(8 customer reviews)


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.

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 hardware.

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.


Standard top quality bolt snaps are shown. Special hardware or modification is available by request if you’d like to customize your order.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in
Material Color




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

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Mark. S. (verified owner)

    Thank You, exactly what I was looking for.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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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