Recently I wrote about people who seem to " Bash" others on the site. I received a really mean message in my mail box. I am woman enough to admit when I am wrong. Yes when I was young I did see a pit bull attack my brothers friend. Yes it did, maybe not lock it's jaws, but it sure in the hell wouldn't let go. Not your pit bulls is aggresive. I came on here looking for people to talk to. As a mother and stay at home mom, I get lonely for adult conversation. My husband works hard. I don't have the money for a fence. Right now with the way gas prices are, it's like we have to chose between gas and groceries. We love Abby very much and she is beyond spoiled. We've had here for 5 years and she is mostly a house dog, but like all dogs she needs to go out. Guess I'll have to chain her when she's outside. I hate to do that but it's for her own good. If I offended anyone I am sorry, that was not my intentions.
I started to post something like that. When I read her post the "clothes line" thingy jumped right into my mind. The allow the dog to get more exercise and prevent them from getting tangled. Hopefully, you are using the term "chain" as a figure of speech. "Chaining" just brings up horrible images of abused and neglected dogs, to me anyways. If there is no other option and you are willing to supervise her, I see no problem with putting your dog on a tie-out for short periods of time. Hopefully we have or will change your mind about pit bulls. If you are willing to concede that the dog's owner had more to do with the attack, than the breed, it's a victory.
The way you make the clothes line 'thing' is as follows. Attach a good sized clasp to both ends of a nylon rope, one that reaches down just to the dog's collar. Don't leave a lot of slack, nor make it too short. Hopefully you have a clothes line, if not you can put up 2 tall posts, or use a combination of any fixed objects...trees, buildings, a tree and a building, etc. If you use posts or trees, in order to avoid the animal becoming tangled, install clamps on the clothes line to stop the dog from reaching them. I hope you can understand that mumbo-jumbo. I can empathize with your fear of a dog attacking your brother at an early age. It is unfortunate that it was never explained to you then that the owner of that dog was entirely responsible for that dog's behaviour, since Pitties are never supposed to be people aggressive when raised in a loving home, just like any dog. I'm sure if you could see some of the beautiful sappy dogs that are out there, you would realize this breed has been painted with the wrong coloured brush, and that those dogs who have turned aggressive have been raised without an ounce of love and affection, and often beaten and chained to make them even more miserable. I hope the clothes line run works for you!
What you guys are talking about are called "Tie-outs" you can get them at PetSmart. That's just the cable, you would have to buy the actual piece that you stake in the ground and attach the cable to. It's not expensive at all. I believe they come in different lengths also, 10', 20', and 30' if memory serves. The cable has the latch on it already, just put one end on the dogs harness and the other on the stake. If you would like, any Home Depot type store sells the double clips. My husband uses those instead because he can get one better made for our size dogs.
We have 2 of those cables and 2 stakes. When we go somewhere and take a few of the dogs, we use these cables to keep them secure and close by, and they are on them only when we are there. I would not recommend leaving you dog on one of these cables all the time instead of getting a fence. She / he would be unable to protect them self if another animal were to come by.
If it werent for physics and law enforcement, I'd be unstopable.
Rusty stays indoors all day expect for two one hour walks at a nearby reservoir, about 3 acres of wilderness area. I owe him this time. Often I come home from work very tired..I may take a nap first and then walk him later but his walks are a priorty and must be done. Thsy are a great therapy for me and then he and I take a shower and he just loves it..so do I
I am very much against tie outs. I have seen and heard too many stories of dogs either strangling themselves to death or getting attacked by another dog/animal running freely about.
It is best to fence an area of your yard. You took the responsibility of bringing these trusting dogs into your life. Please continue that responsibility for their care. Budget money to build an enclosure. It is not very expensive. All it will require is some elbow grease on you and your husband's part. If you care, you will find a way.
The only way I ever see a tie out work is if someone is there 100% of the time to supervise the dog. Yes, I know tragedy does not always strike. But I have seen far too many scenerios where folks that stake their dog outside simply leave them for hours. They either lose track of time or just assume all is safe. Unless you are outside enjoying the lovely day with them, it can build a false sense of security. The OP has stated her day is busy so I do not see a tie out as a safe viable option for her dogs.
So I still go back to saying the responsible thing in the OP's case is to build some type of a safe enclosure for when she feels she has to leave her dogs outside for any amount of time. Clearly they are at mortal risk of being killed by a car or another animal. You would not let your children roam unsupervised outside on the highway. Please have the same care for your trusting dogs.
I like what everyone wrote, thank you. I like the idea of a tie-out. ( Don't worry Abby will never go out without one of us again. ) Yeah, I guess 'chain up' is a pretty harsh word. Now that I think about it, it brings an image of some horrid basement in my head. I've never put the first thought to that word. Thanks guys. And looking back the pit bull that attacked my brothers friend did come from a bad home. Poor dog, now I feel so sorry for it. It was the worst house in out neighborhood, the kind where the police are always there over some domestic dispute, how sad. A little girl lived there, she was always so sad. At the time I was very young, maybe 8. I'm sure social services took her away at one point. I hope she's happy now. But anyhow, thanks for everyones advice.
Oh, I know that is you saying you stay out with the dogs being tied out. Which goes hand in hand with what I said. We are thinking alike.
Seriously though, the OP's current stories of vigilance do not lead me to believe a tie out will be something I would suggest she do. All it takes is going back into the house to take care of the kids and forgetting the dog is tied up outside. The beginnings of another tragic occurance this dog may not be so lucky to escape from again :(