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The Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch™ is a campsite dog-hitching system using climbing-inspired components and hardware. Designed with car camping in mind, this comprehensive and intuitive system allows dogs to roam at camp while remaining on leash. The Knot-a-Hitch includes a strong, kernmantle rope that can be set up between two trees or secured to a single post using Ruffwear-designed hardware and an easy-to-use tensioning system. Dogs can explore their new surroundings while their human performs camp duties such as setting up the tent, cooking dinner, or building a fire.

Length: 36 ft (12 m)
Stow Bag: 6 in x 7 in x 2 in (16 cm x 18.5 cm x 5 cm)


Key Features

Additional Features

  • Hitching system for allowing dogs to roam while remaining on leash
  • Can be can secured around two trees or a single post
  • Strong, supple, reflective kernmantle rope
  • Quick set up with easy-to-use tensioning system inspired by auto-lock techniques used by rock climbers
  • Swiveling carabiner keeps leash twist- and tangle-free, and securely attached to the line
  • Ruffwear-designed hardware
  • Convenient and durable stow bag contains rope tail ends while storm flap keeps elements out
  • Made in Vietnam

Washing Instructions

  • Hand wash
  • Mild detergent
  • Air dry

Trail Tested Promise

All of our products are rigorously field tested and we proudly guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

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Brian F.
United States

Works great!

Used it on a long weekend trip to the Catskills and set up in front of our cabin - worked great! Our dog was able to move easily back and forth on the line, and super quick setup/tear-down!

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Kurt m.
United States

Dog Leash/Run

Great item for camping with your trail dog!

Virginia L.
United States


We use this for camping with my small dogs who like to wander and can't resist the temptation to explore other people's campsites. This gives them the freedom to walk around our site without feeling too contained. Super happy with this product, super easy to set up and great quality.

Scott D.
United States

For dogs who like to roam

Simple to use and allows my dog to move around the campsite without being restricted to one small area. Perfect for campsites that require dogs to be on a leash, or in a dispersed camping environment if you’re worried your dog may wander off in the middle of the night to chase a rabbit.

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Denise K.
United States

Tangle-free dogs with room to roam

I hooked the first one to a tree and the front of the RV. I hooked the second one to a tree and the rear of the RV. Cody and Maggie had plenty of room to roam without getting tangled up. I gave it four stars because some state parks require straps that encircle trees to be a minimum of one inch wide-so I had to get creative. Perhaps the daisy chain base could be wider? Otherwise, a great product that met our needs!

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