FAQs

General

What's your warranty?

All our gear is warrantied one year from the time of purchase. If you have an issue - please contact us at service@stuntpuppy.com.

My dog chewed my Stunt Puppy gear. Can you help?

Nothing is chew proof. Our warranty does not cover chewing, normal wear and tear or product misuse. BUT WAIT - if your dog acts like a dog and chews your leash - we can usually repair it at no cost besides shipping (e.g. replace buckles (not webbing)).

Do you make donations?

We do. Your donation request must be related to a non profit organization. Due to the high volume of requests, we can not honor everyone's submission. Please download this form and email it to us at service@stuntpuppy.com and we'll contact you if we are going to make a donation to your organization.

Do you sell wholesale?

Yes we do. Please send your information to service@stuntpuppy.com and we'll get back to you quickly.

Will this fit my Dog?

Collars:

Our Everyday Collars and Dry Collars are 1 inch (2.5 cm) in width and fit necks 14 - 21 inches (36 - 53 cm). Think beagles to large golden retrievers.

Our Small Everyday Collars 9/16 inches (1.4 cm) in width and Small Dry Collars  3/4 inches (1.9 cm) in width,  fit necks 12 - 16 inches (31 - 40cm). Think Boston terrier to corgi.

Our Extra Small Everyday Collars are 9/16 inches (1.4 cm) in width and fit necks 9 - 12 inches (23 - 30 cm). Think small - really small. Perfect for puppies too!

How big a beast wears the Kahuna Collar? Ka HOOOO Nah! The width of these collars is 1.5 inches (3.8 cm). They fit necks from 18 - 28 inches (46 - 71 cm). But wait, if your dog's neck is a bit smaller - we can custom make one at the same width but smaller circumference. Just add custom tailoring to your order and email us (service@stuntpuppy.com) your order number along with your dog's neck size. They are truly bad-ass.

But I want to be sure! Will it fit MY dog?

Measure your dog's neck. We recommend using a soft measuring tape. If you don't have one- use a piece of string, and measure that. Remember - you'll want to get two fingers under the collar when it's on, so take that into account.

Leashes:

Which leash is the right size?

All of our leashes are strong enough for any size dog. People choose our smaller leashes (thinner in width) to reduce the weight of the leash on a very small dog.

What about hands free? Will this fit around my waist?

Our Everyday Leashes are one piece and can adjust to go around your waist. The wider your waist, the less distance you will have to attach down to your dog. Take a piece of string and put it around your waist where you'd wear the leash. Measure that distance. Subtract that distance from 70 inches and that is the distance you will have between you and your dog.

What about the Stunt Runner? Our Stunt Runner is two separate pieces. The waist belt fits waists 28 - 49 inches (71 - 124cm). The flexible connector stretches from 35 - 51 inches (89 - 129 cm).

I need a bigger or smaller leash/waist belt. Not to worry. For an additional $15, we can whip you up a custom model of most items in no time. Please add custom tailoring to your shopping cart and allow two weeks for delivery.

Harnesses:

Which harness is the right size?

First - measure your dog's girth. What's girth you ask? Measure around your dog's chest just behind your dog's front arm pits.

Dog Girth

Girth 15"- 23" (13 - 58cm) - Small

Girth 23-29 inches (58 - 74cm) - Medium

Girth 29-37 inches (74 - 94cm) - Large

Life Jackets:

To determine your size in a Float Doggy, use your dog's body type and weight. We've measured countless dogs and noted their breed (or delightful mixes as the case may be) and given these as an indication of the best fit for common sizes and body shapes.

Stunt Puppy life jackets have generous adjustment in the chest and shoulders so work with your dog's weight as the starting point.

If you've weighed and compared and still are unsure, please email us and we'll do our best to help.

 

SIZE WEIGHT BODY LIKE A
Mini 3-5 lb Chihuahua, Mini Yorkie
Petite 6-13 lb Small breeds, Mini-Poodle, Dachschund
Small 13-25 lb Fox Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Jack Russell
Medium 26-55 lb Collie, Vizsla, Blue Heeler, Boxer
Large 55-115 lb Labrador, Pointer, German Shephard, Weimeraner

 

Will this fit my cat?

No.

Running FAQs

Can I run with my dog?

