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Game controller dog leash

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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!

 
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Step 1: Materials + controller breakdown

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materials:

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

  • rotary tool
  • scissors
  • Phillips screwdriver
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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

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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

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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

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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.

Indy Dawg1 month ago
That is sooo cool I can't wait to make it. By the way I voted for you

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 J2 months ago
Nice! With some wiring and an electric collar, you could probably control the dog, too.
Kiteman Johnny J2 months ago

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

Or cat noises.

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

http://www.thewoofer.com/

Animal cruelty!

dcalix made it!1 month ago

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

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

patsheldon1 month ago

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

agangwani1 month ago
awesome

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).

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

altomic1 month ago

that's really cool.

Excellent use of the animated .gif - Well Done!

(Fun little project btw, very creative!

criggie1 month ago

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!

MoserLabs1 month ago

Do you know if

up up down down left right left right b a

works with this controller?

mikeasaurus (author)  MoserLabs1 month ago

It replenishes your dog's energy levels!

...it's got my vote!

Nice. I am new here and added a few projects too. I hope I did this right. Your project is cool. I made 9 paper craft projects.
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gcanders2 months ago

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

That's cool!

LownIgnitus2 months ago
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...
KneXtreme2 months ago

Now that's cool!

Misac-kun2 months ago

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

hunter9992 months ago

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

Voted! :-)

supereric2 months ago

Love it!

jmwells2 months ago
I have a mini wiener dog Carleyy might like. What combination makes your dog do a flying front kick? Haha
Bobey2 months ago
Awesome!

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

Jonny1242 months ago
I'm not a big gamer but very cool
hawcrofta2 months ago

Sweet!

Carleyy2 months ago

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

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