Very true, and I do hope that I wasn't coming across as saying tie outs are perfectly safe and fine. I just think risks are minimal with proper supervision, and simply wanted to share my positive experiences for another side of the picture.
Interesting about cotton, we DID have a gentleman bring in a young smaller breed dog one time, he came home and the dog was SCREAMING in it's kennel, would NOT allow the owner to touch him. Owner had no idea what was going on, rushed him in. He would not allow us to touch him, was SCREAMING. We finally sedated him with an injection through the bars, pulled him out, and as it turned out his blanket in the kennel had frayed a little and had actually become tightly wrapped around his leg, causing severe pain and swelling. Like I said, risks to everything
Oh, absolutely. I've gotten wicked rope burn myself from a soft cotton rope.
I was just thinking of the safest material possible...and there isn't really a perfectly safe one! Enough force and friction can cause injury with any material.
if you look near the left shoulder of the dog it looks like
the dog is laying on the blue line. where is that line when
the dog stands up? is it underneath the dog? if the line is
under the dog all it takes is one turn from the dog to be tangled.
I kind of agree, but this is where supervision and the dog's individual personality come in. If you're there checking on your dog, you'll notice if he's tangled or if he's fighting it.
Just from walking or tying during training (as a specific exercise to increase drive), I'd say most dogs stop or don't pull so hard when they feel an abrasive surface against sensitive skin like that. The majority of dogs won't pull, compared to when you attach the rope to a point on their back.
But some will, and just that will cause serious injury in them. And the problem is, like many things, you don't really know which dog is which until they're tested. Which is why you shouldn't leave a dog alone for long periods of time on a tie-out.
So yeah, I'm not going to say that Anubis here is a bad owner by any means (quite the opposite
), but I'll agree that the picture illustrates a potential issue with tie-outs.
edit: just to be clear, I'm seeing the left paw probably being on top of the leash, and assuming that the dog is likely to get up with that paw still over the leash. Basically, I'm thinking a simple and common "under the armpit" situation. I also think it is a lovely picture and want to reiterate that I am not criticizing Anubis_Star at all, just pointing out how things could go wrong if she was dumping her dog out there for hours on end without a checkup.