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Why not celebrate your manliness with mans best friend?! This instructable will show you how to make a tough and durable paracord dog leash for you and your 4-legged friend! Take your pooch hiking, camping, or just outside your house! This leash will hold up in the toughest terrains and in the worse weather, it is truly a great accessory for any outdoorsman, or man, in general! Enjoy
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Step 1: Get Some Paracord!!!!

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The first step in any paracord project, obviously, is to get some paracord :) Now, depending on how long you want your leash will determine how much paracord you need! For a regular cobra stitch, it is about a foot of cord for each inch of stitch, MINUS THE CORE, meaning that for a braided piece of paracord a foot long, you will need approximately 14 feet of cord, 12 for the actual braid, and 2 for the core (since there is usually 2 pieces in the middle). You can never be too careful using paracord, especially for larger projects, so ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use a couple feet extra for the bigger projects. Now, for the king cobra stitch, it's about a foot and a half per inch, since the braid is much larger, but you don't have to account for the core, so don't worry about that. My paracord leash used about 160 feet of cord, since it was a little over 6 feet long, with about a foot and a half of handle, and I did a king cobra stitch. I cut about 175 feet just to be safe, and it was a little too close for comfort. If your piece is too short, you have to start over, and that is not an option when you are braiding this much ;) LETS GET STARTED!!!!
*Above you will see the same type of spool I used, as well as a cobra, and king cobra stitch. For those who are new to paracord, see next step!
Can anyone tell me how much paracord i would need for a 2foot dog leash like this one
evan.grimes902 months ago

This seems awesome and I want to make one for my Australian Cattle Dog but I'm trying to figure out how much I will need. I want to make two colors (black & orange, ORIOLES BABY!) but based on your assumption that for a King Cobra it is 1.5 feet per inch, your 6ft leash with a 1.5 ft handle (7.5ft total) comes out to be 90". So at 1.5 x 90 it comes out to be 135' of paracord needed. How did you come to 160' minimum?

JJ Johnson (author)  evan.grimes901 month ago
Those 'calculations' just assumptions... lol it never hurts to have too much on hand when doing a large project
SparkySolar1 month ago


SparkySolar1 month ago

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.


I use 9 times ( plus a but moe for safety) in Addition to the length of the leash

shelley.gilmore.79 made it!2 months ago

I absolutely love the leash I just finished making for my Amstaff! I used bright blue and orange! Made a matching collar also. Thanks for the pattern! :-)

cisto10 months ago

Thanks for the post. I'm interested in making some stuff with paracord, have seen a bunch of projects like yours I want to try. But your first step, Buy some paracord, has me stumped. Where is the best place to get some? I've seen little pieces of it for sale for kids at walmart, but other than that it's on line. Home Depot didn't even have it.

I buy my paracord at they have so much paracord in so many collars! For a great price!

Amazon sells it in many colors, so does any tactical or army surplus store. Hope this helps. :)

JJ Johnson (author) 9 months ago
I didn't see you say 50", that should be enough
JJ Johnson (author) 9 months ago
That might be enough, and you would just fuse the ends and start weaving from the middle
JigMcFigg9 months ago

I just made a collar using the King Conra stitch, so I am going to make your leash. Just a quick question though. I want to use 2 colors, so if I have 2 80 ft long cords will that be enough to make it? I think so if I am doing a 50" leash, but how would I connect the two colors? Just end one, then backtrack over it with the other?

ffgrizzley11 months ago

Thanks again for this great project turned present. Just finished mine. Made it a little longer since the Dane will have some length on her and I figured they'd might like to get around behind her without stretching. Finished length ended up 71" clip to handle and 80" overall. I gave them a bigger handle so they could get out of it in an emergency. You were correct that 250' would be more than enough. Ended up using little more than 170'. Used a red, white and blue twist design that produced some interesting weave combinations. Tried uploading a pic but it seems to put them in the wrong place. Again, thank you for the guidance.

IrishGod11 months ago

so you said you used about 175 feet, did you only one piece of 550 cord or two? And if someone were to use two what would be the measurements?

boog581611 months ago
Thanks for the info. Was in the NAVY a lifetime ago brings back fond memories.

LOL, called "macnamara's Lace" in my day. (Viet Nam vet)

joshabgvghn11 months ago
Part 2 when the clip wears out you can replace it quickly.
joshabgvghn11 months ago
You could use a type of quick link so wh
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phoe11 months ago
nice idea, but our dog chews through paracord etc. like it's nothing - we need to use a steel lead :-}
JJ Johnson (author) 11 months ago
You guys can email me at
Squash11 months ago
Where do you get your clips? Great project.
anotkokkonen11 months ago
very nice, my only suggestion use a stainless steel quick link at the end so when your clip wears out you don't have to make a new leash.
harley58711 months ago
This is great! We just acquired a doggie who was abused and this would make a nice leash for him. Thank you.
maxom11 months ago
You need a bigger dog for that leash....LOL
JJ Johnson (author) 11 months ago
250 is plenty.. And I just used the standard width
bangerang111 months ago
What paracord think ness did you use 3mm?
ffgrizzley11 months ago
Wow! Awesome leash and project. When I saw it I immediately thought of it for a gift for the daughter and her beau who just bought a Great Dane puppy. Then I read Kiteman's remark and had a laugh. One question on the length figures. You say 14' for the "core" cobra weave then, if I figures it right, another 18' for the King Cobra weave per foot. This correct? So a 6' leash which includes the distance around the handle would use 192'. This is my first major weave project, bought a 250' roll to make sure I have enough.
JJ Johnson (author) 11 months ago
@Arr0gantExp3rt7 what kind of styles? Like bracelets and lanyards and key fobs?
lukish JJ Johnson11 months ago
Just so you know, there's a reply button ;)
JJ Johnson (author) 11 months ago
@darthlively you can email and we can talk more if you would like!
darthlively11 months ago
I think your work here is outstanding! I've been looking for something similar. Have you ever thought about expanding your leash design and creating rifle slings? I'd pay for one! Anyway well done Mr. Johnson
Gomex1911 months ago
DOING THIS. cept dude, thats a tiny dog for a huge leash lol
primosanch11 months ago
Looks real cool.
Can u make one teaching how to do all the styles??
Kiteman11 months ago
I was expecting to see this being attached to a Great Dane, or possibly a bear, so when I got to step 10, I actually laughed out loud.
i was thinking the same thing.
Mil-spec paracord has a breaking strength of 550 lbs per cord. My estimate would be the leash will survive 2,500 lbs of breaking force. The clip will snap long before then.
You could tow an American made vehicle with this (plus with the Americans in it!)
Actually, only the central two strands are load-bearing (see step 4), so, factoring in the loss of effective strength caused by knotting, this will probably take a load of around a thousand pounds, 450kgf.
ok, now im tracking.
bob303011 months ago
Looks like you connected it up to a "Jack Russell" terrier. They pack a ton of power for their size. Beautiful job with the rope. I've always enjoyed tying knots. I think I'll give this a try. Thanks for sharing and posting.