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tjpearse 05-22-2014 11:58 AM

Tie out collar
I am new to dogs so I have no idea what to look for in collars for tie outs. I was really hoping that someone could recommend a good collar or harness that will keep my GSD from hurting his neck. Also, I was thinking about getting a regular tie out line unless someone has advice on a good line to get. Thanks.

CharlieB.Barkin 05-22-2014 12:01 PM

I personally don't use tie-outs, but I've seen retractable tie outs.

tjpearse 05-22-2014 12:20 PM

Yeah I don't like the idea of them but I need it for bit until I can build a fenced-in area.

my boy diesel 05-22-2014 12:29 PM

we had to use a tie out until we got our fence up a while back and i got one of these leather ones
Stillwater Kennel Supply -- The Best Pit Bull Collars
scroll down for the leather

Anubis_Star 05-22-2014 12:54 PM

If you go the collar route you want an agitation collar, really big for more distribution in the neck if he pulls/lunges to prevent damage.

I've tied my boys out a few times in the front yard, largely when it's rained, the back yard is straight mud. On nice days they like to lay out in the grass and chew on some bones. I've tied them out with the kiddy pool in the front yard.

I personally like the kong harness with the padded chest piece. Much less likely to cause injury, chest is padded so if they do lunge/pull they are less likely to be injured, fits well, can be made snug so as to not slip off. Pet smart sells them
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Liesje 05-22-2014 01:19 PM

By tie-out I'm assuming you mean putting the dog in the yard on a long cable? The dog I've tied out wears a nice biothane collar with a safety ring. IMO it's more about acclimating the dog to the tie-out than it is having the right collar. You don't want the dog hitting the end of the line regardless of what he's wearing. We showed my dog how far he could go in each direction. He was able to run around and play without ever snapping his neck b/c he knew to stop or change course near the end of his line.

my boy diesel 05-22-2014 01:34 PM

IMO it's more about acclimating the dog to the tie-out than it is having the right collar.

tjpearse 05-22-2014 05:50 PM

Thanks everyone. Liesje I will definitely use your advice. I have one of those padded harnesses so I think I might use that with a regular tie out line.

Cara Fusinato 05-22-2014 07:47 PM

Just remember -- you may come out and the dog has chewed out, slipped out, or been outright stolen. Also if there are other dogs, snakes, or other wild animals you are really putting your dog in danger. Why not use a long line and be there with the dog or get a pen until fencing comes along? I don't believe in too much risk.

tjpearse 05-22-2014 08:23 PM

I'm glad you called me out on that so I could explain further. He has a 50x40 foot barn to himself when we leave him alone. This is only when we are sitting by the lake or up by the fire pit so he has room to do his own thing. I was thinking about just getting a long lead and holding on to it but this seems like it would be better to give him more room to roam so he could either sit by us or sniff around in the tree area. Either way, I would definitely keep a close eye on him. Thanks for the concern.

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