Do you keep your dog tied up outside?
If so, your not alone. There are many reasons why people chain their dogs outside. Some people believe that dogs should live outside. They may keep their dogs tied up because they escape the yard or dig in the garden. Maybe the dogs have grown larger than expected or have developed behavior problems that the families are unable to deal with, so the dogs stay in the yard. In some cases dogs may be kept outside in an attempt to protect the home.
Whatever the reasons, fewer people seem to be keeping their dogs tied up outside, and many communtiites have passed laws against the long-term chaining of dogs.
Why? There are two major reasons. First, studies show that chained dogs are much more likely to bite than unchained dogs. An otherwise friendly and happy dog, when kept continually chained, can become lonely, bored, territorial, and aggressive. Second, continuous tethering is also bad for dogs because, as pack animals, they have been bred for thousands of years to form a strong attachment to a human family. Additionally, chained dogs may suffer injuries if their chains become wrapped around nearby objects or unintentionally hang themselves attempting to jump over a fence or doghouse. Chained dogs also are vulnerable to attacks from other animals, cruel people, and extreme weather conditions.
Many people have learned to solve the problems that caused them to tie their dogs outside in the first place. Most behavior problems that cause dogs to be put outside are perfectly natural dog behaviors that can easily be altered with a few simple steps:
If you have an I-Phone, please consider downloading the "Report-a-Dog" app. It's free!
It allows users to enter address information for continually chained and penned dogs. It sends the information directly to the Dogs Deserve Better offices. Educational information will be mailed and/or an area rep will visit the owners home. If the dog is in need of immediate help, please call your local police or animal control.