The Scout Leash: Designed With Dog Behavior in Mind
We all love (or at least want to love) walking, running and exploring with our dogs. But for dogs, movement isn’t just enjoyable. It’s also instinctive and helps them feel connected to their pack — which, in this case, is you!
When we move together with our dogs, it helps build a healthy, more harmonious relationship. When we lead our dogs calmly, confidently and smoothly, we give them a chance to relax out in the world, which in turn strengthens their trust and respect in you.
Enter: the Scout Leash. Designed with the guidance of dog behavior nerds, walkers and trainers, our modifiable leash promotes three of your dog’s primary instincts during walks — exploring, following and playing — to help make your time together even more fulfilling.
Did you know that 60 percent of your dog’s brain is wired to their nose? That’s why they stop what feels like every five seconds to sniff yet another patch of grass. We might roll our eyes in amusement — but exploring with their snout is critical to a fulfilling walk for our dogs.
With the Scout Leash fully extended in “Explore Mode,” your dog has the freedom to meander, investigate fun smells on the walking path, mark their territory … you name it. And thanks to the flexible bungee section, Scout softens any jarring stops or directional changes (squirrel!), but prevents your dog from moving out of reach.
While exploring is a healthy and natural behavior for your dog, following your lead is equally important. During this stage of a walk, their nose is off the ground, their body is relaxed and they’re taking cues from you.
Buckling up Scout to its shortest length is ideal for “Follow Mode.” This allows them to walk calmly and quietly and be right by your side, both physically and mentally. It also gives you better guidance and control whenever you need it.
Last but not least, we have playtime! Squeezing a little bit of active play into your dog’s walk provides mental and physical stimulation, tuckers them out so they’re not racing around the house at midnight — and helps you form a deeper bond with your dog.
In “Play Mode,” you can detach Scout from your dog’s collar or harness — and then wrap it around your torso, bandolier style, and fasten the carabiner through the handle to secure it. That way, you’ll have your hands free for frisbee throwing, hiking the single track or taking a jaunt through the dog park.
Pro-tip: You can even attach your water bottle and your dog’s Nano Bowl to the carabiner during playtime, so you don’t have to carry them or bring an extra bag.
Gear For Active Dogs
This is gear for dogs that brave autumn without an argyle sweater, ride shotgun in the pickup, nudge their running partner awake before the alarm goes off…you get the idea. Dogs like these need gear that keeps up with them, in the city and the country; the rain and the sun; the hot and the cold; the dark and the light.
This gear is for you and your dog. Whatever you do. Every day.
From Basement to Brand
For years, Ken Goldman searched for the perfect leash and collar for his golden retriever, Bauer. From volunteering at hospitals to running the trails, their lifestyle was busy – and put their dog gear to the test. Dissatisfied with other dog products on the market, Ken retreated to his basement, pulled out a sewing machine (thanks Mom) and created the Stunt Runner™, a dog leash fitted with a flexible connector, which enabled him to run easily with Bauer by his side.
He tested his gear with neighborhood dogs and quickly moved on to the most active of canines: Search-and-rescue dogs, law enforcement dogs, Iditarod dogs, dock-diving dogs. These dogs continue to test all Stunt Puppy products and inspire new gear.
What began as a basement project quickly turned into a national brand. Taking cues from high-quality climbing, skiing and camping gear, Ken used similar materials and construction techniques to ensure his products had the comfort and durability to keep up with even the most active dogs and their owners.
How We Make Gear Fit For A Dog
Human Grade Components
Human-grade fabrics mean gear that's lighter, softer, more breathable, and performs better across a range of conditions. We use human-grade fabrics and components because to us, it's never JUST a dog.
There are no straight lines on a dog, so there are no straight lines on Stunt Puppy jackets. Curved panels, articulated seams, and adjustments where they're needed most allow for a customized fit that accommodates deep chests, broad shoulders, narrow waists and all the glorious combinations in between.
Lab-Test the Gear
Good on paper isn't good enough for the kind of treatment that our outdoor gear needs to endure. Every Stunt Puppy design is tested and measured by our team of Lab-Testers.
To Make It Right, We Make It in the Right Place
From the first buckle to the last stitch, we manufacture where materials and techniques are the best: New Zealand’s first-rate Merino wool; China’s flotation construction expertise; the United States’ premiere reflective technology. It all comes together in the USA where we can ship with the smallest footprint and help take care of our one beautiful planet.
We Love Our Dogs as Much as You Do
We started with a single jacket made from scraps for Jack, our thermally fragile Ridgeback, and fashioning the perfect leash for Bauer to make his hospital therapy rounds. We still design for the Jacks and Bauers who are making the world a better place, one unconditional wag at a time.
Here's What Makes Us Better
Soft, smooth and strong. The same material used in top-quality climbing and rescue gear. Doesn't pinch the skin or mat the hair.
Because your dogs life is seven times too short to live with boredom. We've created a unique line of patterns to fancy up your dog.
Crazy Strong and Crazy Light Carabiners
Active dog owners tend to have their hands full. These carabiners are strong, durable – and so easy to use. They auto lock once clipped onto your dog's collar.
Bar Tack Stitching
We don't glue our materials together or sew like Grandma; we stitch `em right and tight. This super strong stitch is the same one used on climbing harnesses and firefighters' gear.
Buckles are one of the key safety features in any leash or collar. So when it comes to buckles, we don't mess around: We use the best ones on the market.
Innovative Reflective Trim
Made with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. Looks great during the day, shows up even better at night, reflecting back up to 500 feet.
Biothane® Waterproof Material
A lightweight and virtually indestructible material that's waterproof and stinkproof. Built to handle weather extremes, it stays flexible in the coldest of conditions.
Dual D Rings
One ring for the tags and one ring for the leash. There’s no need to reach under your dog’s neck to clip the leash and then spin the buckle and tags all the way up to the top of the neck. The second D-Ring is right there on top (and can be repositioned) for you to easily clip right into. And no jingle mingle with the leash and tags.