A dog tie out can be a great way to ensure Fido doesn't wander into any trouble when he is keeping you company in an unfenced area, like a park that doesn't allow dogs off leash or even camping. A dog tie out is not always the best form of confinement, but is a great item for every dog lover to have handy in many situations.Features to Consider in a Dog tie out Materials
There are two different types of dog tie out, ground and aerial. A ground dog tie out has a leash or line that is attached to a grounded base, usually a spiral or straight stake. An aerial dog tie out, sometimes called a trolley, is an overhead line to which the leash or line is attached. When choosing which dog tie out to purchase, look at the area you have and which form of tie out will work best in it. Then examine the materials for durability, safety and security. You'll want to make sure whichever dog tie out you choose is appropriate to the size of your dog. All dog tie outs are marked by pound limits so that you can be sure it can withstand the pressure of your dog's weight.
Desirable Features in a Dog Tie Out
Easy to use
Securely affixes to ground
Minimal leash or line tangles
Easy to move (e.g. if you want to mow grass)
Relatively comfortable to pet – free range of motion of feet
Safe - No sharp edges
A good dog tie out should be easy for you to fix securely into place. The more stable, the better and ease of moving can also be a great factor to consider. An aerial dog tie out is most likely a permanent line, but a good stake should be easy to remove for mowing the lawn or adjusting where your dog is tied. There should also be no sharp edges or other obvious way you pooch can get injured. Also a dog tie out with ideal length is desirable. It should be long enough to give your dog plenty of range, but not long enough to get tangled around trees, bushes and other obstacles.
The ideal choice for a dog tie out will be a heavy-duty design which screws securely into the ground or an aerial line that attaches firmly at both ends. The bigger the dog the more secure and stable your dog tie out should be to prevent it from being pulled out or breaking.
Safety and Shopping Tips for a Dog Tie Out
Be sure to check the cable as well as the snaps and hook-ups on the dog tie out that you choose. The hookups should be thick and strong, such as zinc die-cast or forged iron in order to resist rusting and corrosion. Checking you dog tie out for wear is still something you should do every time you tie out your pooch.
Watch for dangerous situations when using a dog tie out as well. You should never use a choke or pinch collar when tying out Fido. If your dog fall or gets caught he could injure himself, perhaps even crush his windpipe. Never leave your pooch on a dog tie out unsupervised. You wouldn't want Rover to get into an altercation with another dog, get hung up or break loose while you aren't looking. A good dog tie out is a great way to give Rover a little room to move as long as it's sturdy and used properly!