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Yard leashes, also called tie-outs, are a super-helpful tool. Use them to keep your dog safe in an unfenced yard, to give them some extra room to roam at the park, or to secure them at a campsite. Yard leashes let you hang out with your dog hands-free. Just remember: your dog should always be supervised on yard leashes and tie-outs.
These are our picks for the 5 best yard leashes for dogs in 2019.
If your dog weighs 60 pounds or less, this basic tie-out is an economical choice. It’s made of rugged steel and PVC, so it stands up to the elements. And the bright blue color makes it visible so you won’t trip or accidentally run over it with a lawnmower. Best of all, it’s versatile. Just attach one end to an anchored object like a tree or stake, and the other end to your dog’s collar.
Helpful review: “Durable, quality, long and inexpensive. I originally bought one with a stake, but now only use two of these, clipped together for extra length, and clip one end around porch or swing set. I much prefer no stake and it’s less expensive. It allows small dogs to get exercise in the yard when there isn’t a fence and when family is outside. I would recommend always being present when your dog is outside otherwise dog could get tangled around bushes, etc.”Buy Now on Amazon
This tie-out system has a corkscrew style stake made of durable, double-welded steel, and a 20-foot steel cable coated in polyvinyl. What does all that mean? It’s strong and durable and gives your dog plenty of room to roam. When correctly installed in soil, it can hold up to 100 pounds.
Helpful review: “Bought this to take on vacation so my dog wouldn’t roam. My dog is 65 pounds and strong. Has broken other harnesses and leashes before. This held strong and was easy to use and screw into the ground. Pretty much self-explanatory. Never had any issues and it stayed strong in the ground. Very sturdy.”Buy Now on Amazon
This yard leash is made for BIG dogs. The 30-foot cable easily loops around a tree or post for a stake-free system that’s portable and secure. The all-steel cable and swivel clips provide strong, rust-proof protection. And the cable cover is reflective for nighttime safety. This extra-large yard leash is ideal for taking your big dog camping.
Helpful review: “Used it over the weekend during our family camping trip. Our Lab mix was tethered to a pine tree in camp and had a good range to explore, lay down in shade and get to her food and water. Tie out is well made and the cable is protected properly via the vinyl/plastic coating. Could not be happier with this purchase.”Buy Now on Amazon
Rather than connecting to a rod or pole, this yard leash connects to a secure 360-degree swivel mechanism to avoid tangles. It comes with six spiraled anchor stakes that hold the base firmly in place when used in stable ground. It essentially screws to the ground and can hold up to 1000 pounds of force. It can be portable, or you can install it in wood or cement for a permanent yard leash solution.
Helpful review: “I don’t know what type of magic was used on this thing, I’m assuming good magic judging off of how great this tie out base works. I’m a professional dog sitter and use it with two cords, both with swivels hooks, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. Often times I have a Pekingese and a Labrador out on it at the same time, and all is well, no cord tangling.”Buy Now on Amazon
This extra-long training lead is my top choice for yard leashes because it’s so versatile. Tether it to a tree and hook up your dog for some lounging in an unfenced yard, or take it to the park to practice recall in an open field. As with all yard leashes, this 50-foot lead should only be used with supervision, as dogs can get tangled around plants or obstacles.
Helpful review: “Super way to let your dog stay safe playing fetch in an open area. Best if attached to a harness in case the ball goes further than expected. Do not hold the coiled lead in hand (rope-burn!) and check dog is clear of lead between throws. Has made my dog’s move from a fenced yard to an apartment much easier.”Buy Now on Chewy
Whether you opt for a tie-out cable with a stake or a long leash that ties to a tree, a yard leash will give your dog room to roam safely. Always keep an eye on your dog in the yard, and enjoy the great outdoors together!