Yes, most likely. However, short-nosed dogs, like pugs, and giant breeds, like Great Danes, are typically not the best choices for running. Also, smaller dogs typically will have trouble running at high speeds or for long distances. Be careful running with puppies – their bones are not fully developed yet and running could cause injury or joint problems later on. Before you begin, bring your dog to the vet for an exercise-specific checkup to make sure his joints are in good shape.

Source:

Active

When can I start running with my dog?

Before starting a running program with a puppy or young dog, make sure his bones are fully mature and his growth plates have closed, to avoid joint problems later. On average, this happens around 18 months of age. Smaller dogs take less time to reach full size (around a year), while larger breeds may take up to two years to fully mature. Check with your vet and slowly ease into running.

Sources:

Active

Competitor.com

What gear do I need?

If you’re planning on running with your dog, here are the basics you need:

Sources:

GR Dog Adventures Blog

Competitor.com

ASPCA

Which breeds are best for running?

Long, slow runs: Dogs with a bigger body that can handle the distance, as long as you go slowly.

Examples: Catahoulas, Labrador retrievers, standard poodles and dalmatians. 

Running in the heat: Dogs with a long nose, short sleek coat and svelte body.

Examples: Rhodesian ridgebacks, vizslas, Airedale terriers and fox terriers.

Running in the cold: Dogs with a thick coat and a stocky body.

Examples: Malamutes, German shepherds, Swiss mountain dogs, Siberian huskies.

Running on trails with obstacles: Dogs that are sure-footed and quick to react (such as herding or hunting dogs).

Examples: German shorthaired pointers, viszlas, weimaraners, border collies, Belgian sheepdogs.

Running on crowded or heavily-used trails: Non-aggressive dogs that are people-oriented and obedient with a calm personality.

Examples: Golden and Labrador retrievers, standard poodles, labradoodles, border collies.

No matter what kind of dog you have, it’s a good idea to schedule an exercise-specific checkup with your vet before you start a running program.

Won’t my dog pull me over?

Before you begin running with your dog, it’s important to do some leash training. Although it’s good for your dog to understand and obey the commands sit, stay and down, the number one command your dog should know is heel. When you run, you want your dog to be even with your knees for maximum efficiency and control. Teaching your dog to heel will prevent him from straining at his collar, preventing injury, and will keep him from pulling you over.

Sources:

Drive Magazine, Fall 2013

New York Times

How do I get started?

Start slowly and gradually increase the distance and vary the terrain. Start off slowly, running for around 10 minutes, three days a week, building up distance over time. The generally accepted guideline on increasing running mileage is not to exceed a 10 percent increase (in either time or mileage) a week. This helps build your dog’s endurance, strengthen his muscles and allows his paw pads to build calluses.

Sources:

Drive Magazine, Fall 2013

Competitor.com

Active

GR Dog Adventures Blog

Whole Dog Journal

How far can I run? How often?

How far you go depends on your dog’s age, breed and personality. If your dog seems hyper or destructive, he probably needs more exercise. In general, a low-energy dog needs 20-60 minutes of exercise per day. A moderate-energy dog usually needs at least 60 minutes of exercise, while some high-energy sporting dogs may need to run 10-15 miles per day.

Start off slowly, running for around 10 minutes, three days a week, building up distance over time. The generally accepted guideline on increasing running mileage is not to exceed a 10 percent increase (in either time or mileage) a week. As you increase your mileage, your dog’s pads will gradually toughen to handle the longer distances. Eventually, you may also be able to increase the number of days per week that you run.

The number of miles, minutes or hours you eventually run with your dog is largely determined by…your dog. If he seems tired, is breathing fast and hard or lagging behind, you’ll know it’s time to slow down. Remember, pugs and other short-muzzled pups especially need to be monitored during exercise. Their muzzles don’t allow for lots of airflow, so they can quickly suffer from oxygen deprivation or overheating.

Although consistent workouts will keep your dog happy and healthy, it’s important to incorporate rest days into your dog’s fitness program, as well as a nutritious, balanced diet.

Sources:

GR Dog Adventures Blog

Whole Dog Journal

What about hydration and nutrition?

In general, dogs should drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound per day. If you’re going for a run, aim for 1 ounce of water per pound per day. And if you’re running for more than 45 minutes, especially if the temperatures are hot, you should always plan to stop for water breaks.

