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Despite the picture showing it is unlike other brands and unbreakable this product broke exactly where the diagram showed other ground stakes breaking! Oops not very good marketing there! The product design is good and the plastic cover does stop tangling. But to have the handle sheer off in your hand is dangerous. Like another reviewer said there seems to be a weak point just below the handle and its just not strong enough to take being taken in and out of the ground. the metal needs to be thicker. The product then left a dangerous metal spike sticking out of the lawn which needed to be dug out. What a mess! I'd avoid buying this especially as it directly goes against its own product claims.
I was looking for an item like this so I can let my dog out in the garden without worrying she will run away. It's so difficult to screw in the lawn and keep coming out. My husband eventually screwed most of it in the lawn but it such hassle when he needs to mow the lawn, not recommend, think it's easier just tie my dog on the tree trunk.
This would be a fantastic tie out stake if it actually stayed in the ground. We installed it on a Friday, we had a long rain on Saturday, and on Sunday my dog bolted after a squirrel and ripped it right out of the ground.
My dog is 47 pounds and we were using the 30’ cable from the same manufacturer.
We installed this in really firm ground that is mostly clay after the first foot. It was pretty tough to get it all of the way down to the collar that bites into the earth and is supposed to keep water away, which I thought was a good sign that the ground was going to be strong.
I was wrong. The stake needs to be at least twice as long to really hold. If it went down far enough the leverage of the dog pulling on the line wouldn’t be enough to rip it up on one pull. As it is currently designed, it’s not going deep enough to counter act the leverage of the line being yanked hard.
If I had been two feet further ways she would have taken off into the street and could be dead. If you have a small dog, maybe this will work for you, which is why this isn’t a 1-star review.
I will be replacing this with a 5’ metal pipe that I will drive all of the way into the ground with a sledge hammer.
It's great when first installed, but my dog (62 lbs) is EXTREMELY strong and pulls hard which eventually distorts the hole it's screwed into, and the plastic collar also deteriorates. My biggest issue is I have to put her on a heavy duty, spring-loaded leash and there is a tendency for the heavy clip to get caught under the handle and as she runs in circles it unscrews from the ground! These are made for the smaller leash clips, I wish you guys would make a version where the stem is longer so the leash clip won't get stuck under the handle and unscrew from the ground. You also need to make the part that screws into the ground longer, my dog has pulled it out of the ground a number of times now. I am looking into Earth Anchors to solve my problem and may actually return your product.
It's looks better then it really is. The plastic piece that's supposed to hold it in the dirt doesn't exactly do what it's supposed to unless you're tying down a 10lb poodle. That said, I'm trying my best to make it work and my dog's not a big dog in any way but we work with the tools we've been given. Be sure when you buy this Intellileash your dog is small and has no strength or he or she will pull this out of the ground.
This is not for dogs who are heavy, strong pullers. I have a Rottweiler which weighs 110lbs. I screwded it in the ground with the top base im bedded in the ground. I let my dog out at night. When I opened the door he was gone along with a HD cable. Luckily I found him. I will only use this while supervising him while we go out and he goes with us like to a park. Never again unsupervised. He pulled the whole auger and plug out of the ground. Word to the wise.
I have a 67 Lb Female GSD. After screwing the stake into the ground and hooking up the tie out, the first time my dog tested the lead, she bent the screw-in portion of the stake. Not sure what type of metal it's made from , but when installed in typical Ohio topsoil, it will not stand up to my dogs use. Disappointing quality and I will be looking for another solution.
I have had to reset it a few times because it was pulling out of the ground. The plastic piece that is placed in the ground was too flimsy. It broken after the third time it was pulled out of the ground. The top of the steak was totally bent. This is despite the "Surface Lock Technology Prevents Pulling Out and Bending" statement. This might be good for small dogs or dogs that don't pull. I got sick of chasing my dog in the dark, and bought a better tie out.