While SwiftPaws (both home and pro) specializes in continuous loop, 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 CHASE AT HOME: put a single pulley in a straight line directly out (away from) the 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).
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).
Note: It really requires two people to run a straight line course; one to hold/release the dog, and the other to operate the machine.
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 two pulleys your desired distance apart, and put the drive unit at the apex of the triangle.
(See our article about continuous loop or straight line here.)