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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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stephen u.
United States United States

Knot a hitch

Really love this she can run all day at the camper and never get tangled up. And it so easy to put up

Joseph S.
United States United States

Best Investment for Our Furbaby

We do a lot of camping with our rescue puppy. While she learned to deal with a ground level self-spooling leash, she was not happy about it. The low angle and the constant pull of the spring was uncomfortable for her. The Knot-a-Hitch solved those problems. She has great freedom of movement, secure without the constant pulling, and should she try to chase a squirrel, the Hitch does not jolt her sharply liked the spool leash. As for me, I love the easy set-up and small size when not in use. It takes seconds to put in place. It is made of high quality materials that should last for a long time. Overall - we find this to be an invaluable addition to our gear for our camping trips. Thank You!

Joseph Schumaker verified customer review of Knot-a-Hitch™
Michael K.
United States United States

A great way to keep Boomer close while I fish

Really enjoyed using the Knot-a-Hitch while fly fishing. The unit allowed me to keep Boomer close while I was in the stream fishing. I will use this whenever we are out doing things.

Aireka R.
United States United States

Great for Restless Dog

It was super easy to set up. Got 2 anchor points? Great. Need only one? Alright. My dog likes being able to walk around, but tends to get tangled in normal stakes/when we tie his leash to something. This kept him from getting tangled but let him feel included in camp activities while staying safe.

Aireka Rinehart and Henry verified customer review of Knot-a-Hitch™Aireka Rinehart and Henry verified customer review of Knot-a-Hitch™
Nigel P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Purchased for our recent camping trip in the UK

It took a couple of attempts to fathom it out - I'm sometimes not the most practical person. But we were soon in business! Due to the lack of trees on the campsite, we attached it to the roof bars on the car at one end and a tent peg in the ground at the other, and it worked a treat. Thank you!


Thank you Nigel!

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