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Garden leads for dogs, also called tie-outs, are a super-helpful tool. Use them to keep your dog safe in an unfenced garden, to give them some extra room to roam at the park or to secure them at a campsite. Garden leashes let you hang out with your dog hands free. Just remember: your dog should always be supervised on garden leashes and tie-outs.
These are our picks for the 5 best garden leads for dogs in 2019.
If your dog weighs 27kg 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 colour 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 heavy duty stake and an anti-chew 4-metre steel cable coated in PVC. The 40cm stake features a durable swivel ring to allow your dog to run around without getting tangled up.
Helpful review: “Excellent robust product suitable for our very lively labradoodle.”Buy Now on Amazon
This garden lead is made for all breeds up to 57kg and comes in three lengths, 3, 5 and 10 metres, giving your dog ample room to run around where needed. Connect to a ground stake or secure around a tree with durable metal clips. It’s a great option for days out, parks, camping and of course the back garden.
Helpful review: “Very useful for a naughty dog who can’t be left in the garden due to being able to jump a 6ft fence. She has lots of freedom on this chew proof tie and cannot reach the fence which would be dangerous. Works very well.”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 spiralled 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 453kg 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 a top choice for garden leads for dogs because it’s so versatile. Tether it to a tree and hook up your dog for some lounging in an unfenced garden, or take it to the park to practice recall in an open field. As with all garden leashes, this extra-long 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 Amazon
Okay, so you’re all set for stationary leads, but what about leashes for walks and hikes? Check out our picks of the top walking leads below as well as other accessories to make the most out of your dog walks.