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Old 08-05-2011, 09:43 PM
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Would paracord serve as a decent dog leash? I kno there are dog leashes woven out of paracord but i dont want to spend a long time slaving over the thing, i want it to be about 20 feet long. Basically im just wondering if 1 single strand of paracord will last as a leash for a full grown Golden Retriever.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:22 PM
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There is some stretch in paracord so a single strand may not be the best for a dog leash. I prefer more control and use a leather leash (6 foot max) for mine. I have a Husky and a Lab and they tend to pull when they see a small furry animal. Of course I live in the suburbs close in to a city. One day the Husky lit out after a squirrel and was in the road before I new it. He almost got hit by a car coming around the corner. Just something to consider when thinking of the length of your leash.
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decided to go ahead and braid 3 cords instead of just tying off the line... pretty strong. and i used a buntline hitch to attach each line to the collar clip, never seen that hitch fail before. so it should work fine
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use it in braided form for better grip and strength. make sure the ends are fully secure where the snap and handle go. I put several knots in a long line at about 5 ft intervals for ease of holding while walking the dog. doesn't slip through you hands much. I will say if the dog is a puller this should be used with gloves on though, braided paracord ripped through your hands will leave a heck of a rope burn! nice thing is if it gets dirty you can just throw it in the washer or a bucket of suds to clean.
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I have seen/used rope type paracord leads, but they do have a problem they do have a tendency to give you blisters on the hands if you have a puller.

I use a harness and collar combination while using a double ended (clip) police type leash (cheap on Uk Ebay). You can also use the lead clipped to or around the waist which is ideal if you run a lot with the dogs.

Iv also used retractable leads which are pretty good but bulky to carry on the hands.

You can get special long lines, if you want to do tracking, but Iv never seen one of these personally so cant say what they are like.
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Some dogs are surprisingly strong...Strong enough to break free from chain, But true 550 cord with lets say 3 braided strands should be more than enough for a decently behaved dog. I personally prefer a custom lead with an extra handle near the dog, just for that extra control, for if/when someone tries to go after me or in a crowd.
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I was sitting here bored 2 nights ago and made a leash. It is about 4 1/2 ft long. I just used a cobra stitch. It seems to work pretty good so far.
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I have a Rot and Pitbull mix he is very friendly but loves to chew it lasted about 2 minutes.
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Originally Posted by lilangel View Post
I was sitting here bored 2 nights ago and made a leash. It is about 4 1/2 ft long. I just used a cobra stitch. It seems to work pretty good so far.
Holy shnikes!! You made a 4'6" leash with a cobra stitch?? Was that a 50' length you used?

When I make braclets, I usually figure 1 foot per inch.

How long did it take to make your leash?? With my tying board, I can do a cobra stitch bracelet, 10" long in about 3 minutes.
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just fold it over and tie a loop.... no more rope burn
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use a running square knot
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paracord would do well in a pinch but i wouldn't trust it as a long term leash (the dog could easily chew through and the constant snaps of a strong animal would break it down quicked then you realize.
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I used about 2.5 meters of climbing rope for my dog lead (900kg static). I'm not wasting time doing 8 feet of cobra stitch for my dog. Took me three hours to do a king cobra strap for my EDC bag using about 30 meters of paracord. At least it won't end up stinking of wet dog.
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Braid 3 strands together should work. No need for a tight cobra or anything.
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A month or so ago, I made a paracord leash for my dog. It's around 25 feet long and uses two strands of 50 foot paracord. I used a large carabiner for the handle and a large clip on the end for the collar. So far, it's working great. I'll upload pix of it, if you'd like.


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