Introduction: Paracord Dog Leash

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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

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

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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!


Buggybog (author)2017-11-14

try using bigger rope and try starting it from the clip iv been making these for years and i personally find doing it from the clip to handle is much easier and if u use thicker rope you can get the same look with out makeing 2 passes

namatamago made it! (author)2016-01-13

Made some slight alterations....and 230 +/- ft. later.... tada!

SoniaJ14 (author)namatamago2016-08-16

How did you make this style with the grip a few inches from the clasp i like that i can hold it there or hold it at the end. Please help!!

What I would do is complete the leash as shown in the instructable, then run a separate length of cord through the knots in the finished leash, and do a cobra knot around that.

mireland3 (author)2017-05-30

I was just wondering how flexible the finished leash is? I've seen a few of these where the leash looks like it might be wrapped around a piece of conduit and others that look like they won't stop a stiff breeze. I've got a small Pitbull, she's 60lbs and does well with walking on leash but if she sees a squirrel, everything goes out the window. Thanks in advance.

I've noticed that they can be rather stiff. That's partially because my mentally with Paracord is "the knot can never be too tight". I like to just go back through and flex it both ways several times before knotting it and that usually helps quite a bit. Otherwise, just make the knots a bit looser.

JackieF4 (author)2017-04-06

Can a single cobra due for a 45lb dog?

JaniM4 (author)2016-08-29

ok so little confussed still. so i need 2 different lengths of cord of 160 feet long for a 6 foot long leash. what length is the core gonna be compared to the weaving or outside lengths. do i still bent in middle of cord to attach to clip. so core and outside length will be 80 foot long each of core will be shorter

auttiecat (author)2016-08-13

If you want to be hardcore DIY and have a lot of time, you can make a leash and collar with this type of method. But my dog is not fully domestic and has a lot of muscle. I didn't get him until he was 6 months old, and he still struggles with leash walking. He'll be ok but if he sees a squirrel or anything, he goes nuts and pulls HARD. So I bought top quality harness and leash. Downside is that they're plain. I even decided to shell out big bucks for a designer collar that was camo and studded. Studs all fell out and camo material frayed so much after about a month, that it looked like trash. Solution to dull collars, leashes, even harnesses? Cobra weave over top/around an existing piece! Use the existing leash as your core, otherwise everything is pretty much the same.

aNjaSqurl (author)2016-04-11

Do you have a video for how you did the handle? I was having trouble visualizing what you were doing. I THINK I have an idea but I'm not 100% sure.

roxannaclaiborne93 (author)2016-04-04

planning on making on of these for my new puppy. I ordered the cord off amazon in 2 - 100 ft bundles. Anyone know the best method to fuse the 2 bundles together ? Can I just used a lighter to make them connect ?

Many people will tell you that you can do this, but a stronger way to do it would involve the use of a fid (paracord needle). was going to try to enplane it, but I think this video will do the trick.

ShirleyL15 (author)2016-03-30

Thank you again. This is the exact leash I am doing next. How much would you charge for a leash like this at 8 feet long? Someone wants me to make them one.

ShirleyL15 (author)2016-03-30

Bundling up the paracord like you dud is a great idea. Next time I am doing this. Thank you.

THEE11thHOUR (author)2016-03-26

I laughed out loud when I saw what looks to be a Jack Russell Terrorist on the end.... lets add a triple layer to that King Cobra & make a Python! HAAHAHAHA

They're crafty little guys!!

HMWShipe (author)2015-06-23

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.

NicoleR37 (author)HMWShipe2016-03-07

start on step 4 where it says "the hitch"

creaky (author)HMWShipe2015-09-01

If you have a dog that pulls, a 'gentle leader' helps immensely. If the dog can't deal with the gentle leader, then they make a Gentle Leader easy walk harness harness.

annabeyta (author)HMWShipe2015-09-01

Soak your leash in very hot water. It may shrink. If not, maybe the dryer at hot heat will shrink it.

akagoose (author)HMWShipe2015-07-17

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).

MA108319 (author)2016-02-11

Please help I'm trying to make my first dog leash however when you say 175 feet of cord which I have an I only going to use one at that length? Or do I need to cut two @ 175 feet each? Please someone help me figure this out maybe someone can email so kindly tia MAK

Over The Oxer (author)2016-01-04

This was a awful! You didn't show a picture on how TO START the handle!

Over The Oxer (author)2016-01-04

This was a awful! You didn't show a picture on how TO START the handle!

shanewilley made it! (author)2015-11-26

A+ Instructable

Funky Diver (author)2015-11-25

LOL at the size of the dog at the end, I was expecting a Rotweiller or German Shepherd

SeanD4 (author)2015-11-19

I had like 5000 yards of paracord when I got out of the military. Great gift idea for your friends with dogs!

LandoC (author)2015-09-14

Question for amyone who has done this, i would like to sort of "split" or create a second handle about halfway up the leash for tight situations, how would i go about doing that?

ImTheDoctor (author)LandoC2015-11-19

if you have a small dog, you can just weave the ends of any scrap cord into it where you need it and tie of. May not look perfect but holds up wonderfully. I do this to all my leashes as I have a hyper jumper. If it's puppy of medium, maybe try the round or diamond weave. Large dog that pulls, any weave that's thick and fat. Please, DO NOT strangle your fingers with rope. Thank you!

heather.angus.338 made it! (author)LandoC2015-10-11

if I were you, when setting up my core for the lead, id bend the core so you get a C shape in the lead, then use a bulldog clip to pinch the circle closed. i would then do a core jump when braiding down so instead of briading straight down the line, jump the gap and braied the loop as though your going to go back up the braided area of the lead but instead of going back up the braid continue down towards your trigger hook. hope the picture helps with the shaping of the core.

p.s I used ths method when doing my own version of this leash

dianadfonseca made it! (author)2015-11-08

I actually created other types of paracord leash but this gave me the incentive. Thanks for sharing! :)

Chris Mansfield (author)2015-09-04

This is really cool, I just made one about 2 years ago. If you do backpacking with your dog it's nice because you can make it strong enough to double as your hammock strap.

1523252 (author)2015-08-06

never thought of ''making'' a dog leash out of paracord. i have a dog of my own.

larrystraining made it! (author)2015-04-17

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.

goreclg (author)larrystraining2015-05-17

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

shuttashutta (author)2015-06-10

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..

larrystraining (author)2015-04-25

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

larrystraining (author)2015-04-17

akagoose made it! (author)2015-04-10

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: 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: 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! (author)2015-03-22

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.

smkemp19 (author)ngriffin22015-04-02

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

urbanmx (author)2015-03-01

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.

Lincoln275 (author)2015-02-06

Thanks, great instructable

Lincoln275 (author)2015-02-06

Thanks, great instructable

Lincoln275 (author)2015-02-06

Thanks, great instructable

Lincoln275 (author)2015-02-06

Thanks, great instructable

Lincoln275 (author)2015-02-06

Thanks, great instructable

cisto (author)2014-02-03

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 (author)cisto2015-01-18

tractor supply, in their rope section.

paracord pets (author)cisto2014-06-27

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

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