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For expert knotters, it will probably take you less than 15 minutes to make this leash.

For those of you that don't have a clue about knotting, don't worry! These knots are really easy to do!

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Step 1: Tools & Supplies

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You will need; Paracord (or a similar kind style rope) two leash snaps, one O-ring, a measuring tape, a pair of scissors and a lighter.

Remember to preshrink your paracord in hot water. Paracord loses 10% of it's length when it gets wet and when you are walking a dog it IS going to rain at some point.

Step 2: Measuring Your Waist And Paracord

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Loosely measure your waist. This measurement should be comfortable enough to that you can walk, but not loose enough to slide over your hips.

Add your waist measurement to however long you want your leash, in inches. To that number, add a 20 inch allowance for the knotting of the paracord.

My waist was 40 plus 60 for the leash plus 20 for the knots to make a total of 120 inches of paracord.

Step 3: Surgeon's Loop Knot - Part One

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This is the first step for making the "belt" part of the leash. We are going to use the Surgeon's Loop Knot. You can find an animated version of tying this knot here.

Using the measuring tape, measure off your waist measurement PLUS 5 inches. Slide the O-ring thru the paracord to the measurement and fold the rope. Now form aloop in the end of the line

Step 4: Surgeon's Loop Knot - Part Two

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Make an overhand knot with the O-ring.

Step 5: Surgeon's Loop Knot - Part Three

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Make another overhand knot with the O-ring.

Now tighten up the knot that you have made.

Step 6: Adding The First Snap

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You will find that there is a long and short end of paracord. The SHORT end is forming the belt part. Attach the snap to the end of the paracord with the Surgeon's Loop Knot.

Try the belt on for size, making sure that it is comfortable. If it isn't, undo the knots and start over until it is to your liking
zacram131 year ago
dumbest thing i've seen on here

I Absolutely agree!!!

I kind of have to agree, although I probably wouldn't have put it quite that bluntly! This is just not a smart way to handle a large dog. It is a good way to get hurt however.
wolvmarine1 year ago

...or clip the leash to your belt...

bwaldron23 years ago
Great Idea!!
susanrm3 years ago
Nice idea, but single-strand paracord wouldn't work so great for a stronger dog. (Would hurt a lot if it got wrapped around one of your limbs.) Maybe braided or something in that case.