Leather Tracking Lead – a LONG custom leather dog leash

Simple, functional, beautiful. Professional quality for the most demanding handlers and scenarios, backed by our famous Lifetime Warranty. Designed for search & rescue and K-9 applications, BLD’s custom Tracking Leads are perfect everyday walks, training, playing, hunting, canine nose work, or other working dog tasks requiring a premium quality leather lead.

  • Custom made to order
  • Choice of leather width
  • Choice of hardware and assembly method
  • NO stitching to unravel, NO cheap rivets to fail
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Hand crafted in our Aurora, CO workshop

Feel free to make special requests! We’ll work with you to be sure you have the perfect leash to meet your needs, indicate your preferences, and we’ll touch base if we have questions or to recommend the best way to construct the leash for reliability. You’re always welcome to call if you’d like to discuss. More details below, keep scrolling.

Leather straps are limited in length due to the nature of this natural material; multiple straps are required to make this product. (If you need a continuous length with no splices, see our  Brahma Leads here)

Made to order! Allow 5-7 business days for creation. 




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 flexible and only improves with age. All edges are beveled for a smooth feel. Top quality hardware assures strength and durability. We are so confident that this is the last one you will ever need, we offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

We will make this leash to your specifications! Choose the hardware color, handle style, assembly style, and make other notes to customize your leash. We can use screw posts (no braids–on larger widths), and even omit the loop handle if you like at no charge. Feel free to call if you’d like to discuss in person.

  • For the handle end, indicate if you’d like a regular handle loop fastened with a braid (standard option if not specified), screw posts, or NO handle at all. You can add a ring to the handle if you desire.
  • Tracking Leads are made with a splice. Since the length of a single leather strap is limited by the length of a leather hide. In most cases, we splice the leather at 5-6 foot increments
  • Braided splice is standard, as shown, and is the strongest option. If you have a specific location you’d like the splices, let us know (braided splices make excellent grips or distance gauges).
  • Larger widths (L 5/8″ & XL 3/4″) are made with screw posts at the dog end for durability. Braids are used at other splice points. You can request no braids if you prefer screw posts.
  • Smaller widths (S 3/8″ & M 1/2″) are always braided at the ends and splices.

Handcrafted in own workshop!

Choose Width Size:

Small (3/8” / 7mm. width)—Best for smaller and medium sized dogs. Braided at both ends; this narrow width is very secure. Small yet strong hardware. (ONLY available with braids)

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. HEAVY WEIGHT option is available in TAN by request if you need a monster leash.

Heavy Duty 1″ wide — a monster leash. Seriously, It’s gigantic and super heavy. Select XL then upgrade to the 1″ wide option for $10 more. ONLY made with screw posts for durability. (Braids not available on this size.)

(Looking for a continuous length or a longer lead? Checkout our Brahma Leads here.

Leather & Hardware Color

Our leather comes in two colors: tan and black.

Our standard leather/hardware color combinations are:

  • Black leather with stainless steel hardware.
  • Tan leather with brass hardware.

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

Read more about our leather color options below:

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 D-ring and brass plated buckle.

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. Chrome plated solid brass D-ring and nickel-plated buckle.

Hardware Options:

Bolt snaps, as shown, are the most reliable hardware we’ve found for this XXL leash. Choose solid brass or stainless steel.

Our exclusive swivel Shackle Snap is now available! See details here. 

Alternate hardware is available for the XL 3/4″ width if desired. Sorry, no other hardware selections available for the XXL 1″ width. 

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 (7)

7 reviews for Leather Tracking Lead – a LONG custom leather dog leash

  1. Roger

    I had special requests for a trailing lead. After exchanging several emails the order was finalized. In a few days I received a photo of my completed lead. I immediately noticed that the wrong clasp was installed. Before I could note the error it was recognized and immediately corrected.
    In a few days I took delivery of my 10 meter trailing lead. It was a work of art and spoke quality. After being able to use it in several training sessions I was convinced I made the right choice in Bold Lead Designs.
    It was a pleasure work with the design staff. Their input was valuable, informative and appropriate. I have made an investment in a quality item that will last my lifetime. I will not hesitate to contact Bold Lead Designs as future needs arise.

  2. sarahfarsad (verified owner)

    I love my new lead – I have the 20 foot lead for a sweet but super strong shepherd pit bull mix and I can’t wait to go on our early morning walks with it to train by the Hudson River! I have purchased several leashes, collars and now this lead and am happy with everything I have received. thanks so much! sarah

  3. Elizabeth Y (verified owner)

    Hi there!
    I just wanted to let you know that I received my 2 tracking leads last week. I absolutely love them! I’ve tried them in 2 of my scent detection classes and they are by far the nicest leads I’ve ever used! I see a few more orders in my future…

    So thanks again for making such a great product!
    Elizabeth Y

  4. Jill Pinder and Eli (verified owner)

    I bought this lead to use in nosework with my GSD. I had an 8 foot lead made for summer nosework . The construction is spot on the leather is soft and supple and it feels great in my hands . I would recommend this to anyone working with dogs.

  5. Laura, Karim & Murdock (verified owner)

    We absolutely love our original leather lease purchased some months back;
    Tracking Lead – a LONG leather leash
    Long Length : 15 ft (450 cm), spliced,
    Leather Color: Black Latigo Leather,
    Size/Width: XL 3/4″ / 17mm

    It´s incredibly strong and sturdy, extremely durable for our long walks in the woods, fields & mountains in all different kinds of weather with our Great Dane, Murdock.

  6. Gerry P (verified owner)

    Thank you very much for your shipment. The quality of your leash is excellent. Our 4 year old golden Oakleigh instantly adapted to her new lead. We look forward to many years of great utility.
    Thanks again for a great product.

  7. Barbara K. (verified owner)

    Katrina, I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE my leather tracking leash that I recently purchased from you. I use a longer leash for the sport of canine nosework & this is perfect. I appreciated the difference in handling my dogs with your leash immediately. It’s light, soft, & beautifully made. I also was very impressed with the customer service I received – that is getting a call & e-mail from you that helped with my order. I will definitely be keeping your website in my favorites. Thank you again!

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