Have a heart for chained dogs week, comes at the perfect time each year – Valentine’s Day. While this week tends to bring out the romantic and loving side for lots of humans, we can’t forget about our four legged babies!
The organization who founded this week in 2002, was Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) by Tammy S. Grimes. This group advocate and helps rescue chained dogs. While this is an ongoing effort, February 7th-14th picks up in activity.
Tethering or chaining a dog outside is wrong: Here’s why –
- Dogs are naturally territorial animals. When confined to a small space, they can become aggressive or agitated; barking, lunging, or even biting.
- Dogs are curious animals and will often become tangled or wrapped around something when chained or tethered. This can cause back, leg and neck injury!
- Tethered dogs cannot defend themselves. This means they are vulnerable to insect bites, reptile bites and severe weather. Unspayed females are a constant target for male dogs and are often brutally attacked when in season.
- Inclement weather with no shelter or way to escape, creates anxiety or panic in dogs.
- Tethered dogs create an “out of sight, out of mind” mindset for their owners. The majority of chained dogs, will get heartworm, or even worse when left outside!
Alternatives to chaining your dog:
- If you tie your dog because he is an escape artist, you can add a 45 degree angle extension to the top of your fence.
- If your dog is a digger, you can bury chicken wire 12 inches underneath the dirt. Or you can place rocks at the bottom of the fence.
- Barking and digging is generally a sign of a behavioral issue or lack of stimulation. Consider buying toys for them to play with or take them on 2-3 walks per day. If you work long hours, consider a doggy daycare to burn him down, or a dog walker!
If you come across a chained dog, please leave water, food and seek help from your local shelter or humane society! Some owners just can’t afford the necessary care for their dogs, and there are ample resources for education and care when this is the case.
Angela lives on the Northshore, with her goldendoodle – Daisy. She loves studying everything dog related, from trick training to canine enrichment!