Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links from Rad Dog, however all opinions are my own.
I recently was lucky enough to test out the coolest leash/collar combo from Rad Dog, a Washington based, Colorado conceived company. Hand sewn in the USA with 100% American materials, Rad Dog has made a unique product with outstanding quality.
The concept behind the Release N Run is a dog owner's dream. Perfect for hiking & trail running in off leash areas, the 4ft leash actually retracts into the collar! You never have to carry a leash with you again!
After receiving my Release N Run, I was SO impressed with the quality. Everything felt sturdy and well sewn: especially important if you have a large strong dog like I do. I ordered the size Large for my German Shepherd, Buddy, & it fit perfectly. The snap closure felt secure, and Buddy didn't even seem to notice it on (he never wears a collar when he is inside). Since I put a collar on him, he was super excited so we went for a test run!
I'll admit, Buddy is a puller. He isn't great on a leash and tends to pull me down the stairs on the way to the car. I was worried at first about how the thinner leash cord would be able to withstand his strong forward lunges, but Rad Dog uses the strongest materials available:
"Made with climbers webbing, Cordura® and Spectra® cord, the RNR is strong enough for dogs weighing up to 110lbs. Spectra, made by Honeywell® is one of the world’s strongest and lightest fibers. The internal retracting mechanism, originally designed for extended use in salt water by scuba divers and for the tethering of tools and weapons for the police and military, has been designed for maximum strength and durability. "
Plus the 4ft length actually gave me more control over him than I could have imagined. I don't think I could ever go back to a 6ft lead.
Once we were at the trail, I opened Buddy's door and grabbed ahold of the leash's grasp. Easy peasy. No making him wait to get the leash & put it on. We hiked a little bit up the trail before starting our run when I finally released him. The leash retracted perfectly back into the collar, and we were off!
Whenever I would see other people or dogs on the trail, I could easily grab the leash! Some people are afraid of large dogs, and I think it's common courtesy (personally) to not have my dog barreling down the trail unleashed, even on an off leash trail. I don't mind seeing other dogs off leash since I am totally a dog person, but I would also never want to frighten someone with a 100lb German Shepherd (even though he is the biggest sweetest baby ever). I loved how simple it was to call him back, grab the leash, and have total physical control over him.
Aside from Buddy's squeaky toy, "Mr. Pig", this is probably the best piece of "dog equipment" we have. Rad Dog's Release N Run comes in an assortment of colors and 4 different sizes. You can check out the product page by clicking here!
BONUS: The Release N Run turns your dog into an instant model! I may be biased, but Buddy sure did look handsome modeling his new collar for me!