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13 years

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Y Knot Rope Tack

began in

March, 2007.

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​​​​​​​​​​Unique Trim ~ Leather Accessories

Custom Orders

Rope Halters, Lead Ropes, Long Lines,

Reins, Sticks & Strings, Hackamores,

​ Headstalls, Mecates & More

Checklist for ordering a Slip Leash
total length

2. color of rope

3. stopper knot placement (you can move it when you get your leash, if needed)

4. color of sliding ring knot, if any

5. size of hand loop - standard or other size

6. additional customization, if any

I can make collars in any size and leashes in any length. The standard slip collar will fit a variety of dogs but I can make it a certain size if needed. Same for the slip leash. The minimum length for a regular leash depends on the diameter of rope - the splicing requires a certain amount of rope for each size.  There is no maximum - I have made 30'+ lines for dogs.  Since I make most collars and leashes as they are ordered, you can get exactly what you want.

When ordering, please tell me the total length that you want.  I count the total length from end to end of the slip collar or leash - including the snap, if any, and all the way to the end of the hand loop.  The standard size hand loop has about a 6" inside diameter (see picture below). I can make it larger to accomodate gloves or larger hands or I can make it smaller.  Since this is a handmade product, I cannot guarantee the collar/leash will be exactly a certain length but it will be within about an inch or so.  I measure carefully when tying knots and count strands when splicing, but sometimes things end up just a bit longer or shorter. 

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This is a simple, economical collar/leash combination -- slide the loop over the dog's head and you have a choke collar with the leash attached.

My neice who is a dog breeder loves these!

I make this style with the 1/4" rope using double overhand knots (same knots as a rope halter).  Nothing is spliced - which keeps the cost down. I can make the collar end eye with or without a sliding ring knot.  The sliding knot will give you options on the amount of "slip".

I can make the slip leash any length but the standard size is 5' total length which will give you about a 20" collar and 3' leash - great for a large dog. The same slip leash on a smaller dog will give you a longer leash.  

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I tie an additional "stopper knot" in the collar section so you can set how much "slip" you want the leash to have.  You can loosen this knot, slide the rope through it, then re-tighten it wherever you want it. With the knot close to the end, you will have a choke collar.  You can place the knot farther from the end to set a limit on how tight the leash will slip. 
The knot will become permanent after a few hard pulls so set it where you want it fairly soon.

On the style with the sliding ring knot in the collar end eye, you can open the eye far enough to go over the stopper knot and choose if you want a choke collar or non-choke collar without having to move the stopper knot. 

Price for 5' standard length +/- $.40/ft for other length

$6.50 no sliding knot in collar loop end

$10.50 with sliding knot in collar loop end

medium bolt snaps

Custom Trim and Custom Products

Rope is great for dog leashes and collars too!

I make most items for dogs with the soft double braid  - in 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2".  I have a few "standard" products but I have made a lot of custom items for dogs.  I have even made training sticks for herding dogs!  As with my other tack, you can get the plain and simple version or customize with braided trim.

This is very similar to the slip leash but obviously shorter.  I can also add a brass or stainless steel ring at the end for easy attachment of a leash.  I can make it any size - just measure your dog's neck and I will make the collar accordingly.

Not recommended to leave on your dog all the time due to choking hazard if the collar gets caught on something.

Price: add $ .50 for additional brass or stainless steel ring at leash end

$5.00 no sliding knot in loop end
$9.00 with sliding knot in loop end

Checklist for ordering Slip Collar
total length

2. color of rope

3. stopper knot placement (you can move it when you get your collar, if needed)

4. color of sliding ring knot, if any

5. ring at leash end - yes or no

  • if yes - stainless steel or brass

6. additional customization, if any

Slip Collar

This leash is the style that you would use with a collar that has a ring where you attach the snap. It has a spliced hand loop on one end and a snap on the other - refer to the hardware section above for types of  snaps and splices available. I can make a regular leash with 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" diameter rope in any length.  Minimum length will depend on the type of splice for the snap end and the diameter of the rope.

30' long line with hand loop

  • 1/4" rope, medium nickel bolt snap
  • Snap attached on eye splice so it is removable

1/4" Double Braid Polyester

This is the rope I use to make the slip collars and slip leashes. Also a good choice for regular leashes for smaller dogs and for longer lines. 

