Saturday Survey: Should it be illegal to chain a dog outside?

March 6, 2010 · Print This Article

I posted earlier this week about new laws being proposed (and some old laws already on the book) which would make it illegal to chain your dog outside in certain circumstances.  Here’s your chance to weigh in on the issue.  Are these laws a good thing?


Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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14 Responses to “Saturday Survey: Should it be illegal to chain a dog outside?”

  1. debbie mcgarrigle on March 6th, 2010 5:26 pm

    hi i have a dog 12mths old and hes keps getting out through fence which needs replacing and we are in the process of doing that so i put dog oon chain for a while then take him off and play with him take hi for walk and when i go out i put him back on chain as im svared he will get run over only till the fence i done

  2. Wes on March 7th, 2010 1:43 am

    Where I come from if your dog is out side then you chain them up when you are going to be gone for a while, cause that is what we used to do with my dog. And any other time he was off the chain and could run and play in the yard, and even when he was chained he could still get to his food and water bowl, and his dog house. And he was just fine!.

  3. BestFriendsMom on March 7th, 2010 12:46 pm

    I just wish every dog could have a fenced yard. I am also a big fan of doggy doors so that a dog can go outside when they want or need to. Betsy and Norman each have a doggy door because Betsy use to lie in front of the door and would not let Norman back inside or outside…so now he has his own door on the other side of the house. I just found a great website…www.unchaindogs.net they build fences for dogs who are chained up.

  4. The Dog Lady on March 8th, 2010 5:22 am

    Go Betsy! I love a sassy dog!

  5. BestFriendsMom on March 8th, 2010 10:19 am

    Then you would definitely love Betsy!! She is sassy and bossy! She runs her dog toy store with an iron paw.

  6. Donna on March 11th, 2010 7:39 pm

    I really don’t like to see dogs chained up but if it is temporary it’s probably not a big deal. If you keep your dog outside a fenced yard is what you need. Some dogs will bark if they are tied up and we do need to be considerate of our neighbors. Other considerations if your pet is left outside is a place to go, like a dog house to keep warm in the winter months and cool in the summer and water should always be available. Doggy doors are perfect so your buddy can come and go if that is what you want. You can purchase the kind that has color coding on your dog’s collar and only your dog is able to get in and it locks behind so that you don’t get any unwelcome visitors.

  7. Golden Lover on March 13th, 2010 2:01 pm

    Mine wants to be outside all the time all seasons but winter. He doesn’t want to come in the house alot. But of course when its too hot he is inside do doubt about it. So what we did was ran a cable from the garage to the front yard which is divided by a huge driveway and he can go back and forth and side by side and have his freedom. He has his bed in the garage just in case it rains he can come in the garage to keep dry. We keep the garage door open half way so he can go in and out when he wants.

  8. VitaHound Staff on March 16th, 2010 10:35 pm

    Why not, Our company is based in Arizona with temperatures around 110, dogs suffer when outside. If they are chained up their ability to move out of a dangerous spot temperature wise could become a factor in their well being. The law would cause inconvenience to some, I believe if inconvenience is an issue skip being responsible for any type of pet.

  9. Nancy Hairfield on March 26th, 2010 9:56 pm

    My concern is for dogs tied up in the front yard. This leaves them feeling defenseless when people or animals come near. Children can also tease the dog. This ultimately can lead to a defensively vicious dog. If it is a short term solution then I guess it is ok but leaving them inside in a crate or xpen would be better.

  10. Greg Mull on March 29th, 2010 10:54 am

    dog on chain, ends up with less that a foot of chain BECAUSE IT’S WRAPPED AROUND THEIR NECK AND THE POST OR THE TREE.

    if you love your dog, build a fence. I use an underground fence. My dogs have full run of the lawn (1 1/2 acre), water on the cool and sunny side of the house.

    PLAY, PLAY PLAY.

    MY BLOODHOUNDS ARE SMART. WHEY KNOW WHERE THE FENCE (BOUNDARY) IS. THEY DON’T TEST IT ANYMORE.

