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Crating VS Chaining

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Sabrina, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Sorry Bullyful, part of your post confused me.

    :lol: The rest made perfect sense but the above confused me.
  2. Bullyful

    Bullyful Little Dog

    someone had mentioned that one of the reasons they couldn't chain is because they had free roaming cats, (I do too) fearing their cats might get too close etc.. sorry, I think some of my explanation stayed in my head and didn't quite reach the keyboard lol
  3. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Oh you mean your cats go outside, okay, gotcha! :lol:
  4. Bullyful

    Bullyful Little Dog

    Exactly, plus my new adopted pit has a very keen interest in my horses, obviously not being raised around them like my other pit, her actions would result in serious injury to herself or my horses were she to 'escape'.
  5. bostonitis

    bostonitis Good Dog

    I think it depends on the dog. I have seen dogs who LOVE their crates perhaps because it is their "safe spot", usually this is dogs that have anxiety issues. Other dogs who are much more active prefer chain spots. I think it totally depends on the dog but in no way do I think either is "cruel" if done properly (as with anything, hell feeding a dog raw can be cruel if you do it wrong ;) )
  6. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Yeah, that's a great way to put it bostonitis. (Can't remember your real name, sorry!)
  7. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    If I had to choose, I'd rather chain than crate. I just think that is what my dogs would prefer. I put myself in their place, and that's what I'd prefer! :lol: However, chaining in my state for an extended period of time is illegal.
  8. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Growing up my dogs always had chain spots and dog houses, and that's where they spent their day and were brought in at night. I never had a problem with it, and I still don't.

    If I didn't live in the hood, all 3 dogs would have a chain spot inside a kennel and would spend their days out there (depending on the weather) and come in at night. Unfortunately I live in the hood, and I like going outside with the dogs so I can watch them act dumb and chain smoke while I drink coffee or beer.
  9. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    :lol: OMG I have been messing everything up and just realized the error in the title of this thread!
    Can someone fix that?
  10. bostonitis

    bostonitis Good Dog

    Its Alicia, dont be offended I dont think I have ever said it on this forum other than in PM :lol:
  11. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    OOOO Ya.... we're VERY careful with the kids around the dogs on the tie ups. Raven knows to never go near them PERIOD when they are tied up so she doesn't accidentally get caught up in the tether. That could wind up very tragic. :eek:
  12. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Oh alright. Well nice to meet you Alicia, my name's Sabrina. :lol:

    Oh and BTW thanks Zoe. (It was you who changed it for me right?)
  13. Blaze N' Pits

    Blaze N' Pits Good Dog

    Oh ya, it def. hurts... I couldn't imagine a small child getting caught up in a tether, but I'm like the size of a 12yr old... so I guess I could somewhat understand lol.
  14. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    Nope it was me. :lol:
  15. King Rat

    King Rat Little Dog

    I don’t have a problem with either so long as they are not used excessively. I prefer to crate Spud when Im not home, though I try to keep the time he spends in his crate to a minimum.

    Like others have said I would worry about people trying to steal or hurt him. I would also worry about him hurting himself, he would either end up strangling himself or eating something stupid. He’s also a bit of an escape artist and I’m pretty sure he would get loose at some point. I would be worried about what he may do if someone comes in to my garden (postman, next doors children etc etc) he can get pretty territorial and while its never been tested I think he would attack a stranger in my garden. Anyway I’m just happier with him safely in his crate.
  16. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I think it all depends on the situation. And I accept that containment is part of proper management and a necessity.

    That said I don't actually like either option and have so far avoided situations where I have needed to choose.

    My Basset was an only dog and had the run of the house; that is actually my preference. Veronica is also an only dog. She would have had to be crated as a puppy because of her chewing (I'm less worried about my belongings than I am a honking big obstruction that would kill her); but luckily we have an in-law apartment and a Grammy (my mother) who fell in love with Veronica...so Veronica is literally never alone.

    If I had to choose though...

    In a way I prefer tethering. I don't actually like chains, I prefer cables - they just look more "comfortable"...but I like that the dog has more freedom and stimulation.

    But then it depends on where you are because I worry about poisoning, taunting, other animals, poisonous bugs/snakes/toads...basically the fact that the situation isn't 100% under my control.

    The of course with Veronica, because of her allergies, tethering would never be an option...one time when I was outside with her something bit/stung her and in 10 minutes she was blowing up like an oompa-loompa before my eyes and I had to rush her to the vet for a massive prednisone shot. So if I wasn't there...she could have ended up dead.

    On the other hand, I wouldn't want to see a dog crated 8 hours/day 5 days week. I know they sleep allot and it isn't the worst thing in the world...but still. And of course while the outdoors has it's dangers, the danger inside is the risk of a fire. Again, I would be more worried if I lived in an apartment complex with neigbors who's behavior I have no control over than if I was in a single family home. At least I know I'm cautious and wouldn't have a fire over a stupid, preventable reason.

    So that's my opinion, I don't like either option. I wouldn't have more dogs than I can manage to my satisfaction, which given my standards...has left me at...1 :lol:

    If I did suddenly acquire several dogs I would prefer to tether them under the right circumstances. If I aquired a second dog; I would prefer inside containment but I wouldn't crate...I would find a way for each dog to have a dog proofed safe room, securely separated from each other.
  17. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Good answers everyone.
    :lol: Jazzy, Bransens got alergies too. They're terrible, he has to take Clariten sometimes.
    But after discussing it with his vet I've decided this year, he is toughing it out. He's not a baby anymore!

    Oh, THANKS JEN! I assumed it was Zoe cause she was the only Mod who'd posted since I'd asked.
    I take that thank you back, Zoe! :lol:
  18. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    That happened to my friend (who's the only person I trust to watch my dogs). When she was younger she got caught up in her neighbor's dog's tether. Dog saw something chaseable, ran after it, and her ankle got cut open and the tether almost cut her Achilles tendon.
  19. CelticKarma

    CelticKarma Good Dog

    We crate, chain and kennel our dogs not to mention house time. It is a constant rotation here and we use all forms of containment at some point during the day. At night all dogs are brought in and crated.
  20. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    I think it is all relative, depending on your situation, how many dogs you have, and where you live.

    I'm thankful that I can be at home with Trigger. He is in his kennel (inside) when we go somewhere but we are never gone more then 2 hours, he is not kenneled when we are at home. We play 45 minutes outside, and he has free access to the yard which is fenced, but he is always supervised in the backyard.

    If I would ever have to leave him longer period of time I might consider chaining him up outside, depending on weather, and who has moved in the neighborhood as I don't trust some of our neighbors, either.

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