Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Chains can cause serious injury as well. A shelter I volunteer with recently took in a dog with severe neck and leg injuries from becoming entangled in a chain tie-out, not a wire one. Basically, anything that is strong enough not to be chewed through in one bite can cause serious injury, and really even the softest cotton rope can cause death if the dog becomes tangled in it the wrong way.
Also, it doesn't matter what the tie-out is made from when it comes to strangulation. If the dog can't break it by pulling on it, then the dog can be strangled by it.
I don't have a problem with tie-outs for limited times, but dogs should never be left alone for long time periods on them. If it's just a matter of putting the dog out to relieve himself, that's fine. But tie-outs of any sort are very dangerous, especially if the dog is being left unsupervised for long times. There's just no reliably safe way to do it.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!