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What's Your Take on Tethering?

What's Your Take on Tethering?

Seeing dogs tied to parking meters, trees, or street lamps is a common occurrence on my trip home after work. Many times a walk with the dog seems to include a run into a market, restaurant, or coffee shop. Now I totally understand that dog walks are a great time to think and, maybe, you suddenly remember you're out of toilet paper. Fine. But, I must be a totally overprotective mom, because I don't like to keep my crazy pooch out of my sight . . . mostly in fear that I'll come out to find him dragging the tree down the block or gone home with someone that couldn't resist his adorableness. Some states – California included – have laws that prohibit tethering dogs outside for more than a "reasonable period" which can mean up to three hours. Even though this law is mostly for backyard chaining, I'm curious how you feel about tying a pooch up outside a shop.

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j4everlasting j4everlasting 8 years
I'd never leave my dogs tied up outside in the city, too many people who may want to snatch them, and too many things other people (and animals) can do to hurt them. I just don't trust city folk. In the mountain town that we have our little cabin at, I do leave the dogs tied up outside. Most stores have leash hooks, water and treats available for dogs, plus there's usually a whole slew of people wondering about in the 'platzle' area, that I know they're safe. As for tieing a dog out any other time, when they're unattanded, I'm completely and totally against it. In the platzle, there are people to watch over them (plus most stores have big windows and you can keep an eye on them), but even in your own backyard, you never know what could happen.
backfat backfat 8 years
I don't have an issue with it, weather permitting, but I'd never do it with my own dog. I'm too afraid someone would take her. :(
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I don't think I'd ever tether a dog - worry me too much!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Never, I would be afraid someone would steal them!
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
If your dog is good at being tethered, then I think it is okay for a little bit (if the weather is good)... My pup is a houdini and would get out of her harness faster than I could blink if I left her on the street. No for me, but could be okay for some.
duplinger duplinger 8 years
I think it's better than having your dog running down the street terrorizing people, I dont mean in an aggressive way I mean some people are afraid of dogs. Also It might keep them from running into the street. As long as the dog isnt left for long periods of time I think anything longer than 10-15 mins when out walking. In the yard I would rather see a dog chained than having it jump the fence and getting into trouble. Some dogs are natural escape artists so I think teathering them up in that situation isnt wrong in your yard. as long as it isnt for hours at a time.
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
I never do it! One day, a guy tried to steal her from me so I never leave her alone in the street! ;)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
To be honest, I would probably go out of my way to ensure that I never had to leave my dog. If we were going to Starbucks, I'd call and order and ask them to bring it out, which I'm sure they would (and they'd definitely get a tip!). I would be too worried that my dog would get loose and lost, or stolen. I make a lot of personal convenience sacrifices for my cats. It's not always fun, but I feel like it's my duty to make their lives the best possible. Anyone who has ever had a cat sleeping soundly next to them or on them knows what I mean. That said, I wouldn't judge anyone who stepped inside for a coffee too harshly. A long time, like in your other post, is borderline animal cruelty IMO. Who even knows how dogs perceive time? Fourty minutes could have been like a week to that dog.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
I used to do it with my border collie Flash. She was so well trained though she wouldn't have gone with anyone unless I told her it was ok to move! This happened once with my cousin-I had told Flash to stay under a tree at a family cottage, and my cousin decided to take her for a walk...my girl was solid as a rock until someone in my immediate family told her it was ok to move :) I wouldn't do this in the city I'm in now though...too many weirdos!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I could never do it, either. I'd be too worried about my baby's safety. I'd take him or her home and THEN do the t.p. run.
miz66 miz66 8 years
I'd never do this to my dog but then again she's a Yorkie and if I tied her up to go in a shop she'd be gone when I got back. I used to tie up my Border Collie to go into shops but no one would've taken him the muzzle would would have put them off, he was a bit of a nipper.
Jewels2080 Jewels2080 8 years
I have neighbors who tether their bulldog and the dog loves it. She sits out in the open enjoying the weather. I on the other hand have a small dog and I would be afraid to leave her outside by herself because she loves people and could very easily be stolen.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
nope, i wouldn't do it. ever. i don't even like leaving them in the car to run into the store. there are too many people out there who steal dogs. my pups are my children (and they are gorgeous!). i'm sure someone would scoop them up in a second.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
I would be too afraid that someone would steal my dog.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Nope, couldn't do it. I've never seen a dog who looked happy about being tethered up in a strange place, surrounded by people they don't know.
linb linb 8 years
I don't tether my dog, but I don't live in a city either.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
My dog is friendly with no anxiety so if I'm going to run in somewhere quick where I can see her, and it's not too busy or crowded, it's ok. but for the most part i don't do it.
alllacedup alllacedup 8 years
Never done it. Blue would probably bite people because he's still very anxious around strangers. I'd trust Chip a little more but I'd hate to leave him alone! I'm not sure how I feel about it. If you have to run in for something, like if you forgot toilet paper I could see it. But where I'm from people intentionally take their dogs with them to coffee shops and then leave them tethered outside. I think you should just leave them home if you can't take them in.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I would like to be able to do this because part of our regular long weekend walk goes right by a Starbucks, but Brando's anxiety rules it out for me. He's such a people lover that in the midst of freaking out because I walked away, he'd also be trying to jump on and lick everyone who walks by. It'd be a messy situation, so for now my boyfriend and I walk him together whenever we need to grab something so one of us can stay with him. Also, based on how many comments we get whenever we take him out of the house, I have no doubt I'd have to put a lock on his leash and collar to prevent people from stealing him! :-P
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I've definitely done this a few times. Mostly when I've walked over to Starbucks or someplace similar and want to grab something to enjoy while sitting outside with my pup. I'll just run inside to grab whatever I need, and then we find a sunny bench or table to sit at and relax. I think the other patrons would prefer this than a people-crazy black lab charging around the store. However, there is also someone who regularly brings their dog to our favorite bar here in Atlanta and leaves him outside by himself all night. I'm not sure if the guy works there or what, but I always feel so bad for the poor dog. He has a blanket to lie down on, but he's out there for hours and he's always shivering cold and very nervous. I feel so bad for him - he'd be better off at home while his owner goes out for drinks! I mean, if you aren't going to interact with your dog, why bring him along in the first place?!?
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Portland is super dog friendly too but Cuba is a mini dachshund and gets protective over everything he see's so he would probably freak out. He is really cute so I would be afraid someone would try to whisk him away.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I've done this with Baz once, when I was taking him to the dog park on a Sunday morning and wanted to stop for a coffee. He has separation anxiety so he freaked out and probably woke the whole neighborhood so I won't do it again. But if he didn't freak out, I'd do it again - for like five minutes at a time, if I could see him through the window. I'm lucky that I live in such a dog friendly neighborhood, though. I didn't know it back then but there are plenty of coffee shops that let me bring him inside.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I do it sometimes...like with my Taz when i run into Tim's. She is ok. By the way, that is a gorgeous looking dog!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
No way!!!!!!!!!
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