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Old 05-22-2012, 07:49 PM
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Best tie out?

Anybody got a tie out that they prefer more than others? I am going to get one for Miller, my 10 and a half month old havanese for at our cabin. Any ideas ona really good one? Thanks!
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Not sure where you are, but check your local and state laws. In Maricopa County, AZ, it's illegal to tie a dog out without supervision. Clearly, this is heat-related and enforced depending upon the circumstances, but worth a quick check for your locale.

Back in PA, I wouldn't trust anything less than a cable run (between two hard-anchors) or the base of a tree. I knew several dogs who've pulled out the corkscrew-type tie-outs with very little effort (one actually figured out that running counter-clockwise would loosen it enough to pull it out).
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Not sure where you are, but check your local and state laws. In Maricopa County, AZ, it's illegal to tie a dog out without supervision. Clearly, this is heat-related and enforced depending upon the circumstances, but worth a quick check for your locale.

Back in PA, I wouldn't trust anything less than a cable run (between two hard-anchors) or the base of a tree. I knew several dogs who've pulled out the corkscrew-type tie-outs with very little effort (one actually figured out that running counter-clockwise would loosen it enough to pull it out).
We live up in BC, Canada so the only thing we have to worrie about is snow, LOL. But he would be around everybody and would not be left unattendid and it would be in the summer so there really would be nothing to worrie about.
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I prefer a long line tied between two trees. So the dogs leash is held in the air so they don't get tangled. I use a length of climbing rope and a carabiner.
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Some dogs wrap themselves around trees.

My preffered for easiest and most reliable.

Axle pounded in the ground for the "stake". Heavy duty O-Ring + missing link or quick link (can weld shut for extra security but clearly will have to be cut off to change. Alternatively Loctite can be used to prevent quicklinks from coming unscrewed.) + chain + quicklink + bullsnap.
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Just keep in mind a tie out makes your dog a tasty morsel on a string for coyotes and other predators. I would be quite concerned about putting a small dog on a tie out in a rural location.

For a little dog like a Havanese, it seems safer to be outside with the dog, or have the dog inside with you... one or the other. If you need to tie her when you are out there, because she tends to wander off, that's one thing, but putting her out while you are inside seems dangerous to me... I live in the land of coyotes and fishers here in the NE, USA.
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its illegal in Texas also
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So its illegal but unenforced in Texas?
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My preffered for easiest and most reliable.

Axle pounded in the ground for the "stake". Heavy duty O-Ring + missing link or quick link (can weld shut for extra security but clearly will have to be cut off to change. Alternatively Loctite can be used to prevent quicklinks from coming unscrewed.) + chain + quicklink + bullsnap.
It's pretty easy to limit travel and eliminate that possibility of becoming tangled. Tie a knot. And not everyone has spare axles at their cabin and access to a welder!.

here is one that has clips for what im talking about


i googled "climbing rope long line" http://www.moonrakerqh.com/tack/gfx/ss-01734.jpg

alternatively you can go to home dept and buy steel cable also.

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It's really not that difficult. Most people don't have a tie out laying around they must buy one.

I was pounding axles in the ground as a young teen so they can't be that hard to come by. Almost everyone I've known uses them. I'm sure if you don't know someone who has em everyone's got a junk yard or 2 close enough to them.

You don't need a welder. Some people do that, but its a pain. You have to cut it or a link of chain to change snaps or anything.
Properly tightened quicklinks usually don't come loose but if you have an issue of one coming unscrewed loctite works just fine and its still easy enough to open.

How does tying a knot help? I've seen people use trees successfully and other peoples dogs are constantly getting wrapped around the tree. Same with T Post, unlike pipe or chainlink fence post they are not circular and have ridges so the dog very easily gets wrapped up choking itself and this and that.

I'd never use rope which can quickly and easily be chewed!!!! I wish the neighbors up the street would figure that out. My friend started putting their dog out that way, I did give them a warning. Few days after when they put him out he chewed through the rope quick enough, luckily stayed in the yard.

I don't like to use cable because of the ridgedity is that a word, only for cable runs. If one does use it I'd recommend the same Home Depot or similar vs the wal mart cheapies.
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