8-Way Lead™ – versatile leather leash (6 or 8 feet long)

BLD’s 8-Way Lead ™ is a multifunctional leash that has 8 different positions, including a hands-free over-the-shoulder option. The leash is approximately 82” from bolt snap to bolt snap (~6.75 feet), can make a 6, 4 ½, & 3 ½-foot lead, and has a floating ring for a slip-collar.

Also available in an eight-foot-long 8×8 Lead! It has the same features as the 8-Way lead, only longer! From bolt snap to bolt snap this leash measures approximately 105” long (~ 8.75 feet) and makes an 8, 6, or 4 1/2-foot lead.

Artisan handcrafted in Colorado, USA!

See description below for more information on the amazing versatility of this leash.

Popular sizes are in-stock and ship in 1-2 business days. Please allow 5-7 business days for made-to-order items!

Due to new limitations in our supplier’s leather processing, the base cost of all 3/8” products have been increased to cover the additional cost of labor needed to continue to provide this size of leather.

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The six foot long 8-Way Lead™ is our most popular leash design. This European style, multi-functional lead is so versatile it’s like having eight leashes in one!

Our standard 8-Way Lead is just over six feet long at approximately 82 inches/208 cm long from bolt snap to bolt snap. It features a bolt snap at each end, 3 fixed rings, and one loose ring. This leash does NOT HAVE A FIXED LOOP HANDLE, rather it has a bolt snap at each end so you can use the leash in any configuration. This means that you can form a loop handle by clipping the bolt snap at the “handle-end” onto the first fixed ring.

Functionality Highlights

  • Can be shortened or lengthened to make a 6, 4 ½, or 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)
  • Dual Control Option: 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
  • Excellent for Schutzhund/protection work, obedience training, service dogs, and everyday use
  • This multi-functional lead can be clipped to a collar or harness, or may be used as a slip-collar for effective yet gentle training

This sturdy lead goes beyond the standard dog leash—be sure to check out the illustrations to see what this leash can do.

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 

There are several options available for you to select from when ordering your new leash:

  • Available with a belt feature: Selecting this option will add an Adjustable Ring and fob to the middle section of the leash to allow the leash to be worn hands-free around the waist.
  •  8×8 version: Same features, just longer! Eight-foot-long 8×8 Lead makes an 8, 6, or 4 1/2-foot lead. When worn hands-free over the shoulder, it’s approximately 6 ft. from your shoulder to the dog. Approximately 105″ from bolt snap to bolt snap, this extra-long lead is designed for tall or larger people and/or short or small breed dogs. Made to order. Select the option “8×8 Longer 8ft version” to order this leash. 
  • Chew Resistant Chain version: This variation is made with a premium stainless-steel chain at the dog-end for dogs that are tempted to bite at their leash. This option replaces the leather at the “dog end” of the leash with 24″ of chain and omits the loose ring feature. If you wish to use the collar feature, simply clip the snap directly to the chain. Made to order. Select the hardware option to “Make with Chew Resistant Chain.” Only available in ¾” wide (19 mm).

Please see the Leather & Hardware Color tab for information on the color options that are available.


The 8-Way Lead™ is always the same length of approximately 82 inches/208cm from bolt snap to bolt snap, making it just over 6 feet long.

Also available in an eight-foot-long 8×8 Lead! It has the same features as the 8-Way lead, only longer! From bolt snap to bolt snap this leash measures approximately 105” long (~ 8.75 feet) and makes an 8, 6, or 4 1/2-foot lead. When worn hands-free over the shoulder, it’s approximately 6 ft. from your shoulder to the dog. This extra-long lead is designed for tall or larger people and/or short or small breed dogs. Made to order. Select the option “8×8 Longer 8ft version” to order this leash. 


There are four different options for the width of the leather:

  • 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)—For larger dogs, size fits well in your hands. 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.

Leather & Hardware Color

Our leather comes in two colors: tan and black.

Our standard leather/hardware color combinations are:

  • Black leather with stainless steel/silver colored hardware
  • Tan leather with brass/gold colored hardware

*If you would like a different leather/hardware color combination, select the option “Make with OTHER Color Hardware”.

*Note: brass hardware can stain white/light coated dogs. Sometimes the oil in dogs’ coats can create tarnish, a harmless chemical reaction

About our 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. 

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO leather is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age. 

