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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:

  • Enroll your dog in a training class--especially if his or her behavior is the main reason you keep your dog outside.

  • Spay or neuter your dog. A neutered dog is less likely to roam and more content to stay at home. These are safe procedures that have many health and behavioral benefits. Ask your veterinarian for more information.

  • Remember that behavior problems such as barking, chewing, and digging are often the result of a lack of stimulation. For solutions to the most common dog behavior problems owners complain about, visit:

  • If you keep your dog outside for the purpose of guarding your home, it is important to note that a dog who is INSIDE the house is more likely to deter an intruder than a dog chained in the yard.

  • If you would like more information on this or any other pet-related topic, please contact the HSUS:






DOGS DESERVE BETTER is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained dog, and bringing our 'best friend' into the home and family.
If you see a continually chained or penned dog, please report it:
Contact Info: Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. PO Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684
Toll Free 1.877.636.1408   or   814.941.7447

 I-Phone App

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.

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