How to Set up a Dog Run Cable Part 2

What You'll Need
Rope clamps
Lead rope
Tape measure
Steelcable with looped ends
Eye Hooks
Wire rope clips
High quality dog collar

In the first part of this series on how to set up a dog run cable, you learned how to choose a spot, dig your post holes and insert and set your posts in concrete. Now, in the final part of this series, you will learn how to install the cable and finish up the dog run.

Step 1 - Attach the Cable to Posts

Insert a steel eye hook into each post (or one post and one tree). Then, thread the steel cable through the opening in the pulley and onto both eye hooks so that it securely hangs between the 2 posts in the dog run. (Note - if you have positioned the 2 posts correctly, the steel cable should sag very little, but should not be too taut.)

(Tip—you can use a wrench to help when the hook gets hard to turn).

Step 2 - Check Cable for Stability

After installing the cable, test it first to see if it’s stable or not. You can do this by going to the middle section of the cable and pulling down on the cable. Place as much weight on the cable as you can. In most cases, if the cable can support your weight, it is strong enough to keep your dog from breaking the cable and roaming free. If you have a very large dog, and the cable does not seem to be strong enough, you can double up on the eyes hooks in the 2 posts for added strength.

Step 3 - Install Turnbuckle and Attach Lead and Tether Lines

Attach the turnbuckle to the pulley and attach the lead wire to it. This should be long enough to allow your dog to lie down and roam around in the areas along the run. You need to take note not to make the lead wire too long or else it will tangle later on. Next, attach the tether line to the cable.

Step 4 - Ensure that Your Dog Has a Strong Collar

You will want to ensure that you purchase a high quality collar for your dog. Your new dog run cable will only be as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, you will need to ensure that the collar is strong enough when the animal pulls and tugs on the lead line.

Step 5 – Take Care of Your Dog

Make sure there is enough food and water for your pet, and that it is within reach of the dog run.  Expect the animal to whimper and show signs of discomfort until it becomes use to the new dog run. If you need to train your pet, do this gradually. Start by putting your pet there for only an hour or so until it becomes familiar with the set-up. Another method is to put the doghouse near the area. This will make it easier for the dog to adjust.