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Sky Track Dog Run, Portable

rope line, up to 3 dogs

Unit Price: $98.95

Regular Price: $104.95

Special Price $98.95

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Tested for durability and safety, the Rover Roamer Sky Track maximizes your pets roaming area in many outdoor situations and environments. Great for camping but also very useful for behavior management for chewing, digging, and runaway dogs. The system is easily modified for up to three dogs. See diagram images. Use a third anchor to create a V-configuration or 4 points to create three separate lines.

The Sky Track performs well in all weather but its strength lies in its portability function, making it perfect for camping, outdoor events, travel, front yards, etc. But if you're looking for a permanent system, we also offer a totally customizable Cable Edition Dog Run for fenceless yards and ranches.

The standard Sky Track Kit contains 50 feet of 8.5mm Nightline1 pulley, 1 carabiner2x 6ft metal buckle straps (2" width), 2 ratches, 2 bumpers, 1 Neck-Safe Bungee Segment, 1 rope clamp, 1 Line Tensioner (for lengths over 80 ft) and a gear bag that can be carried around the waist or shoulder.

The rope length determines the track length, customizable to 500 feet. The pulley allows for smooth movement; the carabiner connects the pulley to the dog leash; each strap wraps around an anchor point. The ratchets tighten the line from both sides; the two bumpers create a safe distance from the anchor points to prevent leash and dog from wrapping around the tree or post; the rope clamp functions both to wrap the line around large trees or as a back-up bumper, and the Line Tensioner keeps the line taut at all times.


Rope Length and Strap Length: For any rope length over 100', you may want to use a bungee between the ratchet and the strap to keep the rope taut at all times. Add rope length if you need to wrap the rope around a large trunk or have multiple dogs. The 6ft straps can accommodate trees under 2 ft in diameter. Add an extra strap and connect them together to make a 12 ft strap, and so on. Girthier tree trunks like old pines and redwoods may require you to wrap the rope around the tree and secure it with the Rope Clamp, which offers extra dual functions as both a replacement line bumper/clamp and ratchet. Great insurance for a small price.

TIP: When you have two large trees, use the extra Rope Clamp to secure the line around one tree, then combine the two 6' straps together to make one 12' strap to accomodate the other tree.

How many dogs on 1 line? Dogs separated on one line requires an additional set of hardware (pulley, carabiner, 2 rope clamp/bumpers). However, to save space along a short line, you could use the Bungee Leash & Convertible Coupler to function as a coupler (two dogs on one leash). They could interract without getting tangled up.

Lateral Roaming: This affects how much lateral movement the dog enjoys on each side of the line. Because the line is usually placed overhead, a shorter leash may not be long enough to reach the ground. Our heavy duty 6-foot retractable leashes are the perfect length for any aerial dog run, recommended for medium or less active breeds. For larger, more active breeds, the Bungee Leash & Convertible Coupler is recommended. Of course, you can always just use your own leash in combination with the included Neck-Safe Bungee Segment.

Visit our Accessories Page to complete the system with leashes, harnesses, and pet supplies. Visit our problem-solving page for any concerns or dog behavioral issues you're having.

Regular Price: $104.95

Special Price $98.95

Additional Information

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.