Have A Heart For Chained Dogs Week

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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.



And then


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


Nulo Frontrunner Ancient Grains Chicken, Oats & Turkey Adult Dry Dog Food

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.

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  1. I can think of only one or two occasions when I have tied up our dog but as was the case for the situation you described, this was only for the time necessary to take care of something that needed both hands and to avoid her harming herself. It never ceases to amaze and dismay me to think of the extent to which uncaring people can tether their dogs in all weathers and situations. On the subject of dinkel-bread, this was one of my favorites when I lived in Germany as it is quite common there. I was not aware though that it is suitable for people with diabetes but clearly if the main ingredient works for people with diabetes then it will work for dogs who suffer the same ailment. Our puppy is still young and we are doing our best to ensure she only gets a healthy diet.

    • 🌼Andy – Good for you to be thinking of the puppy’s health already. One thing I know for certain is that she won’t be tethered👍. Your observation on uncaring people is keen. It simply seems commonsense that one’s personal level of discomfort is exactly the same for the dog. True? The good news is – there are laws against uncaring people, Andy. On dinkel and spelt – it is amazing that this particular grain is able to save lives and resolve the issue of wheat intolerance in dogs. Please visit the Blog again to leave us more comments like this one. 🙂Thank you.

  2. Freedom is the right and responsibility of every individual. It is the natural right of a human being to be allowed to live his/her life without any kind of restraint from others. The dog also has a similar right to a life free of any sort of control from others. However, sometimes a dog has to end up on a leash in public places. This could be a result of many reasons such as: The dog is found to be in danger, The dog has been caught on suspicion for any given reason and/or The dog has gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd and has gotten himself/herself into trouble. In such cases, it would be good if you could find out what really happened before your dog ends up in such a situation and you are thinking of taking your pet to a shelter or pound.

    • 🌼Zoltan Nagy – Agreed, agreed, agreed! All of the reasons that you’ve cited are excellent reasons for controlling the animal. For safety purposes, yes of course! Muzzles and collars, harnesses, and leashes should be applied – please do! That is wonderful and respectful to all involved. That action saves lives, doesn’t it? Whereas tethering and chaining lead to forgetfulness – out of sight and out of mind – on and on as the article states. Dogs do require leadership. Without their owners, dogs haven’t got much direction, I believe. But, within that pet/owner, owner/pet relationship, I agree with you that there should be as much freedom from control as possible. Well said, Zoltan Nagy!

  3. I am an animal lover and completely agree that tethering dogs is unnecessary and a tough way to treat dogs or any animal.

    Great information found throughout and particularly interested in the dog food suggestion as it’s easy for dogs to chew on, relatively cheap, and provides energy and health to your dogs, which is something worth getting – many thanks!

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