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Outdoors | June 28, 2020

Building a Canine Zip Line with Meg and Maverick

Dogs love to go camping with their people. But keeping your pooch on a tie-out when you’re at camp often means untangling them from picnic tables, camping gear, and people – every 10 minutes. A canine zip line can be a fun and smart way to relax and give your four-legged best friend some freedom. Today Meg is going to show us how to set up a canine zip line with her dog Maverick.

Get Your Supplies

Coastal carries everything you need to build your canine zip line, including rope, carabiners, dog collars, corkscrew tie-downs, and dog harnesses. Meg is using a 50-Foot Tie-Out Trolley from Aspen Pet. This one is good for dogs up to 100 lbs. To make setup simple, she picked up two Easyturn Spiral Stakes. If there are plenty of trees in your campsite, they can be used as well.  


Setup is Simple

First, be sure to install your canine zip line away from the campfire and other obstacles.


Install one of the stakes, clip the line to it, and then walk your line over to where the next stake should be installed. You don’t have to use all 50 feet, but it will make it easier to set up.


Now, install the next stake.


Finally, click the handle-end of their leash to the zip line with the carabiner. Then attach the leash to their collar. You can use a harness instead of their collar to avoid chocking.  


If you have more than one dog at the campsite, it’s best to give each one their own canine zip line so they don’t get tangled. 


And if you put their bed, food and water at the end of the zip line, they’ll have a spot to relax when they aren’t saving you from dangerous chipmunks.  

Start Your Camping Adventures at Coastal

Your Northwest owned and operated Coastal has everything you need to build your own canine zip line. You’ll find plenty of camping gear too, from tarps and tents, to stoves, toilets, freeze-dried food, and other essentials.  

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