Make a Comfortable Dog Leash

A comfortable dog leash can take the ouch out of walking your dog! 

We found the comfortable dog leash to be not only strong enough to withstand his lunges, but much gentler on our hands than other types of leashes.

It also worked well as a bicycle leash.

If Comet was indoors, we could control him with his urge to chase cats.

However, he was an opportunist. If he was on leash and saw a cat before we did, there would be sudden lunge in that direction!

Two comfortable leashes with different snaps

Materials for the Comfortable Dog Leash



Any color nylon webbing about eight feet long (2440 mm)

Width to fit the handler's palm between closed fingers and thumb:

  • 1 1/4 inches (32mm) wide for a smaller palm
  • 1 1/2 inches (38mm) wide for a larger palm

A metal snap - different types can be used.

  • Snaps need to have enough room to fold the webbing through one end and be sturdy enough for the dog's lunging force.

We used the wider webbing since Stan has extra large hands and mine are a medium size.

Note: Above items were purchased at a regular hardware store.


Important: Melt webbing ends slightly with a match, lighter or low flame on your gas burner to deter unraveling. Use a wet cloth to prevent burning your fingers when you pinch the ends smooth.


This knot is the same as is used for a necktie.

First step in comfortable dog leash making.
Second step in making the comfortable dog leash.

Steps 1 and 2:  Coming from the left, pull one free end of webbing through about 18 inches (450 mm). Now cross the free end over from right to left, then cross back under from left to right.

Third step in making the knot to attach webbing to the snap for the comfortable dog leash.

Step 3:  Bring the free end up and curl it over.

Note: This loop will tighten as your dog pulls on the leash.

Final step in the knot for the comfortable dog leash.

Step 4: Loop the curled end through and pull everything tight. Leave a little of the free end showing.


This is optional - see reasons below*

  • Fold over the free end of the webbing to leave the size loop you desire
  • Make the leash about 6 feet (1830mm) long if you can
  • Pin the handle in place and try it out by attaching the snap to a stationary object
  • When the handle is where you want it, sew the webbing with matching thread, using the "X-in-the-box" pattern shown in the photo below

* We liked to use the leash for bicycle exercise with Comet. It could be more easily adjusted without a handle.

* Another use was as a substitute for the Whipwhir. We just held the leash by the snap end and use the free end for the chase. The webbing held up admirably through several years with Comet and seemed to dry very quickly too.

If you are simply planning to use the leash for walks, a wider leash lends itself well to customized decoration. Think of things you can glue or sew onto the leash.

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