How do you make a dog tie out?

illustration of a man making a dog tie out

The most important features of a tie-out is the reliability and the impossibility to get tangled. So we’ve gathered 5 ideas of DIY tie-out stakes. And we rated them on a 1-5 star for each.

How do you make a dog tie out?

When you make a dog tie-out, you need to make sure it's impossible for your dog to get tangled. You also need to make sure it won't get pulled out or break if your dog pulls on it intensely. So here are 5 DIY tie-out ideas:

5 DIY tie out ideas:

tie out cable and rock

1. Tie-out cable and rock

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

This tie-out is quite reliable, it is a good solution.


In this one, you need to have a certain level of manual skills, drilling through rock can be challenging. It gets 3 ½ stars tangle-free because as the dogs run in circles, the cable twists on itself. As it twists more, the cable will get tangled. It might keep that shape because it is metal.


You can find how to make this simple dog tie out here.

tie out cable and rock

 2. Classic Cable Run

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

This setup is a classic! On the plus side, it’s quite reliable and gives your dog a lot of freedom. On the downside, it is quite long to set-up and can’t be brought with you on camping trips or to the beach. Find out how to make this cable run yourself.

tie out cable and rock

 3. Tree and Cable

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

To make this one, you will need:

  • A leash (big enough to clip around the tree)
  • A cable/rope of the desired length.
  • At the end of the cable that attaches to your dog, you need a carabiner or any hooks you usually find on a leash.

At the other end, you want a ring (same as in the picture) or carabiner with screw lock. I recommend the ring. You can find one at Home Depot for $4.84.

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

Once you find the tree, pass the leash through the metal ring and clip the leash to its handle around the tree.

Then, clip one end of the cable to the metal ring. The other end will be clipped to your dog’s collar!


If you are looking for a chew-proof cable, we recommend this quality steel tie-out cable.

tie out cable and rock

 4. Chain tied the patio or to the dog’s house

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

This is probably the most common way that people tie their dog. They often use a chain.


However, I recommend avoiding this. Even if a chain is super reliable, it will get tangled quickly. And doing a quick research about this, there are a few horror stories with the use of a chain.

tie out cable and rock

 5. Make your own heavy duty stake

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

While this is your best out of the 5 options, it also requires the most work. A lot of work! That'y why we suggest option 6

tie out cable and rock

 6. Best option, takes no time and most reliable and tangle-free

different zones where to tie your dog on a tie-out stake

However, there is a 6th option with 5-stars tangle-free and reliability. This is a turn-key option. 


It’s perfect for the yard and resists the weather. It is also portable which means you can easily install it at the beach or on your campsite.

If you want to be all set by next week, this is definitely your best option. Check this perfect tie-out stake.

Related Questions

How do you tie a dog outside

Tying a dog outside doesn't require much skills. But doing it properly without any hazards is another game. Find out the best way to tie your dog outside

Are tie outs safe for dogs?

It all depends on the environment where the tie-out is used... But as a general rule of thumb, you shouldn't leave your dog on the tie-out for hours at a time. If you don't care about obstacles, then tying your dog can be dangerous. You dog could get tangled or cut himself on some edges.


Also, you should always be around. If you tie your dog in the yard, be in the kitchen not far from the window.

How to install a dog's stake

Check this video to find out how to install a dog tie out stake easily.

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