How can you tell if your dog is dehydrated? Check his nose. If it’s dry, he may be dehydrated. Here’s another simple test: Pinch the skin on the back of your dog’s neck with two fingers. If the skin remains squished or wrinkled, your dog needs to get water as soon as possible. You can also check your dog’s gums – if they feel slimy when you rub your finger over them, your dog is hydrated. If they’re not, he needs water!

For longer runs, bring high-protein treats that are also high in fat. While humans start off burning carbs when they exercise, dogs use fat for fuel.

What about your dog’s regular diet? If your dog comes jogging with you for 20 minutes a few times a week, you can stick to regular dog food. However, if you and your dog run five or 10 miles a day, your dog will likely need a slightly higher-fat diet overall. Look for high-performance dog foods to help boost your dog’s fat intake – or just add a teaspoon of olive oil to your dog’s kibble. Athletic dogs’ diets should also consist of at least 25 percent protein, preferably from meat.

Sources:
Active

Competitor.com

New York Times

How do I run with two dogs?

Having a short leash is key for running with two dogs, otherwise they’ll just get tangled with each other. Some people find that it works best to have one dog on each side of them when they run. Others prefer to have both on one side.

Don’t want to have both your hands full? The Stunt Puppy Stunt Coupler™ can turn one leash into two: It clips to your leash and features two swivel snap hooks, so you can easily run with two dogs.

Want to run hands free? Attach the Stunt Coupler to the hands-free Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner™ leash and you’re ready to go.

Source:

Fitness Dog Training for You

Is the Stunt Runner™ long enough? What’s the right distance I should be from my dog?

The Stunt Runner was created specifically for runners. (See it in action here.)Your most natural running stride will occur when your dog is heeling close and running by your side, within three feet of you. The short distance also gives you greater control over your dog.

Sources:

Drive Magazine, Fall 2013

Competitor.com

Active

Why is it important to have the Stunt Runner™ bungee? Can’t I just use a regular leash?

Unlike a regular leash, the flexible bungee on the Stunt Runner stretches from 35” to 51” in order to absorb slight variations in stride without pulling you and disrupting your run. See it in action here.

Why run hands-free?

To run efficiently and avoid injury, you need to be able to pump your arms and move naturally, which is difficult if you’re holding a leash. Having free hands makes running much more comfortable! See the hands-free Stunt Runner™ leash in action here.

Sources:

Gear Junkie

GR Dog Adventures Blog

Does it matter if my dog has a harness, collar or Gentle Leader®?

When running, it’s best to have a regular, flat collar. If your dog tends to pull, a harness can help keep your dog on course while protecting his fragile neck. However, a harness may cause chafing on longer runs.

Never run with a choke collar, as you may injure your dog’s neck if he makes a sudden move.

The use of a gentle leader (or head halter) while running is a subject of much debate. While some people say that it is an effective way to control your dog during a run, others believe that the gentle leader may not allow your dog to open his mouth fully, which could hinder his breathing while exercising.

Sources:

New York Times

Whole Dog Journal

What is the best temperature for running? When it is too cold? Too hot?

For most of the country, the best dog exercise weather is anywhere between 32 and 70 degrees – however, it all depends on what your dog is used to.

For warm weather, here’s a good rule of thumb: If the temperature plus humidity added together are greater than 150, it’s probably too hot for your dog. So, if it’s 75 degrees out with a humidity level of 80%, you should reschedule your run or leave your dog at home.

If you do decide to go for a run with your dog and the weather is warmer than 70 degrees, make sure to carry water with you for water breaks, and watch out for hot pavement, which can burn your dog’s feet.

Dogs with long hair or with flat faces (think pugs) are much more prone to overheating, so be extra careful if you try to run with these breeds in warm weather.

Dogs are much more tolerant of cold weather, since they have fur to insulate them. However, once you get below 20 degrees it may be too cold for smaller dogs or dogs with shorter coats – consider a dog jacket for these breeds.

Also, look out for harmful chemicals like salt and antifreeze on winter sidewalks and roads, which can damage the pads on your dog’s feet and can be toxic if he licks his paws. After each cold-weather run, check your dog’s legs and paws for damage and be sure to rinse them with warm water. If you run often in the winter, or if you see that your dog’s feet are sensitive to the salt or the cold, protect his paws with a set of Stunt Puppy booties. These booties also work well on hot pavement during the summer months.

