Keeping dogs safe, physically & mentally healthy should be every dog owner's goal......
Reasons Why We Confine Dogs:
- To prevent our dogs from escaping while we are not at the kennel.
- To keep our dogs as happy and comfortable as possible, with as much room as possible, while they are in their state of confinement.
Tethering VS Kennel Runs:
My kennel is set up so that I can keep my dogs safe and healthy, and to provide them with whatever environment they require. Most of my adult dogs are tethered, however I do have individual kennel runs set up that are 10’ X 20’ (200 square feet) which are used for puppies, dogs that are injured/sick (but healthy enough to continue to live outside under careful watch). Every dog enjoys “free time” where they are let off their tethers to play, however there are some dogs that just can’t handle group plays, so instead of keeping them on the tethers we will put them in a kennel run with another dog they get along with so they can also enjoy free time. Kennel runs also come in handy for other things, but for the most part tethering is the best way of confinement for these working dogs. Chain tethering set-ups, when professionally-configured, offer the dogs 2-10X the amount of room to move about, the dogs don’t have to be behind bars, and these configurations also allow us to walk right up and give our dogs attention and love without having to open and close a bunch of doors.
Average Kennel Run Dimensions
6’ x 10’ = 60 sq ft of living space
10’ x 10’ = 100 sq ft of living space
10’ x 12’ = 120 sq ft of living space
10’ x 20’ = 200 sq ft of living space
Average Chain Tethering Dimensions
6’ Chain = 113 sq ft of living space
8’ Chain = 201 sq ft of living space
10’ Chain = 314 sq ft of living space
12’ Chain = 452 sq ft of living space
Here are some PROS about tethering:
- Less sense of confinement for the dog
- Dogs are close enough to each other to socialize, but have the ability to have their “alone time” without being bothered by another dog.
- Less chance of dogs escaping (once a dog learns how to scale a fence, they will continue to do so, and in some instanced teach others how to.
- More human interaction VS the same number of dogs in separate kennels. It is easier to walk through the yard and play with each one, rather than having to open and close 10+ doors.
- Easier to monitor them on an individual basis (eating/drinking/pooping/behavior etc.)
- Bad habits (like fence fighting) are less likely to happen
- Dogs can run around, play and socialize, and use the bathroom whenever they need to
Still think tethering is “cruel”? Let’s take a look at some questions:
1. If you had to be confined, which would you rather be confined in:
A. a 60 sq ft living space on hard concrete? (or a 120 sq ft living space on hard concrete?) Or
B. would you instead choose to live within 314+ sq ft living space on soft earth?
2. Would you enjoy being permanently behind bars in a cage, in your smaller space on the harder surface where you can’t be petted by your owner either?
3. Would you enjoy being out in the open, where you can still investigate nature and where you can jump on your beloved owner and be petted every time he/she walks by you?
What gives tethering a bad name? Dogs that are neglected, tied on and basically forgotten about? You really think the “chain” is responsible for the neglect? Dogs are locked in crates and neglected, perhaps we should ban all crates and kennels! People who think that banning and restricting tethering of dogs is going to solve the abuse and neglect are terribly wrong. It is NOT the tether that neglects the dog, it is the owner. The same owner that will neglect that dog if it wasn’t tethered. I think the real problem are the people that leave their dogs in crates all day, over feed and under exercise them and then judge other people for using a chain tethering set-up. Do I believe that all dogs should be tethered? Not at all! However my kennel consists of working dogs. They are trained, fed, exercised and properly taken care of to ensure they have the best quality of life!
Here are some links for more information about proper tethering and the benefits it has on a dogs behavior and health!