FIND THE ANCHOR POINTS: Find two trees, posts, or poles high enough so that the cable can run over the heads of most people.The standard strap is 6 feet long which will work on most trees but larger trunks will require you to get an extra strap to make one 12ft strap. Adjust the strap so its hanging but not falling down. Position the D-ring in the front so that the flat end is against the tree or post. Attach the line tensioner to the strap D-ring of Anchor A. You want as much room as possible for the tensioner to tighten so unscrew the tensioner counter-clockwise so that just one centimeter remains on each screw on the inside. This way, once the cable line is attached, you'll be able to tighten the tensioner.
IF THE TREE IS TOO WIDE FOR THE STRAPS: If the anchor point, such as a trunk of a tree, is too wide to accomodate the size strap you have, you may need another strap in combination to create a 12ft strap. Make sure you measure the circumference of the anchor point before you purchase the Cable Dog Run so you know whether or not you need an extra strap length.
ATTACHING HARDWARE TO THE CABLE: For reference, we have already made a quick loop in the cable when we sent your order. Tighten the bolt nuts on that clamp using a ratchet. On the other end, you will thread one pair of rubber ball cable stoppers and one pair of clamps for each dog. If you have two dogs on one track, use 4 rubber balls and 4 clamps. Therefore, if you have just one dog, then slip the components onto the cable in this order: clamp, ball, ball, clamp. For two dogs, repeat.
ATTACHING THE PULLEY AND CARABINER: Place the pulley onto the cable in between the two ball bumpers and secure it with the carabiner.
ADJUSTING THE ROPE CLAMPS: The clamps will act as stop bumpers for the pulley, restricting movement away from the trees so that the dog does not get wrapped up around the anchor point (tree, post, pole, etc). Adjust the clamps away from the tree: about 4 feet is you're using a 6' leash and longer if you're using a retractable leash. Each environment is different so use your best judgement. Once you are sure about the distance from the anchor points, tighten securely with a ratchet but don't over-tighten. You may need to adjust later.
CREATING THE CABLE LOOP ON THE OTHER SIDE: Once you have finished the following:
1) Secure both straps around your anchor points
2) Attach the line tensioner to one of the strap D-rings and expanded it out to 90% of it's maximum
3) Attach the looped end of the cable to the other end of the line tensioner and secure the cable clamp in place
4) Thread all hardware onto the cable like: rubber balls, clamps, and pulley
Then it's time to create the cable loop on the other side. Remove the bolts and nuts of a clamp and carefully put them in your pocket. Keep your ratchet nearby. Thread the cable through the strap D-ring of Anchor Point B (second tree, etc). Take up as much slack as possible. If you have electrical tape or velcro straps, use them to lash the loop in place while you secure it with the clamp.
TIGHTENING THE STRAP AND TENSIONER: Once the line is attached and all of the hardware is in place, tighten the anchor straps on either side or both sides. Then using a screwdriver, place it in the middle of the tensioner and start winding it clockwise until you see that the screws on both ends start moving toward the middle. Do not over tighten. Use the least amount of tension necessary. You may have to retighten it the next day or week.
ATTACHING THE LEASH: Make sure to use a leash long enough so that the dog can lie down and rest without putting any pressure on the collar or harness. This is extremely important when attaching your leash to a collar instead of a harness. We do not recommend using a colar on a cable line due to the rigid stiff characteristics of cable. Sudden restriction by the bumper clamps can hurt a dog's neck while running.
ACCESSORIES: If you need to lengthen the leash, we sell 6 foot retractable leashes and bungee leashes. We also have leash bungee sections which extend the lateral range while also protecting the dog from whiplash.