Whether you're out camping or you don't have an enclosed yard, tie-out cables give your pup the opportunity to run around without being tethered to your hand. Two tie-out systems exist and you have a few choices for cables, although most cables aren't appropriate for the job.
When it comes to ease of installation, stake tie-outs come out on top. They just require a bit of oomph on your part to secure the stake into the ground, and then all that remains is affixing the cable to the stake. If you go this route, choose a stake with a swivel top or a swivel ring to lessen the chances of your pup getting himself into a tangled mess, and always choose a stake made of steel. You'll come across a few design types, from arrowhead stakes to spiral stakes. Disregard the design options and instead pay attention to the weight limits of each stake to ensure your romping pup can't rip it right out of the ground.
If you want to score some brownie points from your canine pal, consider a trolley tie-out system. Trolley systems consist of two cables. One runs above your pup's head, between trees or wooden posts anchored into the ground. The other attaches to the overhead cable via a few hooks and clamps. A pulley enables your barking friend to run from one end to the other. While a little more time-consuming to install, trolley systems allow your pup to run more freely than stake tie-out systems and also make tangling far less of a possibility, although they don't outright prevent it.
Types of Cables
Forget about chain-linked cables and ropes. Chains often bunch together and kink, and ropes can't hope to hold up to the rigors of constantly being pulled by your big guy or gnawed on by those sharp teeth. Opt for plastic-coated steel cables instead, and make sure the entire cable system is rust-resistant. If you purchase a trolley system, chances are two cables will be provided. If you purchase a stake system, sometimes only the stake is included.
No dog should run around outside unsupervised, and this goes double for pups who are tethered to tie-out systems. Stakes can work their way out of the ground, especially is soggy conditions, and trolley cables can snap. Even worse, your canine can easily get caught up in his cable and accidentally choke himself, even on a trolley system. Always keep outdoor furniture and other objects, such as barbecues, chairs and tables, out of your pup's reach to prevent tangling. A tie-out is a great option if you don't have an enclosed yard, but it's safest and most effective if you keep a vigilant eye on your tail-wagging buddy.
Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.