Solid Colors:

Black, Tan, Brown, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Blue, Purple, Red, Neon Orange, Yellow, Neon Green, Coral Pink, Silver Gray, Navy

Multi Colors:

Rainbow, TurquoiseSB, Twilight (blue, purple, navy)

1/8" Braiding Cord

For any custom braiding

Black, Tan, Brown, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Blue,  Purple, Red, Neon Orange, Yellow, Neon Green, Coral Pink, Silver Gray, Navy, Turquoise, White, Kelly Green

Three Section Long Line

  • Handler end is made with 1/2" rope so it is more comfortable to hold.  Hand loop on one end, eye splice on other end to attach other section.
  • Dog end is made with 1/4" rope. Medium bolt snaps are attached on regular eye splices (splicing is done before the knots are tied to create the loop for attaching middle section)
  • Middle section is made with 1/4" rope.  Eye splice on both ends to attach to other pieces

Can be used without the center section. Handler end can be attached directly to Dog end for a shorter leash.

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Checklist for ordering a Regular Leash
1. total length - including snap and hand loop

2. size of hand loop - standard or other size

3. diameter of rope

4. color of rope

5. type of snap

  • permanent
  • on eye splice
  • ​on flat braid splice

6. additional customization, if any

Flat braid splice (core of the rope is removed, a simple eye splice is made). Usually only on custom items.

  • advantage: no restrictions on length - can make shorter leash 
  • can splice snap in permanently or attach with eye spliced loop (flat braid eye splice makes smaller "lump")
  • ​disadvantage: splice is not as strong as a full double braid splice - usually not a problem with dog items but will depend on intended use of the product

For regular leashes, long lines and other custom orders, you will probably want a snap for easy attachment to the collar.  I can splice the snap in permantly or attach it on an eye spliced loop using full double braid splicing - same price for either one.  I can also make a flat braid eye splice (without the core).  Each option has advantages and disadvantages.

Scroll down the page past the rope and hardware options for descriptions and prices of standard items and some custom items that I have made.  I don't show every possibility but this will give you an idea of the options available and the likely price range.  You can also browse through the other pages on the website - if you see something I make for horses that you want to adapt for a dog, I can probably do that.  Just let me know what you want and I'll make it for you if possible. 

standard size hand loop

Permanent attachment (full double braid eye splice is made around the snap ring) 

  • ​advantage: smooth, slim profile; strong splice
  • disadvantage: if the snap ever breaks, the rope must be repliced with a new snap to be useable


Rope Options for Dog Products

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​​3/8" Double Braid Polyester

The same type of rope as the 1/4" double braid polyester – just a bigger diameter.  For regular leashes, long lines and custom items.

Solid color: black only

Regular Leash

Braiding Cord Options for Dog Products



Bolt Snap options:

  • lightweight large size, nickel
  • medium size snap, large ring, nickel or brass (for eye splice attachment on 1/2" rope)
  • medium size snap, small ring, nickel or brass (for 1/4" and 3/8" rope and permanent attachment on 1/2" rope)

Slip Leash

Choke Collar

  • 1/4" stiff cord for main section with extra knots
  • 1/4" soft rope for section with ring

1" and 3/4" rings in brass or stainless steel

(for collars, custom items)

I can add custom trim to collars and leashes.  Please visit the custom trim pages for halters and for reins to see the possibilities.  Not all options will be available for collars or leashes.  I can also make custom items.  Call or email to discuss details and pricing.

Below are a few samples of custom dog products I have made. 

Solid:  Black, Tan, Brown, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Blue, Purple, Red, Neon Orange,
Neon Green, Coral Pink


Rainbow (blue, purple, red, neon orange, yellow, neon green)

TurquoiseSB (with silver gray and black flecks)


Silverado (silver gray, burgundy, hunter green, navy)

Twilight (blue, purple, navy)

1/2" Double Braid Polyester

This makes a great regular leash for larger dogs.  It is comfortable in your hand and easy to hold onto.

For regular leashes and custom items.

Removable attachment on an eye spliced loop (rope is eye spliced using regular method then looped through/around the snap ring)

  • advantage: easy to replace a broken snap or switch to something different; strong splice
  • disadvantage: makes a bulky connection - looping through snap ring makes a lump (the larger the rope diameter, the bigger the lump)

You can choose any of the snaps and rings I carry but the "horse size" snaps will probably be too large and heavy for most dog items.  The most common hardware items used on dog products are medium size bolt snaps and small rings. I don't think I have made any dog leashes with scissor snaps, but that is an option as well.

Go to the About the Hardware page for more information on these and all the snaps and hardware I carry.


for a 6' leash with medium snap

(add or subtract the per/foot price for different lengths)

1/4" rope:  $15.50  +/- $.40/ft

3/8" rope:  $22.75  +/- $.75/ft

1/2" rope:  $26.50  +/- $1.00/ft

Snap Attachment and Hardware Options

Leash with double end snaps.

  • 1/2" rope, medium brass bolt snaps
  • Snaps are permanently spliced in with flat braid splices due to short length from fork of leash.
  • ​Longer section to be used as backup connection

... I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live

when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. 

I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13  GW

Slip Leash with pineapple knots braided over the double overhand knots.