We don't currently have a fence between our garden and our next door neighbour's garden. Consequently when I let our dog out into the garden she strays over to their side and often leaves one of her daily 'packages' on their lawn.
I decided to buy one of these dog tie out cables so that she could use the garden to do her business and not run into the neighbour's side.
The cable is coated in a red nylon casing which stops the internal wire from rusting. My dog has had a few munches on it and has managed to bite small holes and leave indentations in the plastic casing. However, this hasn't interfered with how the cable works.
The cable has a D ring at each end with a clip attached. We nailed a hasp into our deck and leave one clip permanently attached to it. The other end we attach to our dog's collar when she goes outside.
The cable does prevent our dog from straying and being 30 feet in length it gives her a decent amount of the garden to wander around. She does however manage to wind herself around a tree in the garden and then gets stuck. The cable also gets caught between some ornamental rocks in the garden and again she gets stuck and we have to go out and free her. Thus, if you are going to use this with your dog it is a good idea to make sure you can supervise them to avoid any potential nasty accidents.
Because the clasps are outside in all weathers the latches used to open them have stiffened up over time and they need WD40 applied to them regularly so that they can be opened. One of the clasps is also showing some signs of early rust but again WD40 is now being used on them to protect them from further damage.
Overall, I'm pleased with this cable - it does allow my dog freedom outside whilst keeping her safe (under supervision).