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Lacey's Mom:

When we are out in the yard being busy, I use a tie-out like you for Brinkley...and as long as I find an open enough place to put it, he doesn't get tangled...the stake goes all the way into the ground and completely swivels in a circle-if I put him close to a tree or the swing set, sometimes he will circle around it, and I have to go untangle him
-but I have pretty much found enough spaces I can put him where he won't do that now... 10.00 vs. 50+ for a large excercise pen was a big factor for us...plus, I was just the opposite of K/C...I didn't mind the tie-out as much as the pen when we were outside...at least I felt like he could go farther and stuff...I don't know, it is all a matter of preference. Brinkley doesn't stay outside without us anyway. He is always with us...usually me, because hubby doesn't watch him well either. For the length of time that we are out there, and always supervised, I didn't find the tie-out to be a big deal. JMO
 

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Originally posted by littlepeanut+Mar 20 2005, 07:41 PM-->
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@Mar 20 2005, 07:36 PM
The only thing about the stake out.... Years ago when I read "No Bad Dogs" by Barbara Woodhouse, something stuck with me. She said never to put a dog on a stake out because the dog can get frustrated when getting to the end of the rope. I can't recall the rest of what was said (can look it up if anyone is interested) but she said if the dog has to be tied outside to use a clothes line so the dog can move back and forth and not be restricted.

Her advice may be more important when a dog is left outside alone and not when our little ones are out with us for short periods of time, however.
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I may be totally wrong, but I think that Flexi tie out I posted earlier was like the clothes line idea.
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That makes sense for the ones that are left out there alone. I also wouldn't trust Brinkley alone long on his tie-out because he works his chin under his harness and will work it/chew it until he breaks loose...
 
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