(55 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
  • 8-foot LONG 8×8 version, belt option (add an adjustable ring) and Chew Resistant option are available upon request

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“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”




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8-Way Lead ™ 

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

Our standard 8-Way Lead is six feet long, and 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.

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 width sizes, choose the width when you order.

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.

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.

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.

8×8 LONG 8-foot version ($):

Same features, just longer! Eight-foot long 8×8 Lead makes an 8, 6, 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 dogsMade to order. Select the option to “make it longer” to order this version. 

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 inches 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).

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 (gold color). (Due to hardware shortages there is no additional charge for Silver/Stainless Steel on 1/2″ Tan Leather at this time)

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 hardware (silver color)

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. 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.

Handcrafted in own workshop!

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 1.5 in
Length of Lead

8-way 6ft, 8×8 Longer 8ft version

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

  1. 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.

  2. Melissa

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

  3. 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!!

  4. Patricia

    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

  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,

  6. 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

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