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How to set up straight-line courseUpdated a month ago

While SwiftPaws (both home and pro) is designed as continuous loop equipment, you can set it up in a straight line like we do when we operate FAST CAT® events (CAT stands for Coursing Ability Test)– which is a timed 100-yard dash where dogs run one at a time, chasing a lure.

TO SET UP A STRAIGHT LINE COURSE AT HOME: put a single pulley in a straight line directly away from the main drive machine and just run it in a single direction – IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to only run the lure in ONE direction to avoid injury to your dog.

BE CAREFUL to stop the lure before the end of the one-way direction - you do not want your dog trying to turn run back the way it came!  Make the stopping point 10 to 20 feet before the end of the length of line (pulley). 

In the first configuration, it is recommended that you run the lure in the direction TOWARDS the operator. It is much easier to judge the distance between the dog and the stopping point (10-20 feet from the pulley).

ALTERNATIVELY: If you have the room, you can also set the course up so the dog runs between the two pulleys, with the drive to one side, in a triangular configuration. Set the "Course Length" pulleys your desired distance apart, and put the drive unit at the apex of the triangle.

Note: It really requires two people to run a straight line course; one to hold/release the dog, and the other to operate the drive (powered unit.)

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