Coopersburg, PA - I had rescued a husky 2 years ago from a shelter. He was really sick when I first got him, but I was told that he "loves to run." I have always run and was hoping this dog (Koda) would be a possible running buddy. After a couple of months getting him back to being healthy, we went from running 1 mile to 5! He couldn't get enough! My arm kept getting sore from holding his leash, so I looped it onto a belt and ran "hands free" for months that way. After destroying a few belts and realizing this was going to be a regular activity, I started looking for more comfortable options. I also wanted to be able to take water, doggie pick-up bags, chapstick, and keys along because we were running more miles. I spent a LONG time researching products and ultimately settled on this human harness. I have been using it for a year now and am SO HAPPY with the purchase.
Koda and I run together 3-4 times per week. It's so nice to have water for us in the summer months. I use the pouch for doggie bags, keys, chapstick, dog treats, cell phone. I often run after dark because it's cooler and I work - the reflective patches are perfect. I ended up taking off the heavy clip looped on the front and just hooked the caribbeaner (spelling?) directly onto the front loop. It's helpful to be able to unhook the leash from the harness if I need to. Unfortunately, Koda chewed through the water bottle so I've replaced it with a no-spill baby bottle hehe. He's actually proficient at drinking from water bottles at this point! If you walk, jog, or run with your dog on a regular basis and want to try a hands-free system, I definitely wouldn't buy anything else. Furthermore, I have back problems from a nasty car accident and this system does not aggravate my back at all - despite Koda pulling at the beginning of each run until we settle into a pace. Best wishes and happy exercising with your dog!