The essential gear for running with your spaniel

Running with your dog

Running with your Spaniel can be great fun. Keeping both you and your dog fit and allowing you to bond with your furry friend.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare you and your dog for running, but one of the main things to prepare is the equipment you’ll need.

In this guide to the best gear for running with your Spaniel, you’ll learn:

  • The equipment you’ll need
  • What can you do to prepare yourself and your dog
  • Recommendations for the best gear
  • And, lots more…

What equipment will you need to go running with your Spaniel?

Having the proper running gear for you and your dog will make the entire running experience more excellent and hassle-free. We suggest:

  • A running belt with the appropriate storage for doggy essentials; poo bags and treats.
  • A lead that can be connected to your belt.
  • A harness for your dog. Make sure it’s super comfy and gives them enough support.
  • A vessel for carrying water for your dog.

Some owners purchase dog boots for their spaniels, but we don’t think they’re essential, it’s very much a personal choice unless your dog is likely to cuts its paw pads or if you’re running on challenging terrain.

Best running belts and leads

SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash for Medium and Large Dogs

A very popular belt and leash combo, that is very highly recommended on Amazon with over 14,500 4.5 star ratings. With two clasp security to make sure your leash doesn’t come loose, a bungee cord and the ability to use hands-free or hands-on, this is a great all-around option.

What we like:

  • Two-clasp security gives you comfort that your dog won’t break free
  • Bungee cord absorbs the impact of your dog pulling or recoiling
  • Reflective striping for night running
  • Available in 6 different colours
SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash for Medium and Large Dogs

Pecute Hands-Free Dog Leash with Storage

Another popular model, this combo belt and leash model provide a double-bungee leash and a comfortable and breathable mesh belt with plenty of storage for treats, poo bags and a water bottle.

What we like:

  • Dual-bungee leash absorbs the effect of your dog pulling
  • Breathable mesh to wick sweat and add comfort
  • Plenty of storage for the essentials
Pecute Hands-Free Dog Leash with Storage

Kurgo On Trail Running Belt

A very robust and well-made option for those looking to run long distances or for those wanting to walk, hike or run with two dogs. Water-resistant and coming with reflective bands this is a great and long-lasting hands-free dog running belt.

What we like:

  • Construction quality and robust materials
  • Ability to clip in two dogs
  • Water resistance
Kurgo On Trail Running Belt

Pet Dreamland Dog Running Leash

This extremely dog belt and leash comes with an adjustable belt and neoprene handle for added comfort, togethr with a dual bungee strap. A great option for lively and active that have a tendency to pull.

What we like:

  • Neoprene handle is super comfortable when using hand-on
  • A dual-bengee cord makes for easy dog control, when hands free or hands on
  • Great for active and lively dogs
Pet Dreamland Dog Running Leash

Best Dog Harnesses for Running

ThinkPet Sport Harness

This padded and breathable sports specific harness is a greta choice for active dogs. A durable construction and escape prood design is a perfect choice for your four-legged running companion.

What we like: 

  • Sport specific design and robust construction
  • Offers great support and comfort
  • Escape proof design
ThinkPet Sport Harness

Ruffwear Hi and Light Dog Harness

Ruffwear is one of the most popular dog equipment brands and you can see why with Hi and Light Dog Harness. It’s extremely lightweight construction makes it a perfect choice for you active dog. Not the cheapest, but a great, and durable option.

What we like:

  • Durable material and construction
  • Extremely lightweight making a it a great choice for running
  • The Ruffwear brand
Ruffwear Hi and Light Dog Harness

tobeDRI Dog Harness

This great value and highly-rated dog harness ticks a lot of boxes for dog runners. Lightweight and with plenty of supper for your dog, it’s a great value option. Coming in a choice of four sized and 10 colours, there are plenty of options to choose from.

What we like:

  • A great value option
  • Excellent support for your dog
  • Choice of sizes and colours
tobeDRI Dog Harness

What you need to prepare before running with your Spaniel

To make your run enjoyable, there are a number of things you can do to prepare you and your dog:

  • Build your distance over time. Start with shorter runs and gradually increase your distance so your dog can get used to running.
  • Plan your route. Make sure the route is good for your dog, on an appropriate surface and free of distractions.
  • Know when to stop. Don’t push your dog too hard. If they are getting tired, stop and let them rest.
  • Give your dog time to digest its food. Don’t run within an hour of feeding your dog and give them time after a run before giving them food.
  • Enjoy it. Enjoy the opportunity to bond with your dog, they will love and you can too…

Final thoughts

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to the best gear for running with your Spaniel. Making sure you have the appropriate equipment will make running with your Spaniel so much more enjoyable for both you and your dog. Enjoy!

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