Gut Rumbles

June 23, 2006

I agree... kinda

Chaining a dog up is cruel. You teach a puppy. My German Shepherds know their yard and stay. Because they were taught that. If you must confine a dog, than use a chain link enclosed run. Hope he's got some shade and fresh water.

Posted by MM at June 22, 2006 07:04 PM

I've never liked the idea of keeping a dog chained to a tree, either, but it's better than letting it run wild, raid people's garbage cans and get its fool self killed in the street. Still, I think if you want to keep an outdoor dog, you ought to fence your yard. Have it spayed or neutered, too.

That "teaching them boundaries" works just fine until a female goes into heat anywhere within three miles of an ungelded male. If a male dog gets a whiff of ripe coochie in the wind, he'll forget all about those "boundaries" and follow his dick wherever it leads him. Hell, sometimes they'll even climb a six-foot cyclone fence when pussy nature calls.

I did know a guy once who set up a pretty good rig for his dog, though. He ran a small line of four-strand wrapped cable, the kind you see used for guy wires on power poles and such, between two trees about 20 yards apart in his yard and kept his dog hooked to that on a sliding tether that allowed the dog to roam pretty much all over the yard, and that worked pretty good until the dog figured out a way to hang himself on it.

I just don't like seeing a dog tied up like that, whether he ends up being hanged or not.

The best thing I EVER saw to keep a dog in its yard was that "invisible fence" thing that you bury underground and then put a shock collar on the dog. When that jolt of electricity bites him on the neck a couple of times, he learns real quick where the boundaries are, and he won't cross them again.

In fact, one neighbor I knew when I had my mini farm got to the point that he didn't even keep his invisible fence powered up after a while. He had TWO dogs, who learned their lessons the hard way and remembered them.

I was amused to watch them come barking and raising hell to the edge of the yard and suddenly STOP DEAD and decide to do their barking from right where they were. Once or twice burnt, they learnt. You couldn't lure them across that invisible Line of Pain with a chunk of raw steak, even when the line didn't exist anymore.

That may sound just as cruel and heartless as chaining a dog to a tree, but it's a hell of a lot better than having to scrape your dog off the road with a shovel or ending up in court because YOUR "loose" dog got carried away and bit a child on a bicycle in the street.

I still say, however, if you want an outside dog, fence your yard.


I'm sure that you'll hear howls of indignation about how cruel a wireless fence is. Sometimes there is no perfect solution to a situation and one must weigh what they are able to do the best fits the situation and demonstrates responsibility. Chaining a dog might seem cruel and heartless until you think about the countries that consider dogs to be a food source.

Posted by: Susie T on June 23, 2006 06:40 PM

An invisible fence won't save your'e poochie's butt from something outside your invisible fence coming in. Watch a Chesapeake Retriever hit the invisible fence line at full speed, rubberneck around and then try to decide if he wants to try to come back home. It's great for sissy dogs but not for me. Get a god damn fence. Tying up is bad too because it can't defend itself from shit coming in the yard.

Posted by: Chris on June 23, 2006 06:45 PM

I love my invisible fence. However, I didn't let the dogs discover the shock. I trained them to the fence first thing in the morning and then at night for 2 solid weeks. I wasn't going to let my babies run around getting shocked uneccesarily.

It's worked like a charm for ten years.

Posted by: Sue Bob on June 23, 2006 07:25 PM

I live far enough from civilization that my dog runs "free." She may visit the neighbors - about a half mile away, but never gets much further. The next closest place is a mile and a half, but she doesn't go that far. She is smart enough to know not to be on the road or chase cars - which are pretty scarce out here anyhow.

The civilized world is twelve miles away. Just right.

Posted by: Jeffro on June 23, 2006 07:32 PM

The ugly little dog, a/k/a terrorist, that owns that kid of mine is not fazed in the least by the invisible fence.

I imagine there are many dogs like her: protection and chase being innate.

The little dog may have learned the hard way, but she has learned is obedience.

Nature, you can't always control it, but you sure can try

Posted by: Pam on June 23, 2006 09:47 PM

Chris is right about certain dogs and invisible fences. Namely hunting/sporting breeds. If one sees a rabbit (or whatever they have been bred for) through the "invisible line", the threat of a little shock isn't going to stop it from giving chase.

The people a few houses down from me had a dog that was trained to stay behind the invisible fence. Worked great for a few years until he saw something on the other side of the road that he wanted. Poor thing was Rachel Corried.

Worst thing is, the tools went out and got another dog of the same breed. And, as you may have already guessed, they are relying on the same invisible fence.

Posted by: rightisright on June 23, 2006 10:58 PM

My sister has the invisible fence.

Since I'm kind of a jerk, this made me laugh. She forgot her dog had her collar on and put her in the car and drove over the fence. It was pretty funny, in a sick, cruel way.

Posted by: Veeshir on June 24, 2006 10:58 AM

I love the way people comment on here like they know all there is to know about "every-single-dog-on-the-planet-in-all-places-at-all-times".

Every dog breed is different, each with their quirks strengths. And each individual dog is different as well.

Siberians tend to laugh at the invisible fence. Hell, some laugh at real fences as they bound right over or tunnel right under them - or even just open the latch to the gate and walk right out.

Posted by: Roy on June 25, 2006 05:31 PM

Roy - My huskie is freakin' Houdini.
No fence can keep him in.

Posted by: jimmyb on June 26, 2006 10:36 PM
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