I’ve got 3 good reasons for you to run hands free with your dog today. Mom loves to run with a dog or two, and she says running hands free with the Umbilical Belt is the best thing since sliced bread! I received an Umbilical Belt back in June and posted a review if you would like to take a look.
These days, Bailie is Mom’s running buddy. Mom has run with a dog for the past twenty years or so. Every one of her dogs has been a running partner for many years. I do still run on occasion, but I prefer to walk instead on most days.
Bailie loves to run with Mom, and the Umbilical Belt makes it so much easier for both of them. We never really walk using a heal command, but while running we almost always automatically run in a heal position on our own.
Many times, Mom was able to run with dogs off leash which really helped her running form, but with Bailie and I or most dogs in a suburban area, it is to dangerous with all the cars. Holding a leash while running causes humans to move in the wrong ways. Because of this, I came up with my 3 reasons to run hands free with your dog.
- You can run in the proper form, move your arms naturally, no leaning one way or the other or pulling of our arms or shoulders. The Umbilical Belt creates stability around your waist which keeps the rest of your body from being strained
- The Umbilical Belt provides a core workout while you run. With the leash attached to the belt around your waist, your core is controlling the dog. After the first run with the Umbilical Belt, Mom could feel some of her core muscles had been used, but it was a good feeling.
- Amazingly, if you have a dog who pulls or all of the sudden chases a critter, your core will be stopping the dog. Your core is much stronger than your arms, and the dog will learn pretty quickly not to pull or chase anymore.
We made this short video showing Mom and Bailie on a short run. See how happy they are and how easily they can each move? It is just a miracle, really! Next time cousin Lena is here, she is going to try running hands free with two dogs.
Mom was concerned at first about how strong the Umbilical Belt would be, especially when Bailie wanted to chase a critter, but it is amazingly stable! In an extreme situation, she can always grab the leash with her hand. The leash is a good length, and the zipper pocket is perfect to house spare poop bags.
I highly recommend the Umbilical Belt if you run with your dog. It would be great for walking as well, but right now for our family, running is the best use and we love it! I was not asked to post about it today, but I love to share great products I find with my friends and readers! I bet if you try running or walking hands free, you will not ever want to go back to holding onto a leash!
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