Dogs on Chains
This post is not about Livestock Guardian dogs and I personally do not know of any LGDs that are tethered.
For many people it's the first thing you consider before adopting or buying a dog or a puppy. Is my garden/ land secure?
Can I mend any holes? Can I purchase higher fencing? Researching breeds that are typically known to be escape artists. Considering whether with work hours and activities, if it would be fair to even own a dog.
Consider work hours, social life, exercise, outdoor lover, working dog, sofa dog, large dog, small dog, energetic breed or sporting breed and then compare this to the lifestyle.
Consider whether there is finances in place for a dog: Vet fees, insurance, training, diet, treats, beds, toys, play pen, crate, leads, harnesses, long lines, any extra sports to participate in, finances to replace all the above disposable items because items wear out or dogs chew. Take into consideration daycare fees, kennel fees, dog walker or sitter fees, grooming fees and heaven forbid extra cash to have the dog back from the pound should they bolt.
So here we have considered hours of work, hours of socialising, finances and how the needs of the breed will be met.
But sadly not all people do this and think that chaining a dog whilst they work all day is fair, or chaining a dog full time is fair, then when the dog inevitably is not having their needs met and manages to escape, horrible measures begin to come into play like invisible fences.
If a dogs needs cannot be met and the time and effort is not going to be put in to train them and meet their needs and ensure they have an amazing life, it is much kinder to not have a dog.
Dogs being met with frustration and aversive methods because of a fast food nation mindset is not fair to dogs, not understanding that training is essential and will go on for the life of the dog is essential to understand. Understanding that a dog is an entirely different species to a human and that they do not understand that "furniture" etc is precious.
The following countries have either banned Dogs being chained and tethered or have strict laws on this for example not being able to exceed one hour on a tether. Some countries also have banned invisible fences!!
The following states have either banned tethering or have strict laws on tethering.
There is so much up to date and kind methodology and protocols for ensuring dogs can have the best lives that they possibly can. Most of these resources are also completely free.
One amazing blog is by Ali of Rebarkable check her out here https://m.facebook.com/rbrkbl/ and check out her blog from a British point of view working FF in the US, her blogs are a must read https://rebarkable.com/invisible-fence-vs-physical-fence/
There is no need to treat a dog unkindly or have a dog and not meet their needs and ensure that they have all of their needs met under Animal Welfare Laws individualised to each country or state.
There is no need to treat dogs this way and deep consideration should always be taken as to whether having a dog in your life is the right thing for the dog.
Check out the Do No Harm Manual by Linda Michaels MA for a step by step guide with up to date and kind methodology on raising a dog from a puppy or rescuing a dog and how to meet their needs, whether you already have a dog or a puppy or are considering. https://gumroad.com/a/1016960115/LAVuz
Image is of a Dog tied to a chain next to a rusty tin of water and the backdrop of a shed that is heavily worn with dirt and grass surrounding the dog too. He has a brown collar on, he is Jack Russel looking but larger, his head is down looking at the floor and his ears are flat. He is white, grey, brown, blue grey and dusty from the dirt.
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