FIND THE ANCHOR POINTS: Find two trees, posts, or polls high enough so that the rope can run over the heads of most people.The standard strap is 8 feet long which will work on most trees but larger trunks will require you customizing the length of the strap. Adjust the strap so its snug enough not to fall or sag too much. Position the D-ring in the front so that the flat end is against the tree or post. Attach the ratchet to the D-ring. Duplicate the steps for the other anchor point.
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, the Auxilliary Rope Clamp can be used to secure the rope around the anchor point. First, thread the end of the rope through the longer channel of the clamp. Once you wrap the rope around the anchor point, secure it by threading it into the shorter channel and clamping the lever down in the shut position. Don't tighten the line using the clamp. Tree bark is very abrasive and will cause premature wear on the rope. Go to the other end and use the Ratchet to tighten the line. For a small price, this versatile little rope clamp brings a lot of insurance in cases of extra wide anchor points.
ATTACHING HARDWARE TO THE ROPE: Keep the rope from touching the ground by uncoiling it slowly from the bag. This will increase the life of the rope. Thread two rope clamps (keep them in the open position) onto one end of the rope and move them down about two feet. Use four clamps if your plan on attaching two dogs to the track. Thread the end of the rope into the ratchet so that the teeth of the ratchet catch the rope on the other side when pulled back around. As you walk to the other anchor point, let out more rope but keep it taut. Attach the other end of the rope to the other ratchet in the same manner as the other ratchet. Pull tight so the rope becomes very taut.
-------You will have to retighten it the next day and again in a week due to the inherent 3% stretch in all static lines. TIP: Connect a heavy duty bungee between the Ratchet and the Strap (via the D-ring). It only takes a couple of inches of stack for some rope drag to occur. Be patient and eventually the rope will stop dragging so much due to weather, temperature changes, and inherent stretch. The Sky Track not include bungees since many people may already own them. We do sell a 9mm bungee but feel free to use your own. In addition to keeping the rope taut, they also provide some safety stretch to the dog's neck if wearing a collar instead of a harness.
ATTACHING THE PULLEY AND CARABINER: Place the pulley in between the two rope clamps and attach the carabiner to it.
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, poll, etc). Adjust the rope 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.
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 line. This is extremely important when attaching your leash to a collar instead of a harness. We do not recommend using a colar at all.
ACCESSORIES: If you need to lengthen the leash, we sell chain leash extenders which have the added benefit of being chew proof. We also have bungee cords which extend the range while also protecting the dog from whiplash if it were to run away from the line quickly.