How to Hogtie Someone

If you hogtie someone correctly, the person will stand practically no chance of putting up resistance, much less of escaping. All you need to do is tie the person's hands and feet behind their back, and then tie all of these parts together. Just make sure that the person you're tying up has given you permission to do so and that you are easily able to untie her or him in a hurry if need be. See Step 1 to get started.


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    Obtain the consent of the person you intend to tie up. Tying someone up without their consent is illegal. It's important to understand that being hogtied can be quite uncomfortable for long periods of time.
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    At no time should the hogtied person be left alone unsupervised. A rule of thumb is to not leave someone tied up in this position for more than an hour. The bigger or heavier a person is, the shorter he or she will stand a hogtie. Accordingly a rather lightweight person, such as a woman of slender build, can endure a hogtie for quite many hours, some have reported having stayed hogtied over night without any problems. However fatal incidents of full-bodied males are known from police custody. So: keep it safe & sane
    • Periodically check to make sure the person is breathing easily and comfortable, especially if gags or other bondage implements are being used simultaneously. Under no circumstances is a person to be left unattended, if gags should be used. Again: be safe, first and foremost!
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    Tie the person's hands behind their back. Gently bring the person's hands behind their back with the palms facing each other, wrists crossed or palms facing outward. Take the rope and wrap it several times firmly around the persons wrists. Tighten the rope by cinching it firmly between the arms.
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    Optionally tie the person's elbows together gently. Tie right above the elbows pushing them as close together as possible, but tight enough where they won't slip out of place. The degree to which you tie the arms together is up to you, and you can just tie the wrists if you want.
    • At this point, some people also like to secure the person's hands to their waist, though it's not necessary for a basic hogtie. If you want to, this can be done by wrapping rope around the persons waist/stomach like a belt, and pushing the arms down, so they're unable to shift them up or down, then securing the ropes together with an overhand knot.
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    Have the person lie down flat on the ground. Make them comfortable and ensure that they can breathe easily while lying flat on their stomach in the prone position. Again, check periodically to make the person being tied is comfortable.
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    Tie the person's feet together at the ankles. Use the same basic approach you used on the hands and arms, bringing the ankles together, passing rope between the ankles and wrapping each individually, then wrapping them together snugly with the rope.
    • For best performance, make sure the person is not wearing any footwear but remains in bare feet. Taking away the shoes (and socks if any), it will give you further advantage since the ropes will be placed on the bare skin instead of clothing so they won't slip off. It is easier to tie up a barefoot person in general. In case the captive is struggling, you will run lesser risk of getting bruised by a shod kick. (You can also bring a struggling captive quickly under control by simply grasping some of their toes. Chances are, the person will let you finish to tie them up rather compliantly.)
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    On a barefooted person it can also be monitored way more reliably that the blood circulation or nerve pathways will not be cut off by the rope.
    • For this purpose it is recommended to check the tactile sense of the toes and soles at regular intervals during a hogtie, which obviously cannot be performed if the person is wearing shoes or even socks.
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    Use another rope to tie the bare ankles to the wrists behind the back. To finish off the hogtie, first pass a rope through the ankle ropes and the wrist ropes, pulling them together and bringing the ankles up by bending the person's knees. The ideal angle is found, when you stand right in front of the hogtied person and the undersides of their feet are looking right at you if the ankles are relaxed.


  • This is the ideal time to tickle your captive's feet or do whatever you like, as there is nothing they can do to stop you.
  • If you tie the hands with the palms facing outward, your prisoner will feel the most helpless and be in a perfectly defenceless position with virtually no possibility to put up resistance at all.
  • To further intensify the restraining effect you can firmly tie the knees of the victim together with extra rope, waist belt or some form of strap.
  • Use a wider rope, 14 or 38 inch (0.6 or 1.0 cm). Lay 3 - 4 wraps around wrist and ankles to spread pressure over wider area and reduce likelihood of injury. Make sure wrapped strands lay side by side, and don't crossing over each other.
  • If elbows only are tied (not recommended), it will probably slide down arms when tightened to ankles. In this case you may learn to add a chest harness which includes securing over the shoulders. That will stay put.
  • You can add extra rope as desired. Some people like to add another line between the elbows and the feet, tying up the toes or whatever else you want to connect. Experiment with different knots and different orientations if you wish.


  • Being hogtied for any length of time can be extremely uncomfortable or even painful, especially if the ropes are too tight.
  • If handcuffs and leg irons are used, make sure you can draw on professional equipment, as they are designed to avoid severe injuries that likely happen when cheap "toys" are used. If you go with the major brands, you cannot go wrong.

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