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The Dangers of Dog Chaining

Dog Chained“Dog chaining” describes a practice in which dog owners tether their dogs outdoors to a stationary object for extended periods of time. In some cases, chained dogs may be tethered for days, months, or even years. Dog chaining poses serious threats to a dog’s physical and psychological well-being. Due to the inhumane nature of continuous dog chaining, many cities and counties are passing local laws to ban the practice.

Risks of Dog Chaining
Dog chaining inherently creates a life of misery for dogs who remain solitary and tethered for much of their lives. The practice also creates secondary hazards that have killed or injured many dogs. Chained dogs…

…cannot escape from aggressive wild animals or free-roaming dogs.

… may tip over and empty water bowls while dragging a chain.

… do not receive adequate physical activity.

… have died from strangulation after trying to jump over an object, such as a dog house.

… may be more likely to bite than well-socialized dogs.

… are susceptible to overheating and freezing in extreme weather.

… can wrap the chain around objects, thereby further restricting their range of motion.

…often lunge or pull against a chain, causing abrasions to the neck.

…suffer high-exposure to disease-carrying insects including ticks, fleas, and  mosquitos.

…are forced to urinate and defecate in the same area where they eat and sleep.

…may bark continuously from boredom and frustration.

Why Owners Continue to Chain Dogs Despite the Risks

  • Some owners who obtain a puppy on impulse don’t have the knowledge or time needed to implement obedience training. The dog is consequently chained outside to avoid destruction of property, etc.
  • Dog chaining is a practice that may continue through generations. If an owner’s parents and grandparents chained the family dog, the owner may be more likely to continue the practice.
  • Some owners use dogs as an outdoor ‘guard animal’ rather than a family companion.

How to Combat Dog Chaining In Your Community

  • If you own a dog, make your dog welcome in your home and take him or her for leashed walks and outdoor play in a fenced area.
  • Commit to providing obedience training to each dog in your household
  • Offer to walk a chained dog in your community, and check to ensure the dog always has fresh water and adequate food.
  • Call your local animal control office any time you suspect an animal’s basic needs are not being met.
  • Support anti-dog chaining ordinances, which are appearing in cities and counties across the nation.
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