Position the tie out in an area that is mainly flat and free of obstacles that your dog can get wrapped around. Always make sure the stake is secure in the ground and that you have gotten it all the way down to the white line that is indicated on the stake. If the ground is too hard to place it manually, push down into ground as far as possible. Then use the tee that's included, it fits over the dome nut that secures the stake and tie out together. Just hammer the stake into the ground up to the white line.When unhooking the cable from your dogs collar or whenever you are retracting, guide the cable back into the reel while holding on to it. DO NOT let go of the cable and let it retract without help. DO NOT use if your dog is over the specified weight limit.