Tethering Your Good Dog

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Welcome to the autumn everyone. CEO Olivia here. Today I want to bark about something I find bothersome; tethering your dog. It’s not good & I’ll explain why.

First, let me be clear that I mean having your good dog tied up on a chain or rope outside all the time. Keeping a dog on a chain & restricting their freedom to move around can be extremely detrimental to the dog’s health, well-being, & ability to properly socialize with humans & animals.

Furthermore, your good dog can become injured. The neck can become raw & sore from the collar constantly rubbing. It will also be vulnerable to insect bites, parasites & bad weather, plus there is a risk of entanglement, strangulation, or harassment by other dogs or people.

Dogs unable to retreat from a perceived or real threat can act out aggressively if approached. We dogs feel naturally protective of our territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, we’ll respond according to our fight-or-flight instincts. A tied dog, unable to take flight, resorts to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who wanders into his or her territory. This could be especially tragic if a child is involved.

Consider also that dogs are pack animals. Being tied up away from your pack is cruel & can lead to depression & anxiety. My fur sister Suzie Q was tethered for many years & although she’s been with us for several years now, she still struggles with being social & trusting us.

We dogs need to be able to explore our yard, be free to move if threatened, have access to proper shelter from the weather & most importantly, not left alone & isolated. This is why I bark a loud, “NO” to tethering.

CEO Olivia

 

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