We do make our own dog leashes. There are a number of reasons. We can choose the color of the leash we want. We can make the length of the leash any size to fit our many training and working situations. We can customize the handle and type of hasp we use to connect to our dogs collars.
Making a leash does not take any particular skill. On a scale of 1-10 in terms of difficulty I would give it a 2.
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
1/2" polypropylene rope in your desired color ( Menards/Home Depot etc.)
Swivel hasp to attach to the dogs collar
Heat shrink tubing 1-1/8" (electrical aisle) 6" long
Kitchen stove top burner / heat gun
|2.) Remove the shrink tubing and cut it in half
|2.a.) Your rope ends will look like this.
|4.) Turn on your exhaust fan above your stove.
Take each end of the rope and hold it over your oven burner
until it starts to melt and catches a small flame.
|5.) The melted ends should look like this. It will stop your
rope from fraying at the ends. Let them cool for a couple minutes.
If you touch them you will get melted polypropylene on your hand
and it will not come off until it cools. OUCH!
|6.) We use these swivel hasps. They are cheap and durable.
|7.) Slip your hasp onto the rope and leave about
4 inches exposed to secure it in place.
|8.) Using electrical tape, tightly wind it around both
strands of rope to secure the hasp in place.
|9.) Wrap the tape around tightly about 3 times
It should be just short of the length of shrink
tubing that is on your rope.
|10) Slide the Shrink tube up the rope to cover the
electrical tape up.
|16.) Slide the Shrink tubing up to the handle and cover the
electrical tape. Then proceed to the burner as we did above
and shrink the tubing using the heat from the burner.
Again, let it cool and do not touch the shrink tube!
17.) You now have a completed, customized dog leash!
Now you can take your dog for a walk and when someone asks "Hey where did you get that nice leash ?"
You can brag and say I did it myself!
COSMO AND SPARKY SAY "ENJOY YOUR LEASH BY
TAKING YOUR DOG FOR A WALK!"