Why You Should Not Tie Your Dog
It is not this article but United States Department of Agriculture, USDA that says tethering a dog is inhumane! You will realize worst changes, that your dog is never the same when tethered on a stationery object for hours, days or months as some dog owners are fond of doing.
Tethered dogs experience the following difficulties:
o Poor interactions; will only look at other dogs walking around freely in the compound and only get a feeling of rejection and alienation. This may affect its interaction with other dogs even after it has been released from the ‘detention’.
o Unhealthy; a tethered dog bears extremes of temperatures, poor feeding, lack of water, lack of exercise and general freedom. This makes it develop some malignant problems for instance skin problems, infestation by pests like fleas and general body weakness.
o Less vicious; instead of viciousness, a tethered dog becomes very wild, less confident and dangerous. This is as result of undergoing a lot of threats when animals or people perceived as threats passes nearby and the dog cannot help it other than fight wildly in self defense.
However, tethering a dog should not be confused with walking the canine on a leash.
These are two different practices. Walking your dog on a leash is basically recommended if you feel your dog is vicious enough to cause harm to people or other animals when let free.
The reasons as to why dogs change after long periods of tethering include:
Alienation; most tethered dogs are neglected when it comes to feeding and exercising. This makes the dog psychologically tortured, unhealthy and vulnerable. When it lacks food, the dog will grow weak and susceptible to diseases.
Perceived threats; when a dog is tethered near public passes, it develops a feeling of threats all around and can fight and bite anyone including children in self defense. The best way to rear dogs is to give them freedom but within the confinement of home compound.