The Best Leashes for Adventurous Dogs

Our favorite straps for outings with the pup

Whether your dog is notorious for pulling ahead or is envied for heeling at your side, there's a leash to keep your pup safe, comfortable, and in line. (Kristine Weilert/Stocksy)
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We love our dogs here at Outside and have strong opinions about which breeds are best suited for outdoor adventures. Regardless of your companion type—be it a champion Weimaraner or a rescue of questionable descent—you need a solid leash when you head out to play. To help narrow the field, we’ve picked several of our favorites, plus a couple cool accessories.

Chaco Dog Leash ($20)

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You wear Chacos all summer, so you might as well get Fido a leash to match. We dig the adjustable handle that can be expanded to go around your waist for hands-free dog walking or running.

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Ruffwear Ridgeline ($25)

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Ruffwear’s newest leash is built from a stretchy webbing that expands from 2.5 feet to 4.25 feet when needed. Bonus: you can open the collar clip with one hand.

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Mendota Slip Lead ($15)

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The simple Slip is a leash-and-collar combo that teaches your dog not to tug and comes with a guarantee that lasts the life of your pet.

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Bike Tow Leash ($150)

This semirigid arm attaches to the back of your bike and then to your dog’s collar, keeping him away from your wheels when you go for a pedal-assisted run.  

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Found My Animal ($65)

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These rope leashes take cues from the nautical world. A portion of the proceeds goes to pet adoption charities.

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Flexi Vario ($35)

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If your dog likes to wander, get a retractable leash. We like this one because you can add accessories like an LED flashlight and a detachable “glove box” for treats and poop bags (all sold separately).

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Bold Lead Designs ($55)

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Handcrafted in Colorado from vegetable-tanned leather, this versatile leash can be adjusted to go around your waist for hands-free walking and has two clips for double-dog duty.

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OllyDog Running Belt and Leash ($45) 

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Pair OllyDog’s lightweight and stretchy elastic leash with the company’s waist belt (which has a pouch for treats, keys, and poop bags), and you have a hands-free running kit built for speedy pursuits.

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RockPet Dog Leash ($25)

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Six feet of climbing rope and a carabineer let everyone know you send rock, even when you’re just out for a stroll with your poodle.

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Ruffwear Doubleback Harness ($125)

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And if you actually want to climb with your dog, this harness from Ruffwear is strength-rated to 2,000 pounds, allowing you to attach your pup to a rope and haul her up to spicy spots she can’t reach on her own.  

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Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Harness ($30)

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Protect your dog on the way to the trailhead with this crash-tested harness that clips to a seatbelt.

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GoPro Fetch ($40)

You know how you’ve always wanted to strap a GoPro to your dog to see the world through his eyes? This is how you do it.

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