Leather care is easy! Don’t worry too much, and don’t be afraid to use your items — we promise leather is incredibly resilient, and regular weather won’t hurt it. If you think your item looks dirty, dry, or just need a little extra love, pouring a little leather conditioner on a cloth, and rubbing it in like lotion will usually do the trick. Baths and a jaunt in the river are just fine, but you might want to offer a little conditioner to your products afterwards. Saltwater can be harsh, so after a visit to the ocean, a good rinse in fresh water and proper conditioning will help preserve and protect your treasured leash or collar. See our Leather Care page for more specific information.

Lifetime Warranty

We stand behind the quality of our products.

All Bold Lead Designs’ handcrafted leather & Brahma products that we make in our workshop are guaranteed against defects in materials and craftsmanship for life!

If your leather lead, Brahma lead, training equipment, or harness ever breaks or is damaged from regular use, simply contact Bold Lead Designs for a replacement or repair at no charge. There is no time limit. This is the best warranty in the industry.

If service is required, please see Warranty Claims & Repair Service below.

Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of covered product only, and does not cover things outside of our control such as chewing, neglect, misuse, normal wear, external trauma, or customer alterations. Bold Lead Designs reserves the right to determine if a repair or replacement is covered by our warranty. Items we don’t make in our workshop, such as accessories and consumable items, are excluded. Note: bldBASICS, any item sold as used or imperfect or marked with a star is excluded from this warranty or guarantee.

Limitation of Damages:

Guarantee/Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of product only. Bold Lead Designs, LLC, or its associates, cannot be responsible for any claims or liabilities beyond the scope of the guarantee. Chewing, neglect and misuse, customer alterations, external trauma, and items marked with a star void all warranties. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. User assumes all responsibility for proper and safe use of product and care of animal. Customer pays for shipping for warranty claims. This warranty is nontransferable.

Have a warranty issue? Need a repair or replacement?

Please contact us first so we can help determine the best way to get you taken care of!

If the product sustained damage under normal use, and is covered under warranty, we will make it right at no charge (just pay for shipping).

Non-warranty repairs and alterations may be available, even for chewing and external damage. Repair costs start at $5 plus shipping. We will provide an accurate quote upon assessing the damage.

What to do: Tell us what product you have and what the issue is. If you can, please email us photos of the damage so that we can determine the best solution (repair, replacement, or something else). Usually we will have you mail the item to us, in which case we ask that you send the item to us with a completed Warranty-Repair Form. Please download, fill it in, print, and include with your return.

All warranty claims and repairs must be accompanied by the form otherwise we won’t know what to do with your item when received. If you don’t have a printer, you may write out all the pertinent information on a paper and include it with the item. Customer is responsible for all related shipping costs.

Reviews (61)

61 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – versatile leather leash (6 or 8 feet long)

  1. mznormann@gmail.com

    My favourite lead!! I had this customized to be 7 feet and it’s the perfect length for me and my service dog. I love having my hands free and having the option of using this in several different ways. I got it initially to use hands free when we go hiking and I’m using trekking poles for balance. It quickly became my favourite and now I use it daily. It’s worth every penny and even after a lot of hard use it’s in great shape. It really shows BLD quality!

  2. shar_k_tooth

    I’ve actually had this leash for over a year and a half and it’s still basically new. Such amazing quality, I love it so much

  3. Karyn Johnston (verified owner)

    I recently received my 8×8 8ft leash in Black Latigo Leather. After using it for a week both in town and up on the trails, I can honestly say am in love with this product. I love how versatile it is, allowing me to wear it around my waist (with the addition of the adjustable o-ring) or over my shoulder and use as a normal leash to train my puppy, but also having the ability to extend it all the way out to its 8 foot length to allow my pup more room on the trails to practice recall and future off-leash trail etiquette.

    I had originally ordered the Atlas leash in the Brahma material to use in the same way, but found it too heavy and cumbersome for what I wanted to use it for. It was a great leash for sure, but just wasn’t exactly what I wanted. After speaking with Nicole and Jeremy on the phone, they patiently and kindly offered their advice and expertise, which helped me settle on this option–and I couldn’t be happier!

    If I weren’t wanting the extra length for hiking, I would definitely want the 6 foot length, because that would fit me and my uses off the trail better, but with the adjustable toggle, the leash can both fit me and have that much more adjustability. (And, let’s be honest…I’ll probably order the 6 foot length someday, too) :-)

    I am a loyal BLD customer now. I love that they guarantee their products, their customer service is incredible, their products are the highest quality I’ve ever seen, and I love that they are woman-owned, made in Colorado. I love BLD!!!

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