Whether you are camping, picnicking or spending the afternoon in the park, having a zip line for your dog protects it and makes the time you spend together even more relaxing and fun!
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Keeping our dog safe and following the rules of many of the places we visit means that Miles spends a lot of time on a leash. Although we are always exploring new places, life at the end of a six-foot relationship doesn’t give him much freedom. So to give Miles more room to wander while we’re camping, we made a cheap zip line for our dog!
Zip Line vs. Tie-Out
The zip line has many advantages over cable ties, which people often use to prevent dogs from wandering.
First, jumping every two minutes to untangle your dog is not done with a zipper line. If you have a dog that constantly wraps its tie around the picnic table, the column of the tent, the trees and its chair, you know how impossible it is to relax with these manipulations that happen!
Second, you will never again be afraid to watch your dog tighten until the end of his uncompromising cable connection. The postal line has more of a gift and protects pets from injury.
Third, the zip-line will not stumble you when you stumble around the campfire in the dark!
Materials and installation
All you need to make a zip line for your dog is a nylon rope and two spring clasps. Every hardware store will have these materials or you can order them online for about fifteen dollars.
We chose a rope with a smooth lid, which makes it easy to handle when we put it on and take it off. It also has a slight stretch for some shock absorption to prevent Miles from stopping abruptly.
Rod uses his Eagle Scout skills to handle knotting. He quickly made the two knots, attaching the spring clasps to the ends of the rope.
Melting the fibers by passing the raw ends of the rope, although the flame prevents them from unraveling. And – SHAZAM – the postal line is ready for action!
Solve the length
The hardest part of creating your zip line will be deciding how long it should be.
We decided on a 50-foot line that gives Miles plenty of room to explore. And because having too much is better than not enough.
This length also gives us more flexibility if we are camping with several anchor points. If we do not have trees, we can attach one end to the ladder at the back of our car home and the other to the table or picnic stand.
Zip Line Setup
Before zippering your dog in a park or campsite, check the rules to make sure they allow the rope to be wrapped around the trees. Also, placing a 1 to 2 inch strip between the tree and the rope will help protect the trees with soft bark. Nails and screws should not be attached to the wood when placing a zipper line.
It takes about five minutes to set up our zip code. In the photo below, we wrapped one end of the rope around a tree and attached the spring clasp to the rope. Then, keeping the rope taught, we passed the rope to another tree, circling the tree as many times as necessary to pick up the loose one before attaching the spring clasp back to the rope.
The rope is set high enough to simply give Miles the ability to lie down comfortably. Giving him enough leeway prevents him from gaining too much speed and pulling at the end of his leash if he decides to chase a gopher or hook a squirrel for his money.
We also use a zip line for dogs when our campsites have a ramada. It is easy to wrap the line around two poles and click the ends back on the rope.
One post office for two dogs
When we still had Ty and Buster, we made separate tracks for each dog on the zip line.
We wrapped the rope around the first tree and fastened the spring clasp back to the rope. We would then make a full pass around a second tree, creating the first part of the zip line, where Ty is attached to the photo below. Then we wrapped the rope around a third tree and fastened the spring clasp back to the rope. This created the second cycle of the zip line, where Buster is attached to the photo below. Giving the boys their own space prevented them from becoming entangled around each other!
Connecting Dogs A Zip Line
Pets should never be attached to a zip line from their collar, as this can choke them if tangled. When on a zipper, Miles wears a belt that has a loop on the back to attach the strap. The last step is to pass a heavy carabiner through the handle of the strap and click it on the rope.
What is “heavy” enough for your carabiners? It depends on your dog! Mass times speed = force. So if you have a 50-pound dog and it can accelerate to 5 miles per hour on the zip line, a caribbean valued at 250 pounds should suffice. Again, it is best to make a mistake in terms of safety.
Put the bowl of water on your puppy in an easily accessible place and you’re done! Just remember never to leave your boyfriend unattended on the zipper.
Have you tried zip line with your pets? Please share your experience in the comments below!
What you will need for your dog Zip Line: (Affiliates)
Nylon rope – 50 feet
Two spring clasps
2 greyhounds without handles or belts in front
Heavy carabiner (1 for each dog)
Leash on your dog
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