Despite dogs being descended from wolves, many of them are not meant to live the lives of wild animals by being outside all the time. They can quickly succumb to the elements and without the means of shelter, they can be exposed to ticks and fleas, which can carry life-threatening diseases.
Instead of being treated as a member of the family, many dogs are chained up outside to serve as guard dogs or because they don’t want to be kept inside. Although many people think that this is good for them, being outdoors, the chains can often restrict their movement and make it difficult for them to get the exercise that they need.
But the most detrimental part of treating dogs this way is that they aren’t socialized very well. They don’t know what it means to be loved, and so don’t know how they should act around human beings.
This can lead to them becoming fearful or snapping at people who get close, and this can lead to disastrous results. Dogs also need mental and physical stimulation in order to be well-rounded and happy dogs.
Their health can start to decline without these stimuli. Thankfully, there are organizations like The Backyard Dog Project who invest time into teaching people about the dangers involved when chaining dogs up outside all year round.
Hopefully, this can inform dog owners on the better ways their dogs should be treated and involve them more as members of the family. Share this with everyone you know.
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