January is Unchain a Dog Month – a time of awareness for pets often forgotten. At the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we work with organizations and members of our communities to support animals across the Mid-South. Part of that work is emphasizing the dangers of dog chaining. What is dog chaining? Dog chaining or tethering is when a pet owner ties their dog to a stationary object outside to prevent it from running away or as a way to make sure their pet stays in the yard. Owners typically use rope, chains and/or pulleys as a form of animal restraint. Why is it bad to chain my dog outside? Dogs thrive in social environments and love human interaction. When we chain our dog outside, we put their physical and psychological well-being at risk. A dog that’s been chained and is confined to one space can become territorial, anxious, unhappy and develop severe aggression. When this happens, the dog might lunge or bite anyone that comes near it, especially young children who don’t understand the signs of an... Read More
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