How To: Build a dragon leash!

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How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:39 am

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If you've got an adventurous dragon, but you're worried that he'll get away and hide under the shed... Fear no longer, for I have, the dragon leash!

You can buy something very similar, the TRex Lizard leash, but having owned one, I've discovered they're not ideal for our dragon friends. The nature of their rough scales pulls the cord and creates little loops that snag - not too comfy. Ideal for smooth scales like skinks and anoles though, especially the soft, easy to cut to size leather.

I noticed Tsam had outgrown his leash in the last month (as it's winter, I don't take them walkies outdoors see.) and so I'll remake it for you guys to study.

If you're going to make a Dragon Leash, you'll need about 2 meters of good silk or material ribbon. Never use the plasticky stuff you get for wrapping flowers or presents with, it has sharp edges. You can even use bootlaces if it's a bit of an emergency.

First of all, you'll need to tie two permanent loops into it. Tie one at the end. Then, holding one in the middle of your dragons back, loop it under his arm and over his other shoulder. Where it lands in the middle of his chest, you need to put the other loop.
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Your ribbon should now look like this, with two permanent loop knots tied into it.
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Take your ribbon, put it back how you had it to measure it, make sure the knot is in the middle of his chest. If it's not, retie it. If it is, flip the long end over his head, and loosely thread it through the loop.
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At this point I had to swap dragons, he was antsying and wanted to go to the toilet. (He's now bobbing proudly at the massive green hued results. He likes basil, what can I say?) Ky thankfully is an old pro at this, so was happy to help. Once you've looped it through, loop it through the final loop, the one that goes on his/her back. You will end up with this shape.
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Hold the tops of the loops, so the middle X knot touches the floor and gently insert lizard.
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The front should look like this: (bear in mind this one's a little big for Ky, but it's easy to resize)
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Gently fidget the loops until it fits comfortably. Bear in mind, if your dragon is sneaky like Ky, they will puff up and as soon as you're not fussing, relax and wiggle out of the remaining space. (Anyone whom has saddled a horse will know EXACTLY what I mean!)
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There you go, one lizard leash! Great for roaming around in fields, walking in town, even going to the pub!
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby nesta's mommy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:26 am

very cool!!
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:35 am

Thanks! If anyone gives it a whirl, stick up a pic! I'll find the bright pink one with silly coloured feathers at some point. I use that one when T'sam has misbehaved and I want to keep an eye on him. *smirk*
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby LunaFierce » Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:29 pm

Brilliant! I'll have to find some sexy color for Helix so that we can show off at the Farmer's Market this summer.... hmmm, mabe I can find an outfit that matches her leash and I can be like those creepy dog people!!!!!! only I got the cooler pet, nah-nah :P
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:12 am

You can also plait different colours of thinner ribbon to create truly custom matches! Because it's a fabric ribbon, you can sew things on it, but be warned that sequins and little bells do look tasty! (We have lots of fun from a big jingly on a string)
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby RioReptiles » Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:55 am

How old does your beardie have to be to go to the Pub??
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:58 pm

Well, 8 months old onwards seems to be the accepted for a lick of wine or beer. (Also big enough and calm enough to keep better control of too!)

I'm also looking to develop a new version in soft leathers and suedes, but I'll let you know how that comes along.
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby jacqui778 » Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:51 pm

Do you think yarn would work for this? Or no?
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:22 am

You might find yarn is a bit tangly and could snag on scales, not dangerous but can be difficult to unknot your lizard - might be worth trying if it's a tight twist though. If you do try it, give us a photo! :D *thinks* You could wax it if it's particularly fluffy...

Also, strong leather thongs (laces, NOT underwear!) work very well, but remember to seal the knots tightly as they can (and do) slip loose.
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby Alix1378 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:09 am

figured since its go outside time an paying 10-20$ for a leash out of the question if help out an give this a bump for every one :D
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:26 am

Thnx!
My pair are chuffed to be back out in the garden, I sling one leash round the bottom of my mini greenhouse and one on the fencepost - that way they can enjoy their favourite parts of the garden and eat their favourite plants!
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby Alix1378 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:02 am

lol ya i dont have ribbon stuff at the time but next time i get to walmart im gonna go buy some :D an try it out cuz dino is too small for the leashes they sell :(
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:05 am

That's the great thing about this design - it's adaptable for any size lizard!
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby landoflor » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:32 pm

this is a great idea ^^ its nice to see so much imaganation here on this site. cant wait to go to town and by some ribbon
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Re: How To: Build a dragon leash!

Postby TheDragonKeepers » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:30 am

Good luck with it - I have great success with most sized animals - even gerbils!
It certainly keeps a little more control over my wilful Kyle - Tsam's very laid back, but when Kyle wants to go look at something, she's going to look at it. (She's currently footling around under my bed!)
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