Introduction: Game Controller Dog Leash

Picture of Game Controller Dog Leash
Controlling your dog has never been so easy! Simply plug your pup into this paracord leash, and let the Xbox 360 controller do the rest. Move up, down, left, and right with the joysticks. Fire missiles and magical spells with your triggers, access the dogwalking menu by hitting select, or hold down the Xbox button to reset or turn off your dog.

The vibrating "rumble" capability has been replaced with a far more practical "doggy poop bag" function. Though this leash is completely functional paracord may not be suitable as a leash for larger dogs.

Get ready to enter the Konami code and take your dog walking to the next level!

Step 1: Materials + Controller Breakdown

Picture of Materials + Controller Breakdown

  • console controller
  • black paracord
  • heat shrink tubing
  • roll of dog waste bags    

  • rotary tool
  • scissors
  • Phillips screwdriver

I used a broken XBOX controller for my dog leash. There were 7 screws on the underside holding the controller together, with one hiding under sticker.

When all screws are removed the controller can be easily pried apart.

Step 2: Remove Vibration Motors

Picture of Remove Vibration Motors

This controller had 2 vibration motors. These were removed to make space for the dog waste bags, they also made the controller much lighter.

These motors were plugged into the controller board and were easily unplugged. I saved these motors for use on a future project.

Step 3: Size Waste Bag Area

Picture of Size Waste Bag Area

To fit the dog waste bags inside the controller some of the internals would need to be removed.

I found these dog waste bags at my local pet store. They usually come in small rolls and are inexpensive.

Step 4: Cut Controller Board

Picture of Cut Controller Board

The bags almost fit inside the controller, but the controller board would need to be modified to accommodate the bags. Using a rotary tool with a cutting wheel a portion of the controller board was removed.

Step 5: Carve Internal Partitions Out

Picture of Carve Internal Partitions Out

Using a conical carving bit on a rotary tool the internal fins and partitions were removed from controller cavity to allow the height and length of the waste bags.

Switching back to the cutting wheel on the rotary tool, a slit was cut through the controller on the bottom of the controller. This is where end of the bag roll would be fed through for dispensing.

Step 6: Paracord Leash

Picture of Paracord Leash

To attach the paracord leash to the controller a loop was sewn into one end of the paracord. The loop was then wrapped around the connecting points for the two halves of the controller. When the controller is reassembled and screwed together, this loop will be firmly wrapped inside the controller.

On the other end of the paracord a small portion of heat shrink tubing was threaded, then the rope end was tied in a knot to form a loop. The heat shrink is placed over the tail of the knotted end and secured in place with a heat gun or soldering iron.

Step 7: Assemble

Picture of Assemble

The controller can now be reassembled.

  • Place the waste bags inside controller and feed the roll end through slit
  • place leash loop around controller connection posts
  • install controller board over leash loop
  • add remainder of controller housing
  • replace controller top, screw back together

Step 8: Take Control

Picture of Take Control

Connect a carabiner from the dog leash to your dog's collar, and you're all set!

You'll have waste bags when you need them conveniently tucked inside the controller, and if things get out of control you can always push the "paws" button.

Have you made your own controller dog leash? I want to see it!
Share a picture of your version of this project in the comments below and be awarded a 3-month Pro Membership on and a digital patch.

3-month Pro Memberships remaining: 10 / 10


offseid (author)2016-10-07

Very cool!!! Love it!

Fathomlis (author)2016-10-07

Haha! Awesome, a really unique dog leash!

Igioteno (author)2015-07-21


daner girl 16 (author)2014-09-19

I don,t like it I love it :)

botoole91 (author)2014-06-07

amazing 0.0

Indy Dawg (author)2014-03-18

That is sooo cool I can't wait to make it. By the way I voted for you

thirtytwoutside (author)2014-03-09

Mr. Saurus, I would like to inform you that I used this leash to take my roommate's dog out for a short walk. So she could potty.

(the dog, not my roommate).

No sh*t?!

Kidding. I'm a fan of dry humour. I'm still blown away by the photo of the dog on the leash. It really looks like the dog is part of the control. Reset, reset!!

Johnny J (author)2014-02-21

Nice! With some wiring and an electric collar, you could probably control the dog, too.

Kiteman (author)Johnny J2014-02-22

Speakers in tbe dog-collar to play video game sound effects.

Or cat noises.

CobyUnger (author)Kiteman2014-03-06

I met a guy a while back who makes such a thing.

hunter999 (author)Johnny J2014-02-22

Animal cruelty!

dcalix made it! (author)2014-03-02

Didn't have any paracord so I improvised till I stop at the store..

piggybankcowboy (author)2014-02-26

Maybe attach an adjustable wrist lanyard (probably paracord, too), just in case you've got a more, well, 'energetic' dog, haha.

patsheldon (author)2014-02-26

So very creative! I don't dare make it, I think I'd mess it up and my dog would start playing me instead. lol

agangwani (author)2014-02-26


acrylicsplashbacks (author)2014-02-26

Terrible idea! Now anytime you want to play Xbox the dog gets over excited and you have to take it out for a walk! Although there is double side to it if you lose your controller! (I actually love the idea).

kyle brinkerhoff (author)2014-02-25

hey do you still have the controllers old cable? if so ill pay you to mail it to me

altomic (author)2014-02-24

that's really cool.

dougstrickland (author)2014-02-24

Excellent use of the animated .gif - Well Done!

(Fun little project btw, very creative!

criggie (author)2014-02-23

use a dog clip. They close positively, whereas cheap keyring carabiner only have a small spring. Plus a good lunge will bend them.

I prefer the loop around my wrist, rather than relying on the fingers to hold him back. from those moments of SUDDENLY, CAT!

MoserLabs (author)2014-02-23

Do you know if

up up down down left right left right b a

works with this controller?

mikeasaurus (author)MoserLabs2014-02-23

It replenishes your dog's energy levels!

MoserLabs (author)mikeasaurus2014-02-23's got my vote!

gcanders (author)2014-02-22

Great way to meet girls who like dogs and video games.

sandroknexmaster (author)2014-02-22

That's cool!

LownIgnitus (author)2014-02-22

do a simple braid with the cord abd the cord itself would survive almost anything a large dog would throw at it. but would require a much sturdier handle then a few screws in plastic...

KneXtreme (author)2014-02-22

Now that's cool!

Misac-kun (author)2014-02-22

I would Love to do it. but i got only one controller. Hehe :\. May be a PS2 controller.

hunter999 (author)2014-02-22

Awesome as always Mike! Well documented with clear photos.#

Voted! :-)

supereric (author)2014-02-22

Love it!

jmwells (author)2014-02-21

I have a mini wiener dog Carleyy might like. What combination makes your dog do a flying front kick? Haha

Bobey (author)2014-02-21


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-21

Your stuff always leaves so many thinking clouds over my head, it is amazing :D. Thank you mike.

Jonny124 (author)2014-02-21

I'm not a big gamer but very cool

hawcrofta (author)2014-02-21


Carleyy (author)2014-02-21

I like everything about this! I need a dog to go with that leash!

About This Instructable




Bio: I'm Mike and I make crazy things at Instructables HQ in San Francisco. Follow me and try a few of my projects for yourself!
More by mikeasaurus:Router Planer10 MORE Woodworking Tricks the Pros UseSliced Wood Coasters
Add instructable to: