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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

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

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Dylan W.
United States

Stellar construction and design

Like everything Ruffwear, this is top of the line. You could replicate it on your own for half the price, but the craftsmanship here is unbearable. I do often wish it were about 5m longer is all.

Arlene F.
United States

I love this

I wish I owned this for years. It's perfect when you adopt a puppy who loves backpacking AND running towards danger. It's light enough to carry and has so many uses. Love it!

United States

Exactly what I needed!

Perfect for kayak and canoe camping, and just keeping him nearby when out doing yardwork. I have a very fearful rescue pup and and noisy moving parts would be a problem. This is nice and quiet and he happily runs around and plays while I get camp set up, impossible before I got this. I love getting out for solo trips with my pup so this was a game changer! It packs up so small and is very lightweight so it is perfect for kayak and canoe camping. It is well made with the quality and attention to detail that makes Ruffwear my goto for all gear. I have absolutely no complaints, it's a great product!

Sara E.
United States


This was perfect for us. We have two of them for our 2 dogs. They are great dogs but can wander sometimes! They also are wonderful clothes lines

Sara E. verified customer review of Knot-a-Hitch™
Brian L.
United States

Fantastic, 1st item to go up when setting up camp

This thing is fantastic. It is literally one of the first things that go up when we setup camp. I have 3 dogs and one is a wide roamer. He is a 40 lb Border Collie that doesn't get along well with strange dogs. It easily holds him during his ti-raids when a dog goes by. Thought it might be a bit gimmicky when I purchased it but it fits between a variety of tree distances with great ease. Highly Recommend.