Have A Heart For Chained Dogs Week
Okay! February 7-14. A One-Week Dog Holiday. During this week organizations and individuals use this time to create awareness, raise funds, house and shelter, feed, do good, supply, and try again to get things right for the doggies out there as we celebrate Have A Heart For Chained Dogs Week.
I have been particularly involved with answering care-based questions this week. I’ve written several small posts on what to do if you encounter a tethered dog in the cold weather. I’ve chatted about what happens to the dogs if an individual should choose to tether the dog in extreme heat. And, I’ve discussed the legal differences between the States. Where you live determines the actual legality of tying the dog out. I mean, if you are really interested, the differences are great. And the basics of tethering a dog, in my opinion…are sub-par. Personally, I do not feel that tethering the dog is required.
Confession. I tethered Sophia at the Banfield office, post-veterinary visit, while removing my wallet from my book bag to avoid her leaping from my arms onto the counter and toppling the displays and treats, and fighting with the Jack Russell Terrier – also checking out. Well – the doctor adheres that shiny brace at the counter next to the credit card machine because they KNOW the pups become hard to control just at this point. I am no saint- I did do it so that I could pay and leave.
After that, I do not agree. For the 45 seconds that I instituted that control, I was not sorry. Not one bit. She wasn’t uncomfortable. There was no need to sit, I didn’t step left or right, every pet parent displayed relief [Sophia is a handful – really!] and off we went. However, that is the convenience allowed us in polite society. How long does this go on for some dogs?
There are dog owners that chain and tether their dogs to death. To death. So, quickly… I’ll ask
How long can a dog be chained up?
Well, it depends.
According to me – the dog doesn’t need to be tethered. A pet parent should take the dog along whenever possible. The best way to increase the likelihood of your dog being able to go with you most places legally is by obtaining an ESA – USE THIS ==> http:thedoggyperspective.com/311w
however, your location is important too.
Again, How long can a dog be chained up?
The standard textbook answer is ‘An owner, possessor, or person having custody shall not tether a dog unless the tether is at least 3 times the length of the dog and is attached to a harness or non-choke collar designed for tethering for more than 14 hours during a 24-hour period.’
THAT IS THE BARE MINIMUM. It-still sucks.
Law is different if your home is in California vs Texas vs Florida.
The rules are different for intensive confinement. The laws differ for long-term restraint. There are rules for tethering dogs at night.
So….14 hours if you must. Depending upon where you are.
If a dog owner isn’t going to respect this and goes far enough to the point of abuse, I need to ask…
How bad could the wound become if an individual tethers the dog improperly?
I know this is drastic guys, but decapitation is one answer. Or spinal cord severing is another answer that happens. Yep. So….
Again, this is just my opinion, tethering should be avoided.
From Our Table
Listen, this is a winner – plain and simple. I really enjoyed this one and I highly recommend this product. I hope the experience is as great for your little fur baby as it is for my Sophia. I began shopping for this one online at chewy.com while grabbing supplies for Sophia. Just stocking up on shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, Greenies, bows, that type of thinking & I researched Nulo. Not being 100% convinced, I decided to pick it up in town where I could compare and ask more questions. The packaging is smart. Clean, crisp, fresh. Typically, I transfer Sophia’s feed but I felt the bag brightened things up a bit. The kibble size is perfect for her mouth and she liked it well enough. The serving suggestion is way smaller for a dog of 15 lbs. 1/2 cup – 1 cup only. What a savings. So, the spelt gives the dog a feeling of fullness and that does it. To help her transition all I did was give her a few extra hugs. I am not saying that at first she wasn’t looking for more food. She was. But, she did well. I waited one month to review the food exactly. Her skin and coat have responded beautifully. The spelt has many benefits. It’s a wheat. If your dog has allergies this is an excellent buy. If your dog is diabetic this is worth it.
If you check on the history of the spelt grain, it is ancient. It goes all the way back to 5000 BC. It used to be a staple in Europe. People hulled the wheat and used it for flour. You might also know this as dinkel wheat. Humans consumed it to control diabetes. So if your dog is wheat-intolerant spelt flour might be a very good product to switch it out with. They’ll be less likely to have a problem with it.
What I noticed about Sophia? Energy. She feels good. It’s the middle of winter and she is full throttle. I wonder what you’ll notice about yours? Let us know. Star Rating 5 stars. Some sites show 4.6 stars. Jacquelyn says 5 Stars for sure! I paid $9.99 for 3 pounds up at the Pet People store. I gave you my link at chewy.com. You can still get auto-shipping discounts and be sure to sign up for rakuten.com first. I always leave those links for YouTube viewers but now they are here at the Blog. Here it is. What’s gonna happen is a free sign up. This doesn’t cost money. Then, when you shop somewhere online, the Rakuten logo will pop up and show you how much cash back you’ll receive when you purchase whatever you were going to anyway.
Simple right? That’s it! Thank you! Leave me a comment. See you next time.