Why you shouldn’t chain your dog
While the intentions behind this act may be innocent, unfortunately keeping a dog on a chain and restricting their freedom of movement can be extremely damaging to the health, well-being, and ability of the dog to properly socialize with humans and animals.
Boksburg SPCA manager Vicky Finnemore points out some of the problems with chaining and tethering a dog:
• Dogs can suffer physical damage from their continued attachment. Their necks can become rough and sore, and their collars can painfully penetrate their skin.
• They are vulnerable to insect bites and parasites.
• They present a high risk of entanglement or strangulation.
• They are vulnerable to harassment or attacks from other dogs or people.
• Tethered dogs can also suffer from irregular feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care and extreme temperatures.
• During rain and storms, these dogs often do not have access to shelter. During times of extreme heat, they may not receive enough water or protection from the sun.
• Owners who shackle their dogs are less likely to clean the containment area, forcing dogs to eat and sleep in an area contaminated with urine and feces.
• Chained dogs rarely receive affection and can develop behavioral problems such as aggression.
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According to Finnemore, without the freedom to walk, play and engage in their natural behaviors, dogs held in chains or tethers can get bored, lonely and depressed.
“Many owners who keep their dogs in chains often don’t realize the emotional damage this inflicts. Like us, they crave camaraderie and experience tremendous pain when forced to spend all of their time alone without freedom of movement, ”said Finnemore.
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