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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-05-2014, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Tying your dog up,

Anybody have any negative experiances with tying your dog up outside while you run into the store, I used to do this with my guys only if i could see them from the window and i am under 5 minutes but i have heard horror stories so i have stopped doing it.
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Yup, good that you stopped doing it. Never good to tie them up, way too many things can happen.

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I'd never tie my dogs up outside of a store. Last year, I watched someone tie their dog up outside of Panera. Within minutes, the dog got loose and was running around a parking lot on a busy Saturday afternoon and was nearly hit by several cars. It was frightening.

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When we take ours out for a walk that includes a stop at a store (rarely) one of us stays out with them. I'm nervous enough leaving them locked in the cab of my truck for a few minutes.
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I get nervous when my dogs are out of my site in public as a general rule. Population is low around here but I'm more concerned about people's behavior than my dogs!

But if I do dash into a store I tell my dog to "stay" and that is what he does! But even at that it's been lots of training and long down out of site testing. Dogs at least two years old and it's only a 7/11 late and next to nobody inside!

I trust my dogs but I'm not a fool! A dog that you feel will not stay unless tied, is a dog that might be easily spooked! Heard a few horror stories about tied dogs that spooked!
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I used to do that a long time ago with my first dog because she would go with me a lot of the time anytime I was outside of the house so sometimes when on foot I needed to run in a store or pick up a carry out or something. If I was alone I would tie her her somewhere people wouldn't notice her, but I was always really nervous when I did it, so I stopped. She had a very solid down-stay and would have stayed but I was more worried about people maybe trying to take her, not about her running off. I used a special locking tie out leash with steel cable inside it: http://www.travelsinparadise.com/gea.../doglock_m.jpg
Now I only go in stores if I have someone along to hold on to the dog(s).

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I do not and and I do not like seeing it.

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I went to our local store a couple nights ago and saw a pure bred german shepherd sitting 10 feet from the door.

My first thought was "Awe how cute, I wonder if he's friendly".

Then I realized, the dog wasn't leashed or even had a collar on. So I put two and two together and realized it was either a stray or in a stay position.

I got into my car and waited for a couple minutes and saw the owner come out and the dog didn't move until the owner got to him.

I was pretty impressed with the stay, but I wasn't impressed with the owner not leashing his GSD in town.


This summer I plan on building my dogs an outdoor kennel, since I don't want to tie them up and something horrible happen. I found a few pretty big enclosures that are fairly cheap at tractor supply.
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Must agree, it's not a good idea anymore. Maybe in the 1960s - but today the dog could get stolen, hurt, fear bite and being tied up is no good. I have a truck with a camper shell with the crate tied up with motorcycle tie down straps. It's can't tip over or move. Front cab window open, shell windows open and I even have 2 - 12 volt fans blowing if necessary. The RV is set up different.. If there's two people one stays with the animal for protection..
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I would NEVER tie my dog up and walk away from him.

1) It only takes a second for a bite to happen, who knows if some drunk person, wild child or just an overly friendly in-your-face person walks up to my dog and gets bit.

2) My dog would NOT be ok with me walking away from him and he can't follow, he will whine, bark and attempt to get to me.

3) What if another dog approaches my dog and a fight breaks out?

4) What if someone does something bad to my dog while I am in the store, like teasing, throwing something at it, etc.

5) Someone could steal my dog.

Nope, absolutely not, I will never tie my dog up.


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