Why do people get dogs just to leave them chained 24/7?
I notice that many people get dogs and just leave them hooked to chains all the time. What is the point? Why bother even getting one to begin with? Is this something that is done everywhere?
Perhaps they need to feel superior to someone or something, so they get a dog but find they can only control it by keeping it confined. I don't know--it's a pretty sad scenario whatever their reason for doing it.
I see this too and I do not have a good answer. I think a lot of people have good intentions but have not done enough research about how to handle a dog, the time it takes to train and control a dog and the best dog for your household.
When I was very young, about 8, I had an uncle, without checking with my parents gave me a six month old German Shepard. By that age, the dog is full grown physically but still has puppy behavior. I had said I had wanted one, because I watch reruns of Rin Tin Tin every day. It was not the right dog for our house, we really could not afford the upkeep and we had to chain him up a lot because we did not have a fenced yard.
As an adult, I have had several dogs--right now I have three Beagles. We use the crate system when we have to be gone for several hours. They do not seem to mind.
Puppies are cute, cuddly and fun. For some people getting a dog (or any animal) is just an 'impulse purchase' which satisfies their need (or their children's wants) at that moment. Once the dog grows up, and the novelty wears off they don't care anymore. It is very sad. Animals are family members too.
I would guess it's a combination of ignorance and lack of compassion and empathy.
It's definitely everywhere. I knew someone who had three dogs, and kept them all chained up outside. They kept walking around in circles, so their chain kept getting shorter and shorter. They said the dogs were just for protection. What are they protecting? The grass? If someone breaks in, they can't help you because they're chained up!
We keep our dog on the front porch which you have to walk through to get to the front door. We bring her in if it gets too hot or cold outside and we take her out daily and play with her for awhile. Sekhmet (our dog) and my daughter chase each other around the yard, it's so cute!
Even though she's a guard dog, she's still part of the family she's guarding!
It's a fact the dogs are psychologically damaged; when in small fences for example, witness them going around and around in circles for hours on end. Animal cruelty on the short chain too; and it's not so nice that people who care about dogs have to see them this way either.
that has always bothered me. i often wonder what the heck is wrong with thses folks and the only conclusion i have come up with is it gives them the sense of power and control over another living thing. sickening to say the least.
I have always wondered this also. I do agree that some people do lack compassion and empathy but I also think the other part is people get dogs and don't know what they are getting themselves into. They just can't handle the dog so the solution to them is sticking it outside.
I think this is done in every nieghborhood. I live in a fairly nice niegorhood and saw someone the other day who had thier dog chained to a tree outside of thier apartment. tsk tsk.
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