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Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« on: March 14, 2015, 11:09:37 AM »

Apparently there's some widely varying opinion on this topic.  When I was little we had a couple of dogs that stayed outside on a chain summer and winter.  We did the same with one dog at a time over the years even when we moved here.  Actually, our outside 'barn dog' (A full blooded English Setter) was originally on a chain but we actually finally built him a kennel in the barn with an outside fenced in 'run' for him.  I can honestly say he seemed to prefer being on the chain to being in his 'run'! 

His chain was about 30' long and he could run and run and run regardless of if one of us had time to pay any attention to him at all.  Now, not so much :( :( :(

I guess one of the problems is some people are leaving the dogs 'tethered' (friendlier sounding term?) outside with no water, food or shelter! 

Our 'chained' dogs always had food and plenty of water.  One was a black lab and we always kept a pig trough full of water for him to soak in...  he would lay there all day on some days ;) ;) ;)

And the house they had was insulated...

with a porch...

and double paned plastic windows (not glass)...

plus a porch for shade!!!

We moved it a few times and it took several people to handle it!!!

Anyway, this legislator down in Ohio is trying to 'right' all that's wrong with the practice it looks like!

Personally I see a lot more 'abuse' going on with animals than just leaving them on a chain 'if' they are otherwise properly taken care of :o :o :o

http://www.nbc24.com/news/story.aspx?id=1177555#.VQQygo54oUo
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 11:18:21 AM »

Same here when I was a kid, BRD.  I don't think I ever gave it a second thought as at that time a lot of folks kept their dogs chained outside, but always fed and watered from my recollection.

Personally,,,,,,and I've only had 2 dogs in my adult life, but neither were left outside on a chain or tied off leash.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 12:07:36 PM »

Would you want to be 'tethered' on a chain outside?  I don't think so.

We don't chain our pups, the 'own' the front yard...poop piles and all.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2015, 12:21:03 PM »

Would you want to be 'tethered' on a chain outside? 

Hummmm.......I guess that depends on the situation.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2015, 02:58:15 PM »

Had a Husky in a kennel - but non of my dogs have been "chained" or tied out...  but then again I live on a farm with lots of room and few neighbors.   
They stay in the house most of the time unless we are out or the weather is nice.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2015, 03:56:38 PM »

Any of them ever walked by the Lincoln and left his scent on it?
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2015, 05:10:11 PM »

We lived on a farm and our dogs ran free. If you need to chain or pen them up then you don't really need a pet. Our dog is a house dog and cats now run free in and out of the house. They are spoiled rotten. What fun is playing with a dog on a chain or in a pen? The only time they are leashed is for their own safety when walking near a roadway.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2015, 09:38:47 PM »

Out here, a free running dog is most likely a dead dog.  Dead from a vehicle hit or dead from a bullet.  This is yote country folks.
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2015, 09:15:27 AM »

Out here, a free running dog is most likely a dead dog.  Dead from a vehicle hit or dead from a bullet.  This is yote country folks.
My dog is pretty smart - knows the property line
won't go in the front yard unless I'm there
Uses the farm field for #2 business
and knows to stay away from the lincoln  ;D
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 09:17:52 AM »

Out here, a free running dog is most likely a dead dog.  Dead from a vehicle hit or dead from a bullet.  This is yote country folks.

We've lost a few in the road over the years just letting them out for a few minutes.

And I can imagine that a small dog or maybe even a single 'larger' dog could become victim to some of the coyotes we have around!
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Re: Do you ever 'chain' your dog outside?
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 03:14:16 PM »

We've had 'em right up by the deck at night, I presume 'looking' for a tasty feline morsel but they are all inside.....yuk.
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