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Dog lines are another area where personal preference comes to the fore. A normal dog lead, such as a police training lead is very versatile when out on a long run. You can detach from belt and easily secure your dog to a fence post for example, or convert to a walking lead if you decide to stop running and want to leisurely walk with your dog. This disadvantage of using a lead like this is that you almost definitely will need to carry it at times, as it will either drag on the ground or get in the way of your legs as you run. I prefer to use lines made with polypropylene rope, similar to those used for sled dog racing. Very lightweight, they do not hold water and do not hurt if contact is briefly made with one's legs when running. However, it is very uncomfortable to hold this type of material in your hand and can easily cause friction burn if your dogs suddenly pulls excessively.


My preference is to use polypropylene on short runs or when I know there will be no distractions. On events like challenge walks/ races I will use leads that offer more comfort if I need extra control over the dog(s).




When running more than one dog, the options are to have two separate leads or one Y shaped lead. The dogs can also be attached to each other via neckline between their collars. Whilst this offers more control over the dogs, it can cause problems with tangled lines and also if the dogs are not used to running close to one another they might resist the neckline, and end up pulling against each other, which will definitely not assist you as the runner behind hoping for a tow. Plus if the dogs are constantly resisting each other, excessive tension will be placed upon their necks and they could injure themselves.


Typically I will use a neckline between dogs when I am running short racing distances and also when I am first training a dog to run in harness – this way it will learn from the dog that it is attached to by following it.

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