Some dogs will feel the weight of the cable on their harness or collar and will think they must be on a shorter leash. Once he gets the hang of it, and learns how far the cable will let him go, he should be just fine.
I don't know if the links provided by other posters suggested this, but I find it is a good idea to teach the dog just how far he can go without hitting the end of the cable. Just stick some little flags in the ground, or tie surveyer's tape to small stakes in the ground so the dog has a visual cue that lets him know how far he can go freely. Then walk with the dog up to the flags. As you walk past the flags, the cable will prevent him from following. He will learn that the flags mark the line where the cable holds him back. It helps prevent the dog having to learn by hitting the end of the cable and jarring or injuring its neck and back.
Originally Posted by joannaryan
So...my hubby finally got to the task of working on a tie out for Toby, a cable runner. It's has a distance of 100 feet for lots of run room, looks pretty nice....My question is, we put Toby on it last night while we were playing cornhole because the silly dog would grab a bag every time one was thrown and run with it and it got pretty tireing for all of us chasing him, lol, anyways sorry for rambling, after we put him on he just stood there frozen and wouldn't move! We ran up and down the stretch and he would run with us then when we continued on with what we were doing he just stood there froze again. Will he always do that or will he adjust to it and start doing his thing? I didn't leave him on for very long, about 15 minutes, I felt guilty for putting him on it.