People tether dogs for a variety of reasons; solutions are available.
Passive cruelty. Neglect. Ignorance. These are all terms that can be used to describe the act of leaving a dog on a rope or chain, or even in a yard alone and isolated, for long periods.
Dogs, like humans, are social creatures and require the companionship of their "pack." Without the benefit of companionship and socialization it accords, dogs can become neurotic, depressed or aggressive.
Dogs are social creatures who need to be part of a family. Banishing them to life on a chain is cruel and dangerous.
Left alone and exposed, dogs will become fearful, aggressive, anxious and desperate, putting anyone who comes close at risk.
Left alone for hours, days and months on a chain can cause immense
psychological damage to the dog. As well, a tethered dog can become
tangled and choke to death.
Dog tethering information and resources
The BC SPCA has developed a resource kit to help you bring the dog back into the family and important resources to help you learn more about this problem and how you can avoid this behaviour.
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