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Camping … picnics … a trip to the park or the beach … even just hanging out in your own back yard. Whenever you’re kicking back outdoors with your dog, a zip line is the perfect accessory to make your time together more fun!
Keeping Ty and Buster safe, and abiding by the rules of many of the places we visit, means that the boys spend a lot of time on-leash. Though we’re always out exploring new territory, life at the end of a six foot tether – anchored to a person with a mind of her own about our direction of travel – may not provide the dogs with a satisfying sense of freedom.
To give the boys more room to wander when we’re at a campground, we devised an inexpensive doggy zip line!
The zip line has a lot of advantages over the tie-outs that are often used to keep dogs from wandering off.
First, you don’t spend all of your time untangling your dogs from each other, the picnic table, or whatever stick, tree, or anthill they manage to wrap themselves around.
Second, you’ll never have that sickening feeling in your gut as you watch your dog hit the end of their unforgiving cable tie-out at a dead run, nearly decapitating himself.
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We chose a rope with a smooth cover, which makes it comfortable to handle, and also has a bit of stretch for some shock absorbency to protect the dogs from a harsh stop.
The knot tying was handled expertly by my Eagle Scout husband – he made quick work of the two bowline knots that we needed to attach the spring clasps to the rope. After passing the raw ends of the rope though a flame to melt the fibers and keep them from unraveling – SHAZAM – we were done!
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The most difficult part of making your zip line will be deciding how long it should be.
Since we have two dogs, we decided on a 50 foot line, which give us plenty of length to attach it at each end, wrap the middle around a tree, picnic table, or post (whatever’s handy), and then create a second run to the other end.
Wrapping the rope around the middle tree gives each of the boys their own space and helps keep them from getting tangled around each other. In the picture below we’ve used three trees, and Ty is on the shorter run, while Buster has a little more space to explore.
Dogs should not be attached to the zip line by their collar, because it could choke them if they became tangled. We use Buster and Ty’s harnesses, which have a loop on the back to connect the leash. The final step is to slip a heavy-weight carabiner through the leash handle and snap it on the line, then sit back and relax! Just remember not to leave your pal unattended on the zip line.
Have your tried a zip line with your pets? Please share your experience in the comments below!
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