Winterize Your Dog Walks With A Combination Mitten Leash

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Gearing up for a winter dog walk can be a chore, especially if you're dressing both yourself and your pooch in a doggie jacket and boots. Things get even trickier if you're wearing big gloves or mittens, which can make holding on to your dog's leash a difficult proposition. But you can simplify your walking arrangements a little with a combination leash and mitten, which builds a dog lead directly into the end of a mitten, letting you keep hold of your dog without worry about a leash slipping through your frozen fingers.

From strolling through wintery conditions to walking with a retractable leash, here are a few of our favorite mitten leashes.

Our Top Picks

Best For Daily Walks

Reddy Handwarmer Dog Lead, 4 ft.



What We Like
  • Available in pink, gray, navy, and black

  • Internal handle for control

  • Coordinating dog collar available

  • Made with recycled material

  • Faux sherpa liner

  • Adjustable, elastic drawstring at wrist

What We Don’t Like
  • Leash is only available in one length

  • Hardware may be too heavy for smaller dogs

Keep your hand warm and your dog’s leash securely in place with the Reddy Handwarmer Dog Lead. On one end of the 4-foot long leash a D-ring attachment and swivel clasp will make it easy to latch onto your dog’s collar or harness. At the other end a quilted nylon mitt will wrap your hand in a layer of cozy faux sherpa while an elastic toggle keeps it all comfortably in place around your wrist. The connected combination is available in pink, gray, navy, and black, and is made with recycled materials. For a full matching set, you can add the coordinating dog collar with a detachable faux sherpa liner.

Price at time of publish: $35

Best For Extreme Conditions

Winter Leash The Swivel Shackle



What We Like
  • Available in red, blue, and black

  • Utility pocket with zipper for storage of unused poop bags

  • Internal handle for control

  • Swivel shackle can hold multiple leashes and swivels to reduce tangling

  • No opening at tip of mitt

  • Compatible with most standard nylon leashes

What We Don't Like
  • Leash not included

If you often encounter icy, snowy, or windy conditions–even all 3 at once–during your wintery walks with your dog, then you need a waterproof mitt to keep your hand dry and warm. The Swivel Shackle from Winter Leash features a water repelling exterior fabric and a soft, warm fleece liner on the inside. A reinforced internal handle connects to a built-in swivel shackle. From the shackle, you can connect multiple dog leashes, and the swiveling movement of the connection point helps to deter tangling. The handle to swivel shackle connection is fully encased within the mitt, so you don’t have to worry about moisture or wind slipping inside. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Best For Retractable Leash

DolceDog The Leash Mitten



What We Like
  • Available in black, blue, red, and white

  • Waterproof external fabric with fleece liner

  • Plastic D-ring for attachments

  • Adjustable, elastic drawstring at wrist

  • Compatible with most standard and retractable leashes

What We Don't Like
  • Leash not included

  • Potential for cold conditions to enter the mitt via opening for leash

If you and your dog enjoy the flexibility and length control of a retractable leash, then the Leash Mitten from DocleDog is the one to get. A built-in access point allows most retractable and nylon leashes to be inserted, so you can hold on to the handle of your preferred leash and it will remain inside the mitt. You’ll have the grip and control you are accustomed to while you venture out with your dog. The mitt is made with waterproof fabric and is lined with fleece for protection from the elements. It features an adjustable, elastic drawstring to fit the mitt snuggly around your wrist. However, under wet and windy conditions, a few customers reported experiencing discomfort and wetness through the leash opening at the tip of the mitten.

Price at time of publish: $31