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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!

Step 2: Cobra and King Cobra

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The cobra stitch is relatively simple, and the king cobra even more simple. First, there needs to be a 'core', and the core dictates how long your braid will be. The first step is to find the middle of your piece, and measure how long it needs to be, and hitch knot it to whatever you are tying to, in this case, the hook for the end of the leash. You then take one end, place it over the core leaving a slight loop, then take the other piece, go over the first piece, but UNDER the core, and up through the loop. To get the stitch you want, you repeat those steps, but switch over every time. There are plenty of online tutorials if you needs some in depth explaining :) for the king cobra, you simply double back over the cobra, using it as your core, giving it the extra size and strength.

Step 3: Tools

You don't need much, just the standard stuff for a paracord project!
-Tape Measure
-Time :)

Step 4: The Hitch

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To start my leash, I just did a regular hitch knot, but because the clip is very wide, as well as the king cobra stitch, I wrapped the loop around several times, and pulled it through. A basic hitch wraps once around and through, but to add the width you just wrap a little extra!! The reason for this type of hitch is to allow the connection to be very sturdy and not slide around, as you will see later. I tied a piece of scrap cord around the end by my hitch just to keep it in place during the process *The blue prusik knot in the picture is just an example of the different variations in hitch knots that you can use

Step 5: The Handle/Cord Management

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The handle is the trickiest part of this instructable, but if you can figure it out, the rest is cake and it will look awesome. After I hitched the cord onto the clip, and measured out my desired length, I made a loop with the paracord for the handle. It is tricky to start, but theoretically simple. After I made the loop, what I did to make the handle is "core jump".. What I did was take the 2 braiding strands and instead of braiding them right on to the end, I began braiding them around the bottom where the loop met the leash. By doing this, the handle was secured for the rest of the braiding. After I "core jumped", I just cobra stitched my way around THE HANDLE FIRST! This is an important step when you come back with the king cobra stitch. **Note** when working with large amounts of paracord like this, I found it best to wrap the paracord up and put a couple hair ties or rubber bands around it (hair ties work best because of their cloth covering, allowing the paracord to slide out relatively easy compared to a rubber band). By doing this, you will only have to pull the bundled paracord through your braids instead of 70-80 feet at a time<----- this step is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, as it will save you hours.

Step 6: Finishing the First Step of the Handle

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After braiding around the handle, you will come back around to the original core, the one which is about 5 1/2 feet long in my case. Here, you will simply "core jump" back to the long piece, giving it a somewhat seamless loop in the braid. This step is important because it adds a level of "integrity" in the strength of the leash by making the handle one piece with the leash. ***FYI, this leash is made out of one solid piece of paracord, giving it a ridiculous amount of strength

Step 7: Braid Braid Braid!

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Now after you get past the handle, the only thing to do is braid that cord all the way down! I suggest watching a movie or something, as this part takes a little while. As you notice how the handle is formed, remember that we will be going back over it all, making it look even cooler! As you near the bottom, it is best to braid AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN to the clip, making it as wide as you can, since when we double back and make the king cobra, it will be close to even. This part is easy, and we are half way done!!!

Step 8: The King Cobra

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The king cobra stitch is extremely simple, especially after using the regular, peasant cobra (LOL). All you do, after braiding up to the clip and as wide as possible, you simply turn around and use the first cobra stitch as your core! It is important that you go as close to the clip as possible, securing that connection so that the leash won't rotate and twist and whatnot. After turning around, you just braid all the way back up!! We are on the homestretch!!

Step 9: Finishing Up

After braiding all the way back up to where the handle begins to forms, it is time to finish up! Once you reach this point, you can just pick a side of the handle to braid and go all the way around. After reaching the point where the long part of the leash starts, it is time to cut and burn the ends :) just pull that thing tight, cut it close, and make sure the end aren't going to slip through! We are done!

Step 10: Lastly, Thank You

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Now that we are finished with the sweet leash, it is time to enjoy it with your pup! The leash is shown restraining a vicious Jack Russell, but it was made for a friend with bigger dogs, haha. I am entering this instructable into several contests, and your votes would be APPRECIATED! Leashes like this are unique, durable, and quite the masculine accessory for anyone who wants to keep a handle on their dog! Thank you very much Instructable family!
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HMWShipe1 month ago

Hello all. I have a question that I hope the community can help me with. I recently made the collar in the picture but it soon became stretched. I tied it as tight as I possibly could but the "links" have loosened and the fused end has been stretched. My dog is a serious puller! Does anyone have any suggestions about how to prevent such stretching in the future? I am looking at making her a new collar and a leash but I want these to be able to keep her safe. In it's current condition, she can get out of this one. Any solutions are greatly appreciated.

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Do a Google search for "king cobra paracord collar" and follow instructions for that type of weave. Also do a few more loops around the metal D rings (see step 4 above).

larrystraining made it!3 months ago

I made an 8' version, matching collar, and bracelet (for me). Great directions. I have been sharing it with everyone.


