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Q: Do u ever think ur animal deserve better?

October 7, 2008 | By Tina B. | 10 answers | Expired: 2193 days ago

Tina B.

My whole thought I took a animal in that had been abandon. And i take care of him to the best of my ability. But I do not have a fenced in yard and he has to be on a chain. I feel very bad for this I don't like him being on a chain but I don't know what else I can do about it. I already have a big dog inside a little two bedroom trailer that is two small for us already so I can't keep him inside. I just feel like he deserves so much more than what I can give him. Does anybody else feel this way? Any thought on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Just need some advice.

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Oct 08, 2008

I feel the same way as the previous poster, and I never feel like my pup can do better. She has everything that a dog could possibly want. She goes to work with me, she has dog beds in just about every room in the house PLUS she is allowed on every bit of furnature. She has treats and toys and the unconditional love and attention of me and my husband (when hes not deployed). I also take her on 3 mile runs every other day and to the dog park every week. I don't think she could get much better, she's spoiled rotten.

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Kate L.
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Oct 08, 2008

I disagree with chaining dogs. I think you at least need to get a large chain-link kennel or a cable run. I understand if you are unable to have the dog inside while you are gone but I think the dog should be inside with you when you are home and spend the night there. It sounds like you genuinely love your dog but I don't feel like that is a very good life for a dog. If you are unable to make the dog a true part of your family, I would look for another home for him. I volunteer at Animal Services and, depending on where you live, I would not recommend bringing your to the "pound" because, at least in the Shelter where I volunteer, there would be a very high likelihood that your dog would be euthanized. It sounds like you want your dog to be happy, which I commend you for, hopefully you can make a better life for him, or find someone else who can. Good luck.

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Oct 07, 2008

I can't agree with tethering. I spend too much time rescuing dogs from these situations. Three dogs this week who are so happy to be off of a chain & in a nice comfortable house & a couple more that we're trying to find someone in the area who is brave enough to go get them. See DogsDeserveBetter.com
From the HSUS:
>Why is tethering dogs inhumane?
**Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.

>How does tethering or chaining dogs pose a danger to humans?
**Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.

>Why is tethering dangerous to dogs?
**In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and, in the worst cases, attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. Finally, dogs' tethers can become entangled with other objects, which can choke or strangle the dogs to death.

>Are these dogs dangerous to other animals?
**In some instances, yes. Any other animal that comes into their area of confinement is in jeopardy. Cats, rabbits, smaller dogs and others may enter the area when the tethered dog is asleep and then be fiercely attacked when the dog awakens.

>Are the areas in which tethered dogs are confined usually comfortable?
**No, because the dogs have to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in a single confined area. Although there may have once been grass in an area of confinement, it is usually so beaten down by the dog's pacing that the ground consists of nothing but dirt or mud.

>Why should a community outlaw the continuous chaining or tethering of dogs?
**Animal control and humane agencies receive countless calls every day from citizens concerned about animals in these cruel situations. Animal control officers, paid at taxpayer expense, spend many hours trying to educate pet owners about the dangers and cruelty involved in this practice.

A chained animal is caught in a vicious cycle; frustrated by long periods of boredom and social isolation, he becomes a neurotic shell of his former self—further deterring human interaction and kindness. In the end, the helpless dog can only suffer the frustration of watching the world go by in isolation—a cruel fate for what is by nature a highly social animal. Any city, county, or state that bans this practice is a safer, more humane community.

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daryl b.
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Oct 07, 2008

the best a good animal owner can do is make sure they have enough to drink and eat and lots of LOVE those are th three on the top of my list don't feel guilty as was stated better off on a chain with love then dean under the wheels of a truck. you saved that dog not hurt him

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Anonymous

Oct 07, 2008

I understand that you love your dog. it is best to keep him chained up than be dead in the street. Maybe you can train him to be an inside dog.

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Lupton
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Oct 07, 2008

You are doing your best to care for the dog but things don't always work out. If that is the case, surrender the dog to the humane society or try to find him a new home or make the best of it and keep doing what you are doing. Show him lots of love and affection.

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alissa o.
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Oct 07, 2008

I just think if you give your dog enough attention and play time they should be happy. make sure your dog gets enough exercise. My dog sleeps a lot of the day but we make sure she goes on a big walk or jog everyday.

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Anonymous

Oct 07, 2008

A simple post in the ground and a length of cable as long as your trailer, and the dog can be put on a run that avoids chaining. But, remember that dogs are pack animals and need plenty of interaction with either the other dogs, or with humans. You can get a dog run set at WalMart very cheaply, and if the park rules will not permit you to place a post, then a piece of 2x4 securely attached horizontally to the trailer can secure one end.

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Anonymous

Oct 07, 2008

I feel for your situation and am sure you have the dogs best interest at heart. However, I am against Chaining a dog. If you are having doubts about the dogs happiness and welbeing please try and find another home for him or build a pen. Just remember outside dogs need attention too. I am sure you will make the right choice. You are in my prayers and have my support.

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mandy r.
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Oct 07, 2008

I have talked to you a few times & know what a heart you have for animals! I trust that you would do your very best to give the best care imaginable for them. If you feel like this dog is suffering than you could try to find another home for him, but until then I am positive that the dog is just happy to be with someone who loves him & looks out for him.

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