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How to Make Climbing Rope Leashes

If you enjoy rock climbing and dogs, then you may take pleasure in making a dog leash out of a climbing rope. A common way to recycle old ropes among climbing enthusiasts, the homemade leashes are rugged and secure yet still trendy and attractive. Climbing rope leashes are simple to make and are an economical alternative to purchasing a pre-made leash at a store.

  1. Decide the type of rope that you will use. Climbing ropes come in a variety of diameters and strengths. Lightweight diameters, such as nine millimeters are likely best for smaller dogs, or those that are on the gentle side; heavier diameters will be sturdier for larger dogs. Climbing ropes that are stronger contain more stretch. Match the type of rope to the needs of your particular dog.

  2. Cut the rope about 2 feet longer than you want the leash; the rope will be slightly shortened while making the leash. Typically leashes are 3 to 4 feet long; determine if you want to give your dog more or less room to roam while on the leash.

  3. Melt the ends of the leash with a lighter. The heat will bind the ends of the rope and help to prevent fraying.

  4. Tie a double figure 8 knot at each end of the rope; one end will be for the metal D-clip that attaches to your dog’s collar and the other is for your hand. Make sure the end that you will hold contains a large enough hole for your hand to fit.


    Choose a bright colored rope to use for your leash, which will be more reflective when walking your dog at night.


    Use a candle lighter to melt the ends of the leash for safety; the long head on a candle lighter help you to avoid burning your fingers.

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Things Needed

  • Climbing rope
  • Scissors
  • Candle lighter
  • Metal D-Clip

About the Author

Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.

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