I am reading this and everyone is talking about this as if it were as simple as penning vs tethering. Most reputable breeders do use kenneling, you can't dig under a kennel if installed properly because they will be mounted to concrete with 150 sq. ft. of room with proper shelter and the dogs are removed routinely for cleaning and excercise. They also won't try to chew their way out if they aren't forced to spend their entire lives in a kennel, dogs require socialization and interaction to remain mentally stable.
I don't see anyone here as being a "reputable" breeder. There are very few of those in this country. If you've never been to an animal shelter on euthanasia day, you won't have a clue about what I'm saying here.Pure bred pit bulls, great danes, german shepherds, labrador retrievers, akitas, mastiffs, golden retrievers, english sheepdogs, doberman pinchers, rottweilers, poodles, chihuauas and every other dog you can imagine are killed every single day in this country and still we have people breeding dogs that call themselves "reputable breeders" It's insane.
As far as tethering a dog " responsibly " that's a contradiction in terms. Unless the dog is tethered for elimination purposes, and is not left un-attended, what could be responsible about it ? Leaving a dog chained outside as a primary means of confinement is cruel. Whether it makes them mean or not should not be the issue. Whether they are happy to be a lawn ornament or not should be the only issue.
And yes, keeping them chained as a means to prevent unwanted pregnancy is a joke. Just as recently as this week we had to talk to a young man about his dog who has been chained in a backyard where she was impregnated by multiple stray dogs and gave birth to a litter of 8 puppies. This was the sweetest dog I've ever met and I know she deserves better than that !
Emotions ? You bet, but I've also done my research on this subject and I know that if it is inconvenient for you to build a safe fenced area for your dog(s) and you won't take your dog(s) into your home to be a part of your family or you can't afford to keep your dog safe ( and there is nothing safe about being trapped and vulnerable at the end of a chain ) you should have no right to own a dog.
Owning a dog should not be an ilaienable right, but a revocable priveledge.
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