Quoted from the American Dog Breeders Association. Scientific evidence will also prove that tethering a dog is the safest and most humane way to contain them.
Just remember, as soon as anti-tethering legislation is well established, it is time to start the anti-crate containment. Then it is time to pitch a fit about leaving your dog alone in the yard, and
then leaving it alone all day in the house. Equating confinement with cruelty is the strategy of the ARistas. Any argument that you make against tethering, can be made against any other form of confinement.
You all have seen dogs exhibiting barrier frustration running up and down a fence barking aggressively. This makes a dog as aggressive as tethering so it will need to be legislated against as well. The
cycle will not end until no one can keep dogsmission accomplished.
The truth is, a dog is not made aggressive by a type of confinement. It is a temperament issue. Guard/territorial dogs are more likely to exhibit aggression when confined since they have been selectively bred to be protective of their territory. Foxhounds, huskies, beagles hardly ever will show aggression as they are social dogs who were raised in groups and aggression was highly undesirable and selected
against. Training and socialization will curb aggression in your guard breeds (they learn what is acceptable and neednt be guarded against). Undersocialized territorial breeds will be aggressive; undersocialized social dogs will usually be timid and submissive when approached.
A dog with a territorial temperament will display aggression no matter where it is confined (house, car, crate, yard, tethered). A social temperament will respond in a friendly manner no matter where it is
Tethering is preferred by me. Gives the dog more space, can be on dirt (dogs love dirt where they can dig and snoot around in it), can put out a kiddie pool for splashing, can move around move than in a
kennel, feel the breeze and sunlight, roll on the grass, sniff the outdoor scents, mark on things; in other words, do doggy things that it cannot do inside the house. You also have more contact with the dog when working outside as the dog is right there to be petted than behind a fence or in a kennel. If you have more than one dog, tethering allows more interaction between dogs without a barrier. I
do not believe in EVER leaving dogs together alone unsupervised. But tethering allows the dogs to interact with one another without full body contact so prevents fight injuries if for some reason a fight might break out. A friend of mine had one of her OTCH champion Papillions killed by her other OTCH champion, a sibling in while they were in their backyardit was devastating. The dogs had been together for years and were close buddies, but this particular day, something happened.
A dog on a 15 ft. tether has 706.5 square feet to move around in. This also facilitates hygiene making it easier to clean and to rotate the dog to different areas. Ground is softer than concrete which for
dogs that chew up their beds, is a health concern.
Even the U.S. government uses this form of containment for their sled
dog teams in Denali.
Tethering is NOT an issue. It is a way of safely confining a dog. Neglect is an issue, lack of training/socialization is an issue, lack of shelter and water is an issue; but containing a dog on a tether is
NOT. It is a perfectly acceptable, humane, and dog-friendly way of containment. ANY ARGUMENT MADE AGAINST TETHERING CAN BE MADE AGAINST ANY OTHER FORM OF CONTAINMENT......AND WILL BE EVENTUALLY. Remember the goal.....total animal liberation from human use.
It is curious that man has been tethering dogs for thousands of years, and man and dog have flourished just wonderfully together, and now all of a sudden it is cruel. Neglect is cruel. Tethering is not.
Furthermore, anti-tethering laws only lead to more stray dogs getting loose, as dogs can dig and climb out of cages, kennels, and kennel runs.
So all you stupid humaniacs, where is your argument now?
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