Hey guys! Today I am sharing a really simple 'How To' DIY tutorial on how to make your own long dog leash (for walking and training etc). Its crazy simple, minimal sewing involved, and costs less than $20 (NZ). See how below..
The first thing you need to do is source materials. These should be readily available in your local hardware store or outdoor store. I bought mine at Bivouac NZ - see their rope and tape collection below.
I bought the thick red tape called 'Beal 26mm tubular tape' which was $4 a lineal metre, because I wanted something that wasn't going to knot easily and wasn't going to dig in to my hand if my dog pulled suddenly (dogs are fun aren't they?).. I bought 4m ($16 worth), but you could make it as long or short as you like, depending on what you want to use it for.
Start by folding over both ends of the tape, allowing enough of a tail to sew two rectangles (with a cross to strengthen them). The first loop needs plenty of room for your hand, 25 - 30cm in total should be plenty to fold over. The other end can have much less space since it is for holding a carabiner or clip, 15 - 20cm should be suffice.
Make sure your rectangles are really strong by sewing over them multiple times (at least 3 or 4). I have just used one rectangle in the leash I made earlier, and it is plenty strong for holding my boisterous dog.
Add a loop about a metre from one end for holding when you are walking normally. It should allow a decent amount of slack when the dog is walking nicely beside you, and not drag on the ground. One simple rectangle and cross should be sufficient here.
So it should now look like this: with two loops at each end, and a loop close to one end for holding while dog walking..
Add a carabiner to one end to attach to the dogs collar - mine is a cheap, non climbing quickdraw carabiner (from Macpac), but you could easily use a screwgate carabiner, or regular clip from the hardware store if you are worried that it might come undone, although mine never has!
The Finished Product:
This is the simple dog leash I made several months ago, and it has been amazing - super strong, soft on your hands, and easy to manage. Its soft enough to stay on her when she is running about on the beach if I want to be able to easily collect her if I need to..
You can see the rectangles with crosses I have used below. I sewed only one of these for each of my connections, but I recommend two at each end just in case one should fail.
My dog Juniper (or June) below with her walking harness and long leash that I made using the above tutorial methods. Having a leash this length means I can cut her lots of slack if i need to, and its perfect for training to stay or come.
And its come with us on many trips out and about - here we are in Kaikoura below. You can check out the full trip here. It has been an incredibly versatile lead to have on hand!
Thanks for visiting! I hope this tutorial was useful!