How to Construct A Cable Run
Long narrow run areas encourage dogs to get more exercise. Recommended length is 20 to 30 feet depending on available space. A 4 - foot neckline allows ample freedom for the dog to jump on top of his house. With more that one dog, parallel runs take up the least amount of space and work best to encourage chasing type exercise. Runs should be placed far enough apart so that the dogs can touch but cannot get tangled with one another. With the lines set about one foot above ground level dogs become adept at footwork in avoiding the line - useful behavior for sled dogs.
Posts - iron pipe, approximately 2" in diameter works well, it should be 4 feet long with holes drilled for eyebolts. Set the pipe in a concrete base 2 ½ to 3 feet below ground level for a sturdy attachment. Wooden posts, trees, or the side wall of a building can also be used.
Before stringing the long wire, place bolts in extended positions in the posts so they can be tightened after the wire is strung. Run the wire over the thimble placed in the eye of each bolt leaving 8 to 10 inches extra and fasten with two wire rope clips. Tighten up the long wire by fastening down the eyebolts at each end. Then re-tighten the rope clips.
” Stops" prevent the dog from going to the end of the line. Place a ¼" wire rope clip at the point where you want the stop. Back up the ¼" clip with the smaller 3/16" clip to keep the larger clip from moving.
The four foot neckline is made up of 4 ½ feet of cable with loops at each end which are best fastened permanently with sleeve clamps. A swivel set into one of the loops is fastened to the long line by a quick link. This quick link, which runs up and down the long line, will be the first piece of hardware to need replacing - how soon depends on the activity level of the dog. The link can be replaced by simply unscrewing it thus saving the rest of the neckline. The brass snap, which fastens to the dog collar, is attached to the neckline with a small link and can also be replaced if necessary without having to replace the entire line.
*All hardware should be checked periodically for wear and tightness.