length of the Runner's Choice can be adjusted quickly and easily to different settings because we know there’ll be times when you'll need to keep your dog closer to you. Our uniquely raised handles (and specially placed hold knots) are designed to grab quickly and easily whenever the moment arises.

The SideKick is perfect for dogs that stay right by your side when you run, or are positioned to the side and slightly ahead of you. This leash doesn't offer the flexibility of multiple length settings, but it weighs less than the Runner's Choice. It uses a slightly thinner bungee which is still very strong, but a big dog that pulls a lot will eventually stretch it over time. If your dog doesn't have issues with pulling and is good about staying by your side, then you'll love the length and light weight of the SideKick.  

What do I purchase to run with two dogs?

For two dogs, you will want to order two leashes and one belt. For instance, you could order a Runner's Choice (with belt) and a Runner's Choice Extra Leash (without belt).

Note: You can easily select which Extra Leash you want (Runner's Choice or SideKick) in the drop-down menu on the Extra Iron Doggy™ Leash page before adding it to your order.

When it comes to deciding which leash to use, we can tell you that most of our customers who do this buy two of the Runner's Choice leashes. Part of the reason is that two dogs side by side often end up in front of the runner. We also have customers who buy one Runner's Choice and one SideKick. This combination is good if you have two dogs that want to run on one side of you, or one dog in front and one to your side.

If you have two or more dogs, you can also add a carabiner. Some of our customers choose this option (so both leashes don't have to connect to the same point on the waist belt). 

If you decide to give this a try, know that you can always exchange a leash if the initial combination is not right.

Do you ship the same day I place an order (within the United States)?

Yes. Your new order is processed and shipped the same day (when placed by 4pm CDT (Central Time) M-F, or 11am on Saturdays). This ensures your new Iron Doggy™ can arrive quickly to your destination (within 1 to 3 business days and includes Saturday delivery).

Do you ship internationally?

Absolutely. We ship worldwide. There are only a few countries we are unable to ship to (based on the carrier). Our checkout process will confirm this for you.

If you reside in Canada 🇨🇦, current delivery times (as of May 2020) range from 7 to 14 days (...we know, it's kind of a bummer)! We'll keep monitoring delivery times and update this page regularly as delivery times improve to Canada due to the current global situation.  

Please note: current delivery times to other international countries may vary due to the global disruption. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this together. 

What size is the Iron Doggy™ waistbelt?   

Our belt can adjust from 28" (inches) all the way up to 48”. Something to consider is that the belt works best when positioned around your hips rather than your waist. This position lets you apply maximum counter weight to your dog’s pull.  

What is the recommended way to wear the Iron Doggy™ waistbelt?  

Besides ensuring it’s positioned around your hips, it’s also best to slide the (black) belt clip to your right side, so it is just above the middle of your right hip. If you imagine yourself looking forward, the belt clip (the two black pieces that you clip together to wear the belt) should be rotated to your right side (a 90º turn) from the very front of your body.

This way (with the easy-glide sliding snap buckle) your dog can easily run or walk from side to side in front of you, without you, or the belt, changing direction.

Can I go to a physical store to buy Iron Doggy™ products?

Since Iron Doggy™ products are handcrafted right here in the United States, they may someday be available in a store near you. For the time being, they are available to order directly online.

We’re happy being a small company with an intense focus on quality. All of our leashes are meticulously handcrafted right here in the United States (in Denver, Colorado). By resisting the urge to outsource, or sell through larger stores, we can keep a firm grip on our relentless commitment to quality and the ability to continue donating a portion of net proceeds to help the Animal Rescue community.

 I just got a puppy, is it okay to take her/him running?   

We admire your enthusiasm, but you should be careful not to start too early. Our vet advised us to wait a full year before starting to run with our dog. It has something to do with their tiny little, fragile, immature bones. The last thing you want to do is cause injury to your new puppy, so why not focus on training, playing, and getting to know your pup? It’s best to confirm with your vet (based on your pups’ breed). 

What if I'm running with a stroller?

It really depends on your dog and your running style. If your dog is good about healing and isn't a big puller, the SideKick is probably your best choice. This shorter leash won't let your dog get out in front of your stroller and is more likely to stay next to you, on your side, as you run. 

Some runners who run with a stroller prefer the Runner's Choice (if their dog tends to pull a lot) and they want the flexibility to easily make adjustments to the length. It's really up to you and your personal preference. Here is an short article about reinventing your runs, once a stroller is in the mix. Whatever you do, please don't attach that leash to the stroller. 

Why does the leash hardware seem to weigh a little more?

We’ve tried really hard to find a lighter snap hook to attach to our leashes. The problem is that lighter hooks either break easily, or they cost a small fortune. We care so much about this that we actually hired a metallurgist to stress test our snap hook, and several possible replacements.

What we learned was that all the potential replacements broke too easily. Until we can find a high-performance snap hook that’s equally strong, durable enough to last, and safe for our dog (without increasing cost), we'll continue using the current one. It has proved to be extremely reliable (based on our customers' feedback).

Can I buy one leash then exchange it for the other one?   

Absolutely. To keep things simple from an accounting perspective we’ll issue a refund on your original leash, then help you place a new order for the new leash. Applicable shipping charges may apply to your replacement order. We promise to work with you to make it right. 

Who do I contact if I’m interested in collaborating with Iron Doggy™? 

We do currently offer authorized dealer agreements to select businesses. Please email us at partner@irondoggy.com if you are interested in learning more. We would be happy to learn more about you and your business.  

Do you have an official Iron Doggy™ Media Kit? 

Yes, we do. Here is a link to our Media Kit that describes our original Iron Doggy™ hands-free leashes in detail.

Please let us know if you have more questions through chat (the little round purple button, below to the right) or via email at hello@irondoggy.com. Thanks!