Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
(53 customer reviews)


8-Way Lead ™ – a 6 ft. long 8 position leather leash

  • Six foot long, multi-functional leash
  • Approx 82” end to end, bolt snap on each end
  • Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead
  • Floating ring for slip-collar
  • Hands-Free over-the-shoulder leash!
  • 8 positions—you may even discover more

Want to see it in action? Watch a video demonstration of the leash!
See us make this leash live on the morning news! 9 News KUSA, Where in the Town 

“I recently made my first purchase from Bold Lead Designs and I couldn’t be happier. I experienced fantastic customer service and received a beautifully made product. The 8-Way Lead is perfect for my GSD and our active lifestyle. I will definitely be buying from this company again! Thank you very much! — Jordan”



Switch Hardware Color?

Our standard color combinations are:
Tan Leather with Brass (gold) Hardware
Black Leather with Stainless Steel (silver) hardware


8-Way Lead ™ 

The 8-Way Lead ™ is our most popular leash design. This European style, multi-functional, braided leather lead is the most versatile leash available. This leash can do almost anything!

Features a bolt snap at each end, 3 fixed rings, and one loose ring. This leash does NOT HAVE A LOOP HANDLE, rather it has a bolt snap at each end so you can use the leash in any configuration. Available in 4 sizes, choose the width when you order.

Check out the illustrations to see what this leash can do. This super sturdy yet supple lead goes beyond the standard dog leash. This multi-function lead can be clipped to a collar or harness, or may be used as a slip-collar for effective yet gentle training. The lead can be shorted or lengthened at any time: Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead. Excellent as a hands-free leash that can be worn across your body by placing the leash over your shoulder (approximately 4.5 ft. from your shoulder to the dog). For dual control, you can connect one end of the leash to a training collar, and one to the regular collar. Great for use with head collars or harnesses.

Great for Schutzhund/protection work, obedience training, service dogs, and everyday use.

This is the best quality leash you will find anywhere. There is no stitching to come undone or rivets to wear out. We use only the best and most durable leather that is always soft to the touch and only improves with age. All edges are beveled for a smooth feel. Top quality hardware assures strength and durability. We believe so strongly in the quality of our work, we offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

Select Leather:

Our Golden TAN BRIDLE Leather is 100% American vegetable tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, this leather is superior in quality to any other leash you’ve seen. Every leash is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your leash arrives supple and feels great in your hands immediately and only improves with age. The color will darken with use and age. Solid brass hardware.

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select from USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age. We use only the highest quality stainless steel and chrome plated solid brass hardware (silver finish).

Choose Width Size:

Small (3/8” / 7mm. width)—Best for smaller and medium sized dogs. Lighter weight leather is braided at both ends; this narrow width is very secure. Small yet strong hardware.

Medium (1/2” / 11mm. width)—Great for medium sized dogs, yet sturdy enough for larger dogs. Great for people with petite hands, or who prefer a lighter weight leash. Braided at both ends. *Most popular choice!*

Large (5/8” / 14mm. width)—Sized for larger dogs, size fits well in your hands. A good sturdy weight with larger hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.

Extra Large (3/4” / 17mm. width) —Sized for large, giant, and very strong dogs. Great for people who like a big, sturdy leash. Heavy duty hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.


Standard bolt snaps are shown; they are the highest quality and most reliable snaps we’ve found. Special hardware or modification is available by request.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 x 6 x 1.5 in
Leather Color



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53 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – 6 ft. versatile leather leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia (verified owner)

    This was exactly what I needed! I have a service dog and discovered very quickly that holding a leash in one hand and trying to do something else with the other was difficult. Grocery shopping was a biggie but now I can wear this leash over my shoulder and have both hands free. The leather and hardware used is superb. Clasps and rings feel solid, leather is strong but supple and will feel buttery soft and wonderful quickly. Like most dog owners I’ve owned a lot of leashes but I doubt I’ll ever get a leash anywhere else. Trust me they are that good and the customer service is perfect. Recommended to all my dog loving friends.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie (verified owner)

    I own a couple multi-functional leashes and a few leather leashes from other companies, but none of them compare to BLD leads because 1) other leather leashes do become soft but retain the hard edges and surface, but this BLD leash becomes buttery soft and the edges are bevelled 2) though it’s soft, it not only feels strong…it IS strong, and you don’t need a really wide lead to achieve this 3) the multifunctional tool! Well none of the other brands include a slip lead, and none of them have the braids that make it easier to grip. 4) it’s light 5) it’s beautiful, not of cheap leather but quality leather with a rich brown that darkens and and deep black, and for both, the colour is dyed right through, none of this black surface leashes with light brown edges. I love this leash so much, I have several (different size or colours). :) Can’t go wrong.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy (verified owner)

    The trainer in my Teen Basics Class wanted me to use two leads with my bouncy Bearded Collie, one clipped to the front of the harness, one clipped to the back. Then I discovered this option…all in one! I ordered it in the tan. I can use it hands-free for training, or as a 6′ lead or clipped front and back to shorten the length or to provide additional control when he sees a person or dog he wants to see RIGHT NOW. I’ve used BLD’s recommended Bick’s cleaner and protectant on it with great results. It was stiff when it arrived, but soon became butter-soft and easy on my hands. It doesn’t look like it is wearing at all. This was my second lead purchase from BLD, after the standard braided lead, and I am beyond pleased with both.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent leash! I have the golden tan color, and it is very soft, doses not hurt the hands.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judie (verified owner)

