Traffic Lead – short leather dog leash/handle

A short leash to keep the dog close, perfect for use in the city and high traffic areas.

  • Designed for large and tall dogs
  • Also great for goats!
  • Excellent alternative to a long leash
  • Several size variations available
  • Lifetime Warranty

Out of stock items will be made to order, allow 3-5 business days for items made to order.



Change Hardware Color?

Standard is: TAN with BRASS (gold)
or BLACK with STAINLESS STEEL (silver)
To change, check the box below. (Please allow additional time for your leash to be made-to-order.)

Traffic Lead
Use this Traffic Lead for heeling or walking a big dog in public. The short length allows direct control over the dog when a long leash is just too much. There are many other ways this short lead used…attached to a collar or harness it is just the right length to walk comfortably without getting tangled in a long leash. Attach to a dog’s backpack and use it as a handle to balance while hiking up a hill. Popular for use with Service Dogs in harness when only a short lead is necessary. Also makes a great handle for a coupler when walking multiple dogs.

This is the best quality dog 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.

Choose style and length: (approximate overall length)

Simple Loop style: 12″ overall length

Short Leash style with braided handle: 18″ or 24″


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. 18 & 22″ lengths are braided at both ends.

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. Crafted with screw posts at the “dog end” of the lead for durability.

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.

Modifications are possible! Just let us know what you’d like. Need different hardware? Click below.

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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 (8)

8 reviews for Traffic Lead – short leather dog leash/handle

  1. sarahfarsad (verified owner)

    I have the 22 inch leash and it’s great for city walking. My dog is close and has a little room which is perfect for walking manhattan. I got the x large width and I love it – the leather feels sturdy and it’s not stiff at all. I have several products from Bold and I use the leashes and collars for different occasions and even weather! These are the best dog leashes you will ever find!!!

  2. Jennifer (verified owner)

    I love mine! I had it for almost two years and no issues. My dog can be a little bit of a grumpy growler so this is great to keep him close in these types of situation. Most of the time I use this in conjunction with the working dog lead. On numerous occasion I get complimented on his loose leash walk and I contribute it to the training we did on this little leash.

  3. Ginger

    Oh my goodness, my new traffic lead is amazing! This product went totally above and beyond my expectations! After I first got it I just wanted to hold it forever, it was that cool. Super sturdy for even the strongest dogs. I have a 60 lbs Lab, Plott hound, shepherd mix and this is waaayyy better than my last leash! Amazing quality and got here within 3 days of ordering! From now on I am buying everything from Bold Lead Designs!

  4. 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!

  5. Mark. S. (verified owner)

    Thank You, exactly what I was looking for.

  6. Scott (verified owner)

    This is our second leash from bold leads and again the quality is amazing. You won’t find a better leash than any on this site. This leash is great for keeping the dog close in busy situations or while running etc.
    Thanks Katrina!!

  7. Ashleigh

    I had a friend surprise me with the 20″ black short lead as a birthday gift. Though I’m not usually a fan of braids, I’ll make an exception for this lead- the leather is strong enough to stand up to what I put it through, even without screw posts.

    This is really nice for some of the larger dogs I work with, so I don’t have to deal with a bulky full sized lead during our training sessions.

  8. Sarah

    I have the 12′ loop handle, XL width, in the tan leather. This loop lead is FANTASTIC. My great dane is so tall that I do not always have to use my ‘Big Dog Lead’ – especially when he’s having a terrible toddler day! The Loop is so strong and can withstand any amount of his crazy jumping and leaping. I also love to use it simultaneously with his Big Dog Lead, for those times when he spots a kitty across the road, or another energetic dog. I now dont have to worry about his lead slipping through my fingers because he’s so strong! Thank you Katrina!

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