Original Rope Dog Lead



Rudder proof!

This is one of the very first products the Atlantic Rancher Company ever made, back in 1995. It came about from sheer necessity: keeping the company’s young chocolate lab, Rudder, under control during civilized occasions. We had tried one of those fancy, spring-loaded retractable leads. Now I know dogs don’t speak English, but the look on Rudder’s face said it all: you’re embarrassing me!

Off we went in search of a manly dog’s-dog lead. And guess what we found after checking out several of those pet superstores? N-o-t-h-i-n’...except little wimpy leashes that are just begging to be chewed through. So, we built our own, in the garage. Made from ⅜” double-braid nylon rope, molded aeronautic-grade composite nylon connectors held together with brass screws and a stainless steel trigger snap at the tag end. Heel, Rudder...heel!


  • Handmade in my garage
  • Length is 6.5’ overall
  • ⅜” double-braid nylon rope
  • ⅝” stainless steel trigger snap
  • Ropeze brand connectors  

The Art of Concealment

Aside from your decoy rigs, shells and a shotgun that aims right and won’t jam…our Leather Wrapped Marsh Flask is a required essential for complementing a full day on the saltmarsh.

And as your garvey skims its way home across the bay, the wind in your face, your beverage of choice keeps neatly concealed in this stainless-steel bunker of a flask, with a durable, duck-boat-drab matte finish. And just out of borrowing distance it stays from those pesky companions who never bring anything nice to share. But you, you will be generous, and you will be kind.

You’ll offer a taste to all, and when they light up with glee, you can say with a smile: “Oh, sorry, it’s all gone...I was just wondering if you wanted some.”

Bastard! they’ll say.

Shipping & Returns


We don’t use a 3rd. fulfillment house to process your order. We pick, pack and ship all orders ourselves from our own warehouse. If we receive your order by 12pm PST, we usually ship it to you that day. Otherwise it will ship on the following business day.

Returns & Refunds

If you aren’t happy with what you’ve purchased from Atlantic Rancher, you may return it to us in like-new condition within 30-days of purchase and we’ll process a refund for the full purchase price of the item(s) being returned.

Returns after the normal 30-day window are for store credit only. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
ZMB (Middletown, US)
Comments: Have had a great experience with Atlantic Rancher. Great products and very personal interaction.
Easton is a Proud Pup

Our 9 week old lab is strutting through town dressed only in his lead. Looks great, is fully functional, and our 11 and 4 year girls love taking it on and off their dog!

Richmond Powers (Lexington, US)
A True Time-tested Original

As an industry leader among the most functionally-fit and design-detailed, Atlantic Rancher products not only wear their soul on their sleeves but lead and deliver proven rugged quality like the good knot described in their motto.

Their Original Rope Dog Lead is “original” for two reasons: Its a true first for the company and is so well constructed as to be deemed worthy of being considered the first original dog lead ever invented.

And like anything done right the first time, Atlantic Rancher’s Lead is incomparable, standing alone amongst the pack.

john sather
Best Dog Lead Ever

Believe me........this IS the best dog lead I have ever had. I have two very large Scottish Deerhounds who need a strong lead. This does the trick. The craftsmanship is amazing. My only wish is that there was a matching collar.

Best leash I've found - super well made!

I bought this as soon as I saw it on the AR website! The quality is seriously unparalleled to anything else I've found on the market. It's lightweight but could hold a seriously strong and large dog. Really comfortable in the hand as well! Really excited to have this leash for a long time.

Marty Mannion
AR Dog Lead

I have had other leashes before. The AR Lead is by far the nicest one I have owned. The construction is very heavy duty. The release clip works easily. All the connections are solid. I have used it on the field hunting and just walking my 7 yr old Lab. There are many copies out there but they are junk compared to this one!