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Ah, spring. The tulips are blooming, the birds are singing, and if you live in the Pacific Northwest like I do, the rain is falling nonstop. Protecting my pooch from rain is a full-time job this time of year. We’ve tried cute rain jackets, but what about umbrella leashes? They seem like a fun and practical way to keep the dog’s head dry.
Umbrella dog leashes are typically constructed from a long rigid handle, an umbrella, and a short leash that connects to your dog’s collar, positioning the umbrella over their head. They work best for small dogs and are ideal for walking one dog at a time in the rain. The following are our picks for the four best umbrella dog leashes for 2019.
If your dog is a shorty, this dog leash umbrella is a great fit! The heavy-duty plastic umbrella and strong, stainless steel frame offer durable protection. Reviewers note it’s definitely made for small dogs, with a short chain attachment and long umbrella handle that somewhat limits their range of motion.
Helpful review: “This product is exactly as described, a nice umbrella/leash combo to keep your pet dry on a rainy day. I give it four stars because it’s not going to work for every dog. I have smallish dogs, so the size is fine, but when they’re on a leash they want to be out at the end of it looking for things to sniff and to pee on, so it’s hard to keep them covered.”Buy Now on Amazon for $13.99.
This dog leash umbrella distinguishes itself with a c-shaped handle you can slip your wrist through, making for a hands-free rainy walk. Plus, the shaft is adjustable and angled to help position the umbrella directly above your pup.
Helpful review: “Not sure if me or my dog looked sillier walking in the rain with a doggy umbrella but either way, it worked…my Lhasa Apso was a tiny bit afraid of it but realized quickly the umbrella was not attacking him as it covered his head. Be forewarned that your dog will go crazy at first, but will get used to it.”Buy Now on Amazon for $25.99.
Most dog umbrellas are clear, but this model comes in several vibrant colors! And the border around the edge is reflective, making it a safer choice for nighttime rainy walks.
Helpful review: “My dog doesn’t like to go potty in the rain & I don’t like when she gets wet because it makes her fur mat. This is a great solution. It would be nice if the handle could extend a little longer.”Buy Now on Amazon for $12.41.
Made from thick, transparent plastic, this umbrella lets you see your dog clearly while protecting them from the rain. As with most dog umbrellas, it’s best for small dogs who ride low to the ground.
Helpful review: “This little umbrella fits just perfect over my dog. He hates, hates the rain and I know it will help me to get him outside. It’s easy to use and does not tangle. Really happy with it.”Buy Now on Amazon for $15.99.
As mentioned, the best umbrella dog leashes are for small dogs. If you have a bigger dog, consider alternate rain protection like a dog raincoat. Or, if you have a DIY spirit, here’s a tutorial to make an umbrella leash yourself!