Yesterday we went over the basics of making a standard dog leash, but there are other, more customizable options out there. One of those options is a leash with an adjustable, or sliding, wrist loop.
The advantage of a sliding loop is, well, that it slides. Having an adjustable loop is beneficial in that different people can use the same leash comfortably. An added bonus, for me at least as someone with a large dog that sometimes pulls, is that the sliding loop will cinch down on my wrist when there is pulling rather that slide off my wrist entirely, forcing Rover to take me along for the ride so I am not at risk of losing him instead of giving him free license to roam the earth and ignore me.
If you would like a leash with a sliding, adjustable wrist loop, the first step is to acquire a ring of adequate size. You will need to push a folded over section of tied paracord through this ring, so keep that in mind when making your selection. After you\'ve found a ring that will work for you, arm yourself with the length and color paracord you will need to make a leash in your desired length. Remember the one foot per tied inch of finished product rule when measuring and add a couple feet of excess slack to be sure you do not come up short!
To start, find the center of your very, very long piece of paracord and fold it in half. Slide your hardware (collar snap) onto the cord near the middle section and wrap it around the snap a time or two before pulling the slack through the loop in the cord and cinching it down tight. Measure out the length you want your leash to be, figuring in the size of your wrist loop, and slide your metal ring onto the cord from the other end, placing it at end of your length measurement and start tying.
This leash is fairly straight forward in that you simply tie from the ring until you arrive at the collar snap and have no more room for knots. Once this happens, cut your slack and seal with a burn. What you should have is a straight length of leash with a ring at one end and a snap at the other...but what about that adjustable, sliding wrist loop I promised?
Take a section of cord near your ring and fold it in half, then push it through the center of the ring. This is where selecting a large enough ring comes into play as you need this cord to be able to fit. When you push this section of folded, completed leash through the ring, the section that emerges becomes your loop. Simply pull adequate slack through and place your hand in the loop.
The wrist loop is something that can be altered in size or removed completely by pulling the cord through the center of the ring. You can pull more through to make it larger or push it all out to have a solid leash with only a ring at the end. Another bonus to having this adjustable, sliding loop is that this end of the leash could act as a corrective/training (choke) collar in the event of a collar snap malfunction. Alternatively, you could put a ring at each end of this leash instead of using a collar snap so you will have a sliding wrist loop for you and a sliding corrective/training collar for Rover. Do keep in mind that a corrective/training collar can do more harm than good in the wrong hands and use it accordingly, and gently, on Rover. Love your dog and he will love you back!