    I WILL SAY, THESE DOGS ARE SOOOO SMART, IF THEY SEE OR MAINLY
    S. M. E. L. L. SOMETHING (LIVE GAME) THAT THEY WILL BEAR THE TINGLE AND GO ON AND CROSS IT… JUST AS QUICKLY THEY WILL BEAR THE JIGGLE AGAIN TO COME HOME. THEY’RE COMFORTABLE HERE SO THERE’S NO WAY THEY WOULD GET OUT TO JUST TO WANDER THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

    THEY’RE NOT RUNNING AWAY. THEY KNOW THEIR BOUNDARIES.

    AND I WOULD NEVER CHAIN MY DOGS TO POSTS OR TREES.

    THE PERSON THAT FEELS LIKE THEIR DOG IS FINE ON A LAWN CHAIN SHOULD TRY IT THEMSELVES.. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BOWLS OF WATER GO OVER, OR WORSE, OUT OF RANGE.

    HOW ABOUT IF IT RAINS AND YOUR PET LIVES IN HIS OWN MUD HOLE, MADE BECAUSE HE’S WORN THE GRASS OFF RUNNING IN A TIGHT CIRCLE

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT KIND OF STRESS AND DISTORTIONS CAN (I’VE SEEN IT PERSONALLY) PILE ON YOUR PET WHEN HE’S KISSING TREE BARK AND THAT’S AS SECURE AS HE GETS. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH STRESS-BARKING HAPPENS TO YOUR PET.

    GO TO LOWES AND BUY POSTS AND WIRE FENCE AND BUILD A PEN. IF YOU CAN EVEN BUILD A 15X15′ PEN, AT LEAST THE ANIMAL CAN FEEL FREE, COMPARED TO KISSING THE TREE. SHOOT, GET ONE OF THE PRE-FAB CHAIL LINK RUNS. YOU CAN EVEN PUT THE PEN AROUND YOUR FAVORITE TREE!

    I BELIEVE A DOG’S FEELINGS ARE AS STRONG AS OURS AND CAN BE PERMANENTLY HURT UNLESS THEY HAVE SOME REALISTIC/CONTROLLED .

    I KNOW THEY ARE DOGS. THAT GIVES US OWNERS SOME LATITUDE. I’D RATHAR SPEND MY DOG’S LATITUDE WORKING OUT SOME BAD HABITS
    THAN GETTING HIM TO CALM DOWN AFTER HE’S OFF THE CHAIN.

  11. VitaHound Staff on July 13th, 2010 4:13 pm

    Our organization VitaHound is based in Arizona, our temperatures in the summer are deadly simply by being outside without shade the exposure can easily be lethal. I was surfing dog sites for little blogging and noticed the amount of abuse that exist is disturbing. Anyway I started this morning with the intention of blogging on dog health except the dog abuse articles reminded me of an incident that recently happened in Arizona. Being an AZ native and owner of a few successful businesses I have followed other AZ business guys and girls. An amazingly successful person named Dan Harkins, founder of Harkins Theaters has been a business and Arizona family guy I have done business with and maintained a fair amount of respect until he left his dog in a hot car. I have rarely been compelled to attempt to damage a persons character however VitaHound’s efforts in dog abuse awareness have made me highly unsympathetic to anyone who abuses these animals. Therefor I have changed my blogging efforts today to shinning sum exposure on dog abusers. Start here google “Dan Harkins Leaves Dog in Car”.

  12. Toni Pakay on January 5th, 2011 10:33 pm

    I also live in Arizona our summers in the shade are116 degrees, any animal or
    human will perish quickly in Arizona’s summer heat. Most people work and can’t leave Fido inside all day then a doggie door is the best choice , If not possible a shaded area with a wading pool full of water is a necessity. It’s dangerous to chain a dog up due to entanglement even if it’s only for a short period of time. All pet’s should be fed, provided a clean comfortable area to live in, they should be loved and played with and in return they will be your best friend and protector.
    I believe there should be legislation in effect re: animal neglect and cruelty, even if it mean’s more government involvment, because some people seem to be incapable of providing there pet’s with a livable environment.

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