    I am currently using my 8 way lead that I had for my service/therapy dog Molly that sadly we lost last October. I am using it on my new rescue cattle dog mix Tikka. The lead is 6 years old and in beautiful shape btw. Tikka has some fear issues and Sunday without warning backed out of her harness after being startled on a busy street. I was able to convert the lead into a slip lead in seconds and secure her until I could settle her down. I have used this one lead for so many different situations I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t buy it!! Thanks again and again!!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I ordered an 8 way lead from you a couple of months ago. Initially it felt awkward to have so much lead in my hand. So I used it occasionally for walks in the neighborhood. Took my service dog to a conference two wks ago and decided to use the new lead. Now I am sold.
    Walked Trent with the leash in half. Although he does a reliable down-stay i could tether him to provide safety.
    But the clencher was going through the buffet line and having both hands free with lead over my shoulder!
    This has become my primary lead.
    Thanks for making a product worth buying.
    Patricia M. and HD Trent II

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mali (verified owner)

    I just wanted to thank you for making going out in public with my service dog so much easier with the 8-way lead! It is perfect for service dogs. When I walk with Percy in stores, he walks at a heel and I can carry armloads of items, a grocery list and pen, push a cart, etc., and I don’t have to hold on to the leash because of the fabulous over-the-shoulder design! Not to mention, the craftsmanship is fabulous. I recently realized I do need a more traditional lead as well and I looked in local pet stores, but I just knew I would never be happy with those leads in comparison…so I have just placed an order for a traditional lead through Bold Lead Designs – as well as a training tab for our agility classes and a quick-release collar! I will try to get quality pictures of Percy in all of his new gear when it arrives, and will send them to along to you.
    Thanks again,

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa S.

    I bought two of your 8-way leads a while back and they are great! I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the craftsmanship and the soft leather materials. I have two large dogs and use the leads over my shoulders to walk them at the same time. I like having two attachments to each dog for safety. I refer folks to you all the time when they ask about the leashes. This is a great product.

    Lisa S.
    Gainesville, FL

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosemary N

    I received the leashes that I ordered & just want to say WOW! Thank you so much. They are beautiful & well made. The leather is not only substantial but supple. I ordered 2 standard 6ft black leads, a brown traffic lead, & a black 8-way lead. The standards will of course be for everyday walks. The traffic is for my very large Anatolian who I like to keep close when I take her into social situations, & the 8-way will be used when I go on transports for various rescue groups. I feel certain that they will be well used & long lived!
    I also appreciate the travel water bowl & 2 key rings you sent along with the order. :)
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve had this leash for a couple of years and still looks brand new thanks to the great quality. The different combinations makes it a great leash for any situation.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terry Sublette

    I’ve had many leashes over the years and some I liked, some I tolerated. After taking in a rehab pup that needed some additional training my trainer showed me her BLD 8 way’s and I really like the feel of them and the versatility (I am a disabled vet with a spinal injury so the “loop around the waist feature REALLY stood out to me as it would help eliminate tugs that put pressure on my back). Now, a month later I have no regrets and have probably told 50 people about the 8 way leads. I doubt I would use other lead again so long as BLD’s keeps making the 8 ways!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sally Hout

    I have several leads from BLD and I can honestly say that I would never purchase a lead anywhere else. I have this lead and several custom leads and I love every one of them. The craftsmanship is top notch and unmatched in any other lead that I have ever had or even looked at. Do not hesitate purchasing a lead from BLD and if you have something different in mind that would be helpful for you and your dog I’m sure that it can be done by BLD!! Thank you again so much for my leads and all your help!!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen P.

    I just got my MSH harness & cape and I absolutely love it!! The quality of workmanship is amazing and I have already gotten many compliments on how good it looks. I’ve also now purchased 4 8-way leashes with the oldest being about 3 yrs ago and it looks as good as the day I received it. I will never buy leashes from anyone but Katrina and Bold Lead Design.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    vicki (verified owner)

    this is my second lead (I am about to buy a third to walk two dogs). I love the quality of the leather and how it ages. With this lead the versatility is excellent!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzan M.

    What an awesome lead! I was fortunate to meet Katrina at the IAADP conference and check out all the wonderful BLD products in person. The leather is of such high quality and the craftsmanship superb. I had this lead customized to 7.5′ so that it could be worn across the shoulder and reach a front clip harness on a dog lying down. I am 5’4″ but needed just a little more length. No problem. Katrina is happy to create something to meet your exact needs.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leigh Novak

    This leash is beautifully made, soft, supple and sturdy. Dog lovers often make comments about it and at least one bought one within a week after seeing mine. I have a 1/2″ width tan one.

    I LOVE this leash – it’s so versatile, allowing my dog 6′ of ‘free roaming space’ or giving me the ability to tether him to my waist when my hands need to tend to something else. Even fashioning into a collar when needed – this is a great leash and should last for many years.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dana and the Namaste Dogs

    By far my favorite leash of all time, and over the years I have been working with my assistance dogs, we have been through at least 3 dozen leashes trying to find the perfect one. The search is over!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen P.

    I have the 8-way 3/8″ leash in tan and love it!! I ordered it over 2 yrs ago and it still looks good. I am getting ready to order a mobility harness and would not order it from any other company. Kudo’s to you Katrina for making such a superior product.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Padgett

    Beautiful and functional lead that is really holding up to years of regular use.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    This leash is fantastic. I ordered the medium width in tan leather. The leather is soft and supple and feels great in my hands. I can use it at all different lengths, or even use it as a double-attach leash, since there is a bolt snap at each end. It gets heavy use, and is still like new, or maybe even better, over a year later. In fact, I like this leash so much I bought a matching one for our other dog, and then another as a spare. I’m spoiled now: this is head-and-shoulders better than any other leash I own. Highly recommended.

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