Sailor Craft Knots

The Ancient Art of Knot Tying Rewound for Everyday Uses


The Dog Leash

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Can We Teach an Old Dog a New Trick?

     I am not a dog trainer nor a dog whisperer.  I am aware of the tried and true training techniques, and recently have learned new and better ways to handle a well-mannered dog.

 It takes patience to train a dog.  Most of us do not have the time nor the patience so it might be time to call in a professional trainer and make the investment in having a pet that will respond to your commands either via voice or a gentle tug on their leash.  Both of you will be happier.    

Happy Sophia with her new leash

Happy Sophia with her new leash


 Speaking of leashes…one should consider the right leash on the right dog with the right length and under the right conditions.  Take into consideration your comfort and the comfort of the dog as well.  A leash should be light weight, yet strong and durable.  What breed do you have?  Who is walking who? Is the dog walking you or are you walking the dog?

Where do you live… in the country or in the city? Traffic control is an important consideration. If a leash is too long the dog can bolt from you and pull your arm; this is not fun. Nor is it good to wrap six feet of leash around your hand to shorten its length only to have the dog bolt and crush your hand.        

This web site displays a variety of leashes to choose from.  There is double braided line from 1/4-5/8 inches in diameter; also 2 foot traffic leads and traffic slip leads (collar and leash all in one excellent for therapy dogs ).  There are flat Dacron braided leads from 2 to 6 foot lengths.  I now make a double handle leash.  A 6 food leash with an extra handle about 2 feet (24 to 30 inches) from the clip.  You have control and comfort. Longer is never better.  Use a 4 foot leash on a larger dog for more control.  When you make the right choice and have the right leash you and your dog will have many happy days walking together. 

My new country-city made from Dacron features a 6 foot leash with a second handle about 30 inches from the clip.  This allows for better control without winding the leash around your hand.  Dacron has high strength, low stretch, low abrasion.

Now that you have invested in a nice leash take care of it.  Wash your leash by hand soaking in warm soapy water (DO NOT ADD BLEACH) for about 15 minutes and rinse. Air dry outside. 

The Bowline Knot

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The bowline knot  is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. The bowline is sometimes referred as King of the Knots because of its importance. It is one of the four basic maritime knots (the other three are figure-eight knot, reef knot, and clove hitch.  The bowline is often considered one of the most essential knots.