If your dog isn’t into booties, another great option to protect your dog’s feet is Musher’s Secret, a balm that you can put on your dog’s feet to protect them from snow, salt, sand and hot pavement.

Sources:

Pet Health Network

GR Dog Adventures Blog

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Active

Gear Junkie

How do I stay visible while running?

Once the sun goes down, or during foggy or rainy weather, it’s important to wear reflective gear to stay visible to motorists while you’re out for your run. A reflective leash, collar and even a reflective vest are all good ways to stay seen and stay safe. This reflective collar is even waterproof!

Also, consider attaching a light to your dog’s collar to act as a beacon to oncoming traffic, or to help you spot him if he gets off leash. Some of the best running lights can be seen from miles away.

Does my dog need a coat?

It all depends on what your dog is used to, but if the temps are below freezing, small or short-haired dogs may need an additional layer such as a dog jacket to keep their core temperature in a healthy range. Look for signs that your dog is cold, such as lifting up a paw or shivering.

Sources:

Gear Junkie

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Customer service FAQs

When will my order ship?

We ship most orders on the next business day and orders within the US typically arrive within 5 business days.

Can I track my order?

You'll receive an email with a tracking number when your order ships.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards.

This is a gift, are there prices on the packing slip?

No - that would be tacky.

Will I be charged sales tax?

Orders with billing addresses in Minnesota will be taxed at the current MN sales tax rate. Orders with billing addresses outside of Minnesota will not be taxed.

How do I cancel or change an order?

Contact us at service@stuntpuppy.com or 888-265-5006 and we'll be happy to help.

What I ordered isn't what I expected. Can I return or exchange it?

First, look for your order number. You can find it on the packing slip included with your order, in your order confirmation email or in My Account.

Next, download and print out our return form. You’ll need to fill out this form in order to make your return or exchange.

Then, enclose the completed return form, plus a copy of your packing slip, along with the merchandise packed in its original packaging. You can send your return package to:

Stunt Puppy Returns
1621 E Hennepin Ave #151
Minneapolis, MN 55414
RETURNS/EXCHANGES ON BOOTS - If your boots aren't the right fit, please exchange them for a new size BUT please don't wear them outside until you know they fit. We cannot exchange/return boots that have been worn outside.

If you’re making an exchange and your exchange item is in stock, you should receive your replacement order within 2 weeks after we receive your returned merchandise. We’ll send you an email when your new order is on its way!

What's your Domestic Shipping and Delivery Policy?

Stunt Puppy uses USPS, UPS or FedEx to provide our customers with the best rates and service. The majority of orders are shipped within one business day. You can also contact us with any questions.

Once your order has been shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email from us. We will include the tracking number so that you may track your order.

International Shipping (Outside of the USA)

Stuntpuppy.com has partnered with a trusted third-party company, GlobalShopex.com, to fulfill orders for our international customers. Simply add any items you wish to purchase in your shopping cart and choose the “international checkout” option. The items will automatically be transferred to the GlobalShopex cart. You may pay with international credit cards, PayPal and bank wire transfers. GlobalShopex will process your payment and guarantee delivery. Once your order is completed, all inquiries should be directed to GlobalShopex at customerservice@globalshopex.com or (786)314-7144.

GlobalShopex Local Numbers

Australia (Sydney) · Tel: (612) 9037 0252

United Kingdom · Tel: (020) 3371 9380

Japan (Tokyo) · Tel: (3) 4520 9639

Spain (Madrid) · Tel: (91) 829 5114

South Africa · Tel: (27 10) 500-2487

Canada (Toronto) · Tel: (416) 840 5719

France (Paris) · Tel: (01) 7666 0593

Mexico (DF) · Tel: (55) 8525 3179

Brazil (Sao Paulo) · Tel: (11) 3957 0408

Peru (Lima) · Tel: (1) 718 0788

Colombia (Bogota) · Tel: (1) 508 2859

Chile (Santiago) · Tel: (2) 368 0900

Privacy & Security

Please see our Privacy & Security page.

My dog chewed my Stunt Puppy gear. Can you help?

Nothing is chew proof. Our warranty does not cover chewing, normal wear and tear or product misuse. BUT WAIT - if your dog acts like a dog and chews your leash - we can usually repair it at no cost (e.g. replace buckles (not webbing)).