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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. Dog 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.
18 Top Dog Yard Leashes
There are a lot of dog yard leashes to choose from out there—many come with a stake or other mechanism for securing the tie-out to the ground. We’ve picked the best options based on reviews and our own experiences.
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.”Shop 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.”Shop on Amazon
Available in 25-foot or 30-foot lengths, this tie-out cable is made from 100% steel with a vinyl covering and strength tested to ensure durability. Choose from 5 sizes to suit your dog’s size and strength and rest easy knowing the swivel clip design adds strength to keep your dog safely contained.
Helpful review: “Our older dog recently started not listening when she’s outside (we previously didn’t have to put her on a leash or tie out for 3 years), so we bought this since our younger dog has one. It has made such a big difference in our ability to do things outside since we don’t have a fence.”Shop on Chewy
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.”Shop 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.”Shop 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.”Shop on Chewy
Ideal for camping and other outdoor applications, this combo comes with a 16-inch spiral tie-out stake and a 16-foot steel cable. Perfectly sized for small to medium dogs, the cable is constructed from plastic-coated steel and is both crack- and rust-resistant. Plus, it comes in three colors: blue, red, or silver.
Helpful review: “I needed something that would allow my dog to play on the front lawn but not wander off. Before we got this, she ran over to say hello to another neighborhood dog before I could catch her and she was severely injured (attacked). This is easy to put into the ground and she can roam around but not further than the sidewalk.”Shop on Amazon
Choose from two sizes to accommodate dogs up to 120 pounds with this heavy-duty, chew-proof tie out cable. Not only is the steel braided cable incredibly durable, but it is vinyl-coated to make it weather-resistant. As an added feature, this cable also has a reflective vinyl coating to increase your dog’s visibility in low light to keep him safe and sound at all times.
Helpful review: “I love this large dog tie out cable! Unlike some of the others I have purchased for my 120# mastiff, Dane, Pitt mix that have clips that make me scared we are going to snap them, the Mighty Paw cable has nice, sturdy and large clip that make me feel good about tying my doggo up.”Shop on Amazon
Complete with a 25-foot cable, this tie-out system keeps your pup secure while giving him room to roam. Secure it in the ground by the strength of your hands or light hammering.
Helpful review: “We wanted something durable enough to withstand our dog’s pulling, but also easily removable and portable and we’re glad we found this. The cord is a good length, just don’t try to grab it when your dog is moving-you can get cut!”Shop on Chewy
A dog yard leash doesn’t have to be complicated and this tie-out system is both simple and affordable. Choose from cable lengths ranging from 10 feet to 40 feet, with or without a spring, and you’ll also receive a 16-inch spiral stake and an Oxford carry bag. With a sturdy O-ring and a stake that’s 20% thicker than the competition, this system is heavy-duty.
Helpful review: “Love this! We just moved into a new house and our backyard is not fenced in. The pup loves the outside, along with everyone other living thing she sees, so this is a great way to let her roam the yard without worrying about her running off.”Shop on Amazon
With two heavy-duty clasps, you can attach this tie-out cord to just about anything. It comes in three colors and five different lengths ranging from just 8 feet to 50 feet, giving you plenty of options to choose from. This tie-out cord is made from rock climbers’ rope, making it both strong and lightweight. Plus, with a 360-degree swivel hook and tangle-free design, this tie-out cord is a cut above the rest.
Helpful review: “This is my third 15’+ lead I have purchased, and it is by far my favorite. The color is bright for high visibility (not reflective). My girl gets a little more freedom with the length, but the durability and construction of this are comfortable enough for me to scramble and pull her in at a moment’s notice if need be.”Shop on Amazon
This ready-to-use combo includes a 25-foot cable and steel spiral stake that has been strength tested for dogs up to 60 pounds. Plus, the reflective design increases your pup’s visibility for safety.
Helpful review: “Even the best escape artist would need a cable cutter to break free fro this very sturdy, tangle-free cable and tie-out post. I highly recommend this system for a confident pet containment along with sensible harness. Very reasonable price and lickety-split delivery!”Shop on Chewy
If you’re looking for a dog yard leash that’s easy to install, this is a great option. It features a spiral blade specifically designed for loose and sandy soil as well as a handle to help you screw it into the ground. This stake and cable combo comes a 30-foot length but two strengths – one for dogs up to 60 pounds and one for larger dogs up to 100 pounds. Both are affordably priced under $30.
Helpful review: “It is easy to install, and the stake is sturdy if you give it a good day for the ground to settle around it. Even better if you water the ground and let sit overnight. My dog is 65lb, strong, no issues with stability.”Shop on Amazon
Available in 50- and 75-foot lengths, this tie-out trolley is designed for dogs up to 85 pounds but has a 1,700-pound break strength. With its poly-vinyl coating, it’s weather-resistant for maximum durability.
Helpful review: “This works amazingly for my Labrador Retriever. He’s on the smaller size for his breed (53 pounds and a lot shorter than most his breed) and it works great! Haven’t had any problems with it, even with him running on it at fully speed and pulling against the line. We didn’t pull it tight enough when first putting it together, so there’s some slack in the line, but otherwise an awesome product!”Shop on Chewy
Suitable for small, medium, and large dogs up to 100 pounds, this steel cable is rust-proof and weather-resistant with its protective poly-vinyl coating. This stake comes with a 30-foot cable featuring a stainless-steel clasp that attaches to various collars for easy use. In addition to the sturdy steel cable, this system features a 4-inch spring that absorbs shock if your pup pulls too hard.
Helpful review: “Love this product, it does exactly what it’s supposed to. I use it when we go camping for my 110 lb. Doberman. It’s secure, no issues, and the swivel system keeps him from getting it wrapped or tangled. 100% recommend.”Shop on Amazon
Large dogs have a lot of strength that the average dog yard leash might not be able to handle. This Säker Heavy Duty Tie Out Stake is built to last and durable enough for dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahua to Great Dane. It features a 14-inch heavy-duty stake and a unique 360-degree swivel that gives your pup the freedom to roam without getting tangled up. This stake is easy to install and comes with premium storage box as well.
Helpful review: “My German Shepherd is super strong, and I was nervous this stake wouldn’t hold him properly because the stake is ultra-compact. Wow this stake is amazing! Even though Ryker will pull on it throughout the day, it doesn’t move.”Shop on Amazon
Whether you’re training your dog in the yard or trying to keep them contained, this Hi Kiss check cord is just what you need. Available in 15-, 30-, and 50-foot lengths, this dog yard leash is lightweight but super strong. Made from durable nylon materials with a nickel-plated clip, you don’t have to worry about this cord twisting, kinking, or snapping.
Helpful review: “It is probably not the lightest lead there is, but if you want sturdy, then this is very lightweight! I used it about 8 times by now, a few times in rain and on muddy patches. Even soaked it didn’t get heavy. It got a bit muddy but didn’t need any cleaning so far.”Shop on Amazon
If you’re looking for a simple dog yard leash and you don’t want to pay a fortune, this is a great option. Affordably priced around $10, this simple chrome stake twists easily into the ground and its heavy-duty chrome-plated construction is extremely durable. It features an arrowhead design to keep the stake firmly anchored and it has a 360-degree swivel ring attached so you can use your choice of cable.
Helpful review: “Brought this for my friend who owns two average size American Staffordshire terriers for camping use. They work amazing, we were able to tie up one dog who’s very energetic while we ate. We tried getting him to pull it out of the dirt but it never happened it stayed in the dirt very well.”Shop on Amazon
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!
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