One of the great things about dog tie outs is that you can use them with or without a stake. Setups will vary a little, but for the most part, you can attach any cable to any stake. Even if your dog is allowed to play off the leash in your backyard, a tie out can come in handy. Camping, visiting friends or family, and even spending a day in the park can all go a little smoother if you are prepared with a tie out and steak. With this equipment on hand, you won’t have to look for a tree or post sturdy enough to attach your dog to. If you are looking for a cable, check out my review of the best dog tie out cables. If you are ready to go shopping, here’s everything you need to know so you can select the best dog tie out stake.
Factors to consider when shopping for a dog tie out stake
Hard vs. soft ground
A typical stake may not always suit your needs. Most stakes have a swivel shaped spike that might be difficult to screw into tough ground. If you have very compact soils in your yard or are going camping in a rocky area take this into consideration before shopping. There are some stakes available designed for these types of environments. I have reviewed a few options that are suitable for hard ground below.
Big vs. small dog
If you have a small dog, you may not need something too heavy-duty. You won’t need to do as much comparison shopping if you are not worried your dog could rip the steak from the ground. For a larger strong dog you might be worried and want to find the strongest stake possible. Rest assured, there are stakes designed to be effective for dogs of all sizes. Heavy-duty options are available. You will want to select something strong enough to ensure your pooch’s safety no matter what size they are. Part of this means supervising your dogs even when they are on the tie out.
Does your dog pull?
Some stakes won’t be able to handle a strong dog who pulls. The last thing you want to worry about is chasing an artist who broke free during your big family barbeque. Or, your dog sneaking off through the park while you were looking in the other direction. If your dog is a puller or has the strength to pull easily, select a heavy duty stake.
Consider the typical amount of moisture in the area you live in. If you have a very wet and rainy environment, rust is something you will need to prevent. Many stakes are made from rust-resistant metal or you may be able to apply a treatment to the stake. I’m not much of a handy(wo)man myself. So, don’t spray something on your new stake without doing a little research on that product.
Be flexible with how you position the stake. You may need to move it in different weather conditions. When it’s very muddy outside, your steak might not do too well in a flower bed. The location may need to be adjusted, or you may need to clip the cable around a pole or tree temporarily. If you live in a climate that gets very cold, you may want to bring the stake indoors for the winter. Dogs should not be out in extreme weather. Make sure you are always using your tie out when it’s a comfortable temperature for your pup. Shade and doggy jackets can help.
Best dog tie out stake 2020
This stake is kind of the vanilla ice cream of tie-outs. It’s simple and straightforward, a bit basic. It’s probably the type you have seen used before. I have one of these for my dog, and it suits our needs. Thor loves being outside, and although he is very strong, he doesn’t tend to pull on the tie out. I have used this item for camping and in several backyards, with no issues. I would recommend this tie out if you don’t think your dog will try to escape. I add tape to the bottom when travelling to prevent the pointy end from scratching anyone. Check price here.
- Swivel snap allows cable to turn 360 degrees and prevents tangling
- Chrome metal is rust-resistant and UV protected
- Easy to screw into the ground due to the shape of the top
- Available to buy with or without cable
- May not be suitable for larger dogs or dogs who pull
- May not be suitable for tougher ground types
This tie out fin is designed for hard ground. Unlike the Katzco Chrome Dog Stake, it has a cap on the bottom to prevent any cuts or scratches. So, you won’t need to put on any tape to travel with it. It is very heavy duty, and can be left in any type of ground for long periods of time. Yet, it might be more suitable as a permanent solution that you keep in your backyard. Some of the customer reviews suggest it is so secure, it will need to be dug out. Check price here.
- Quality guarantee
- Heavy duty
- Stays in-ground for long periods of time
- Dome shaped top allows cable to move 360 degrees
- Intended for large and strong dogs
- Total length is about 20 inches – goes deep into the ground
- Galvanized to prevent rust
- May need to step on this to push it into the ground or use a hammer
- May need to dig this out to remove it
This stake is a compliment to the IntelliLeash Tie Out Cable for Dogs which I reviewed here. The highlight of this stake is the bright orange color. This is highly visible in grass. If you are concerned that members of your household may trip on it, it might be a good option. It has options to buy with a surface lock. The surface lock has two options, one for large “beast” dogs and one for softer soil. The solid steel is very sturdy and 10mm thick. Check price here.
- Rust resistant
- Eliminates side to side movement of the stake
- Raised platform prevents tangling
- 10mm thick steel
- Easy to install
- Ring adapter for smaller dogs
- Larger dogs can use the top part of the stake
- Easy to travel with
- May not be suitable for hard ground
- Must be installed by following instructions accurately
This stake gets some design points for a simple and clean look. The black finish and the cute bright red flag included make it highly visible. This stake is 14 inches, with a 360-degree swivel. It boasts that it is easy to install. If you are going to be camping or visiting often, this might be a good choice. Check price here.
- Made of steel
- Rust Proof and weatherproof
- Includes red flag for visibility
- 360-degree swivel
- Easy installation
- Surface lock prevents side to side movement
- May not work for larger dogs or dogs who pull
- May be hard to get into hard ground
This bright orange anchor is easily visible and at 16 inches the longest on the list. If you have a smaller dog and don’t think the length is necessary 8 and 10-inch options are also available. It boasts it can hold up to 125lbs of pull force. For a large dog who pulls, this may be the stake for you. Check price here.
- Spiral bottom end tip
- Holds up to 125lbs of pull force
- Bright orange color is visible
- Available in three lengths
- Powder-coated to prevent rust
- May be difficult to remove from the ground
- May be difficult to install in very hard ground
My favorite of all the tie out stakes is the SÄKER Premium Tie Out Stake – Heavy Duty Anchor mainly because of the design. The option to have the red flag for when it could be a tripping hazard is nice. If it is permanently installed on your lawn you may not want to see a bright color at all times. It looks very modern and stylish, and even the packaging is cool. But, always consider your own dog’s needs when choosing a stake.
Hi, I’m Natalie! I’m a dog owner and I do my best to live an active lifestyle. About 4 years ago I adopted my dog Thor. Since then, he has learned to jog, camp, and even canoe. I’m here to help you to make your pupper a part of your active lifestyle too!