The Backyard Dog Dilemma
What You Should Know
*Dog Behavior of the
most widely held misconception about dogs is the belief that they
will be healthy and happy living in the backyard only. Nothing is further from the truth. Current studies in psychology show that dogs
isolated in backyards are highly likely to develop serious behavior
problems. Many will often
result with a problem resulting in euthanasia for the animal.
Dogs are Pack
Animals Thriving on Companionship
Dogs are Den
Animals. They like safe,
quiet and secure
places to sleep, hangout and rest.
Problems When Left Outside.These dogs are Harder to Train
Are Not Guard Dogs (guard
dogs are trained for that purpose)
.They Have a
Higher Rate of Euthansia
Dogs are social,
more so than humans. Denied
access to human living space can result
in behavior and health problems.
YOU are the dogs' pack and
he wants to be with his pack. Forcing your dog to live outside with little
or no human companionship is one of the most psychologically damaging
things a pet owner can do to his dog.
Never Tie or Chain Your Dog
chained or tied outside suffer extreme frustration, which can result
in hyperactivity and/or aggression against you, your family or friends.
tied up cannot escape from other animals or people who mean to do
that are tied can easily become entangled and do bodily harm to
themselves.If he tried to become a fence jumper he can hang himself.
kick him out because you think he is un-trainable, unruly or because
it is good for him to be outside.
Instead, take the time to make him a part of your family,
a part of your pack.
Who says tethering
or chained dogs is inhumane?
Humane Society of the United
States, and numerous experts, U.S.
Department (USDA) issued a statement in the July 2, 1996 Federal
Register against tethering.
Aren't chained or
tethered dogs treated well?
dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate
veterinary care, and extreme temperatures.
During extreme heat they may not receive adequate water or
protection from the sun. People
don't spend much time if any with them when it rains, is windy,
too cold or too hot.
are often neurotic in behavior, which makes it difficult to approach
them. Chained dogs are very rarely given even the
minimal affection. They become more "part of the scenery" and can become
easily ignored by their owners.
Are the areas in
which these dogs are confined comfortable?
dogs have to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate in a single confined
area. Owners who chain their dogs are also less likely
to clean the area. Although
where there may
been grass at one time, the area usually is so beaten down by the
dog's pacing that the ground consists of nothing but dirt or mud
when it rains.
chained animal is caught in a vicious cycle of frustration by long
periods of boredom
and social isolation.
He becomes a shell of his former
self. No human interactions and kindness. In the end, the helpless dog suffers the frustration
of watching the world go by in isolation. This is a cruel fate
for what is by nature a highly social animal.
What can I do?
first and foremost that your dog is a pack animal and looks to you
for leadership and love.
Give your dog a chance to be your friend
Your dog is a pack animal needing others around him.
Don't make the backyard your dog's only home.
Make him part of your family
Keep your dog with you! Your
dog should have living space whenever you are home.
This includes sleeping inside your house at night.
He can lay next to you when you
watch T.V. at your computer, or sleep near you.
These things are very important to his mental well being.
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