One of the main advantages of having a leash for your dog is that you are always aware of the dogs’ location during the walk.
But if your dog is constantly breaking the leash or chewing it to pieces you may be fed up of constantly buying new ones.
As you’ve figured out, you can make your own…
There are several methods of making a leash, but I will teach you the one I use to make my paracord leashes.
Since some of my dogs are untrained and tend to run away during our walks, I make paracord leashes for each of them so that I can remain in control during the trek.
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1. Get Some Paracord
This is the primary step for any method you are using to make your leash.
The length of the paracord depends on the size of the leash you want to make.
It’s crucial to have a longer paracord as you may have to repeat from the start if the length of the leash is too small.
When making a regular cobra stitch, you will need a foot of cord for every one inch of the stitch.
I mostly make a 6 feet long leash which uses about 160 feet long lines.
When making a king cobra stitch of the same length, I used 175 feet long cord, hence the importance of having a longer cord at your hand.
2. Gathering Tools
The tools for this project are easy to gather since you don’t need much.
They include; paracord, a pair of scissors, a lighter, a clip, and a tape measure.
3. Cobra and King Cobra
The Cobra stitch is simple, and the king cobra even simpler.
First, you have to determine where your core is since this core indicates how long your leash will be when you are done braiding.
Next, you have to find the middle of the core and then measure how long you want it to be.
The next step is to hitch knot it to the item you are tying it to for firmness.
Finally, you have to take one of its ends and place it over the core living behind a loop.
Continue repeating these steps to get the stitch you want but remember to switch it over every time.
4. The Hitch
I start my leash with a regular hitch knot, and when using a wide clip, I wrap the loop several times then pull it through.
Basic hitches require only wrapping once, but to add more width, you can cover severally just like I do.
It also allows the connection to be very sturdy.
5. The Handle
It’s one of the trickiest parts, and when you figure it out, the leash will turn out to be excellent.
After hitching the cord onto the clip, measure the desired length and loop the cord for the handle.
You then have to take two braiding strands, and instead of braiding them right to the end, you braid them around the bottom where the loop meets the leash.
When doing a king cobra stitch, it’s essential to stitch your way around the handle first.
You can always use hair ties to wrap the cord up if you are using large amounts of cord.
It will highly help you when pulling the bundled cord through the braid instead of pulling 160 feet long.
6) Finishing the Handle
After you are done braiding around the handle, you should come back to your core.
You have to jump back to the original core giving your leash a seamless loop.
This part connects your braid with the handle; hence should display a high level of integrity.
This step tends to take a long time as you have to braid the cord to the end.
Then, you repeat the steps used in making the handle all over the remaining line.
When weaving the bottom, it’s essential to make it as wide as possible by braiding the braid as close as you can since this will be important when doubling back to king cobra.
8. King Cobra Stitch
This step is effortless as it only requires you to turn around the bottom braided clip and use the first cobra stitch as your core.
After turning back up, all you need to do now is weave it back up and make sure to go as close to the clip as possible.
9. Finishing Up
After braiding to the top and around the handle, you have to cut and burn the ends, ensuring that the tip will not slip through.
You Now Have A Paracord Dog Leash
After following all the above tips, it’s time to try out your leash and have a lovely walk with your friend down the streets or even to the park.