January is a month to celebrate a dog’s independence, because it is “Unchain A Dog Month”. Dogs love their freedom and independence just like we do ours. Chaining a dog restricts their mobility and ability to frolic and play. Although it is still our prerogative, as responsible pet owners, to keep them in chains, it may be wise to reconsider this option. Being tethered for long hours might affect your loved ones not only physically but also psychologically. We would like to provide you a list of some negative effects of prolonged chaining for you to think about.
1. IT MAY BE PHYSICALLY HARMFUL TO YOUR PET.
Chaining a dog for a reasonable amount of time may be appropriate as it could serve as part of their disciplinary training, or, it could prevent them from harming others within distance. However, it is not normal for them. Because they are not usually chained, they try to break free from the restraint. This struggle to free themselves may lead to some serious physical injuries especially to their neck and backs. They may also get tangled on their own chain and be unintentionally strangled.
2. IT RESTRICTS THEIR SENSE OF FREEDOM.
Just like us, dogs love freedom. They enjoy environments where they can run around and play. Psychologically, they have territorial tendencies that give them the impression that they are part of this world and that it is their own. Their environment provides them a sanctuary where they can befriend other pets like them and other dog-friendly humans. This is their sense of freedom – something they are accustomed to. Chaining them restricts this privilege of enjoying their surroundings.
3. CHAINING A DOG BRINGS OUT THE WORST IN THEM.
Chained dogs are more aggressive than the unchained ones, because they become conditioned to fight for their freedom. Chaining prevents them from playful interaction with others. It also promotes destructive behavior like chewing on objects or even biting their owners. It could also psychologically traumatize them making them detached and less friendly.
Join us this month and unchain your dogs!