A secure leash is essential to safe walks. You can buy leashes readymade, or you can purchase a tool called a Fid and make as many secure leashes as you want with some nylon rope. The Fid is a metal hook with an open end into which nylon rope is inserted and another end resembles a knitting needle.
Things You'll Need
- 9 feet of hollow-core nylon rope
- Measuring tape
- Wet cloth
- Heavy-duty bull snap
Cauterize one end of a 9-foot length of hollow-core nylon rope using a lighter. Hold the flame to the end of the nylon rope for only a second or two, and gently pinch the end of the rope together with a wet cloth. Using the cloth will protect your fingers from a possible burn injury.
Measure 18 inches from the end of the cauterized end of the rope and mark it with a dab of toothpaste. The toothpaste will easily wash away when no longer needed.
Thread the cauterized end of the rope into the Fid. When you buy your Fid, make sure your rope fits into it.
Pierce the nylon rope at the toothpaste mark with the pointed end of the Fid. Pull the Fid all the way through, leaving a loop of approximately 8 inches. Wipe the toothpaste away with the wet cloth.
Using the Fid, pierce the nylon rope 2 inches above where your loop meets, in the opposite direction you did in Step 4. Insert the cauterized end of the rope into the Fid and pull it through until the rope is tight.
Using the Fid, pierce the doubled section of the rope just below your loop, in the opposite direction you did in Step 5. Insert the cauterized end of the rope into the Fid and pull it through until the rope is tight. This will lock your rope.
Pierce the hollow part of the rope, about an inch below where your locked knot is, using the Fid. Insert the cauterized end of the rope into the Fid and pull it into the hollow core until the stray end of the rope is completely enclosed in the core. Remove the Fid.
Repeat Step 1 with the other end of the rope.
Repeat steps 2 through 4, leaving 10 inches of rope for your loop. This is the loop you'll be holding as you walk your dog.
Repeat steps 5 through 7. Your end result after this step is a dog leash with a loop at both ends.
Thread the 8-inch loop through the circle of the bull snap. Thread the bull snap back through the loop of the rope and pull tight. Your bull snap should be secure.
Tips & Warnings
- Color coordinate your leash with your dog's collar.
- Keep lighters away from children.
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