Do you have a good description on how exactly the braid
starts? I'm trying to visualize how i start creating the handle first
and having a hard time.. This instruction set doesn't show the very
first knot/braid.. Your leash looks excellent! I'm hoping to start this project soon but I can't figure out the beginning, and any other instructions show the leash being made entirely different. I like this one the best.

How many foot of each color did u use for the leash

Does anyone have a few more pictures to detail how exactly the braid starts? I'm trying to visualize how i start creating the handle first and having a hard time.. This instruction set doesn't show the very first knot/braid..

Here is Hank showing off the leash and collar I made using this pattern.

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akagoose made it!3 months ago

By following and slightly modifying your instructions, I made a two dog leash (I truly could not have pulled this off without your tutorial so I thank you so much). The King Cobra end goes to my pittie, and the Cobra end goes to my doxie...It took a while to figure out your hitch knot onto the clip, but after a few tries I got it (a step by step on that would be helpful). I fused two 100' strands (abyss and brown from paracordplanet on amazon) using the "manny method" seen here: http://www.paracordguild.com/how-to-join-paracord-manny-method/ and made the center point be at the first larger brass clip (which using your double hitch knot is cool because the stress pulls the cord on itself instead of pulling on the ends). Then I started braiding at the loop handle, like you show, but once I made it down to 36" up from the clip, I ran the two strands 36" over to a smaller brass clip, and connected that one using this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s099egQw3bM Then I regular Cobra weaved back to the main core, did a core jump, then braided down to the main large clip, did one more wrap around the clip (I think you skipped doing that, but I felt it added a little extra tension strength) and then did the King Cobra stitch back up to the start of the loop, and ended it there...I like the loop having the smaller Cobra weave because I actually don't normally hold the leash there, that part just wraps over my wrist so it's more comfortable not being really thick. Here are some photos, thanks again.

ngriffin2 made it!4 months ago
I didn't have enough to do a double cobra down the length of it so I did the handle only. it works out it's for a lemon beagle anyway.

i have a lemon beagle mix named rosebud and yours looks AMAZING want to do this project with the matching collars and leashes for all 5 of my little babies

urbanmx5 months ago

I've made a few things with parachord and want to try a leash. Thank you. I had a laugh when I got to the end and...........well I thought your dog would be bigger.

Lincoln2755 months ago
Thanks, great instructable
Lincoln2755 months ago
Thanks, great instructable
Lincoln2755 months ago
Thanks, great instructable
Lincoln2755 months ago
Thanks, great instructable
Lincoln2755 months ago
Thanks, great instructable
cisto1 year 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.

jbooher1 cisto6 months ago

tractor supply, in their rope section.

I buy my paracord at www.paracordgalaxy.com 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. :)

jbooher16 months ago

So you come back down w/the King Cobra using the same cord, correct?

I'm really, honestly, making this right now (neon pink). That's why I'm asking these types of questions. If I'm irritating you, just tell me and I will stop asking lol.

jbooher16 months ago

I'm lost :(

koalagod6 months ago

Really dig this! I adopted a dog (renamed him Boba Fett), and he pulls really hard during his leash training, I've been looking for a decent paracord leash and I just found it!

What diameter of paracord do you use for leashes?

paracord is usually measured in poundage not diameter. there are 3 common paracord pounds that is 125, 550, and 1000. 550 is the most common of the 3 to be used. so i am guessing 550 is the cord he used. 1000 pound is the stiffest of them all and has the least color combinations. so 550 is your best choice. and 550 is easy to find. Micheals craft store, jo-ann fabric, most hunting stores but where i get my cord it is decently priced is Menards. you can also easily find cord online.

tj.bohanan7 months ago
Can anyone tell me how much paracord i would need for a 2foot dog leash like this one

well if you are making a 2 foot dog leash then you would take the inches (24) and multiply by the a the by a foot so 24x1= 24 feet of cord. simple math. to be safe do 25 or 26 feet. so it you were to do a 6 foot leash you would multiply 6x12 that is 72 inches. 72x1 72 feet of cord. that is for the cobra stitch. for the king cobra do everything the same but multiply by 2 at the end. so a 2 foot leash would be 48 ft and a 6 ft leash would be 144ft but then you have to factor in the cord running down the middle which is what the stitch is stitched around. the cord would be going in the middle for both. so a 6ft leash would use about 150 (in this instructables case 160.) so you always want to have extra cord. so in conclusion for a 2 foot leash you want 26 feet in general and i would recommend adding 3-4 more feet and having to use 30 feet for a 2 foot leash.

evan.grimes909 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.grimes909 months ago
Those 'calculations' just assumptions... lol it never hurts to have too much on hand when doing a large project
SparkySolar9 months ago


SparkySolar9 months 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!10 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! :-)

JJ Johnson (author) 1 year ago
I didn't see you say 50", that should be enough
JJ Johnson (author) 1 year ago
That might be enough, and you would just fuse the ends and start weaving from the middle
JigMcFigg1 year 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?

ffgrizzley1 year 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.

IrishGod1 year 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?

boog58161 year 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)

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