Sunday, October 21, 2012
Hyper Pet Pooch Post
Recently, we camped at Lake Powell, AZ and we wanted to take the dog so he could share in the experience. Plus, we didn't want to leave him home in the backyard for three days by himself. With my wife's brother (and his wife and family) going, we thought it might be fun to have Kobun interact with the kids and with their pretty little dog, a Brittany Spaniel.
My wife knew we needed a good way to keep our puppy in the campsite when we were not able to hold onto his leash every minute. She went down to the local pet store and bought one of those corkscrew type leash anchors that you attach a leash to. I figured it was a good idea. Well, it sucked! The damn thing was more like an auger than anything else, and it churned up the ground pretty good while not providing the best, most secure anchoring point. Odd, it was rated for dogs up to 130 lbs. In the end, I tied his 30 foot leash to the picnic table because in spite of that so-called pet anchor, the table wasn't going anywhere.
BFH and send this thing home into the ground wherever you want your dog to roam. I made sure not to pound into the septic tank, or sprinkler lines, underground power lines, etc before doing so. It takes a bit of effort to pound this thing all the way into the ground, so be sure to wear gloves for additional safety. After it is in, you simply remove the cap, and then key in the inner piece until the head contacts the top of the outer spike. You are then ready to attach your leash or cable, and then let your dog run wild within the parameters you have set.
Now, the website says that it is good for dogs up to 150 lbs, where the packaging said any size dog. That's a bit confusing, but in this instance, I'll trust the weight limit stated on the website. If you have big dogs, you know that weight limitations are always a buzz kill when trying to outfit for your beloved family member. So when a product comes along that is actually made for bigger dogs, I naturally get excited.
Removing the entire assembly wasn't hard. I just put the inner piece back into the spike, and used the handle of my hammer to tug on it. Then it came out pretty easy. As for your dog being able to remove the whole thing, forget about it.
Another good test of the system was when Kobun saw a guy walking his pit bull across the street. My 100 lb dog, who for all intents and purposes is still a puppy, went charging as fast as he could until he used up all 30 feet of his cable. He was quickly reminded that he was not able to leave the yard (not even touch the driveway). That little spring attached to the cable helps keep him from hurting himself should he decide to bolt. Either way, when the pit bull came by 15 minutes later, my dog was alert, but had no desire to go chasing after him again. Instead, he just went on eating this stuffed dragon toy that has like 15 squeakers in it.