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03-08-2014 10:10 PM
brembo I had a border/GSD mix right out of college. She was an escape mastermind, nothing could hold her. She went through doors almost as quickly as a human, fence latches didn't slow her and if there was no gate she could climb just about anything. Anyway....while mowing one day she decided to take a run at the lawnmower, and in fear of her slipping and losing a paw I leashed her up and draped that over the clothesline. I might as well have shot her, she just flopped over and refused to move. dead weight, no response to even a nudge with a foot, which normally would have been game-on time. She did a petulant shut-down anytime a rope/leash was attached to her. It made taking her on walks a bit odd, I had to hold her tail. Must have looked very bizarre with me lightly gripping her tail as she happily walked by my side but it worked.
03-08-2014 08:27 PM
katro I did it once, to run into our local coffee shop (it's just a few blocks from my house). I could see Ralphie and he could see me. The owner of the coffee shop then told me that as long as I kept him leashed and close to me, I could bring him in with me to get my coffee.
03-08-2014 08:06 PM
MadLab I have done it a lot and do it still. I guess it depends on the area you live. I see dogs outside shops every day, some tethered some not. We are not permitted to bring a large dog into any shop or store here so they gotta stay outside.

I used to muzzle my female as she was a bit aggressive but she just got used to waiting for me.
03-08-2014 07:12 PM
GSDluver4lyfe When I was about 6 or 7 we had an APBT, Jessica that was "my" dog (as much as a dog can be when your that young). We left her out in the backyard while we (my grandmother, mom and I) went to the store and when we returned there was a trail of blood in the snow and at the end of that trail laid my dog torn to pieces. Our neighbors opened our gate and threw their two pit bulls in our yard to use Jessica as a bait dog. That was the first time I've ever felt blood boiling rage in my life. It was extremely traumatizing.

People are stupid and cruel. I would never leave my dog outside if I plan on leaving the house. From someone stealing them, to stray/loose dogs attacking them, IMO its too much of a risk.
03-06-2014 10:40 PM
selzer I tied a dog once outside a store to the garbage dumpster. But when you tie them, they can act like they are guarding whatever you tie them to. And, if someone comes up, they may just see the dog and think they should go and pet it and pick on it, etc. On that side of the store, I couldn't see, so I just never did that again. I will only stop at a store and put the dog on a down-stay in front of the windows, run in, grab a hot dog (for the dog), pay and get back out within a minute, keeping the dog in view the entire time.

And even then, it's hard. Because if someone drives up, they may be intimidated by the dog. So I just avoid it like the plague. Once in a blue moon I will do that, and only with the dogs that are totally trained, etc.

Now, when I was a kid, and had our shepherd mix, princess, I would snap her chain off, and we would go for a walk all through the town. She would go onto people's porches and eat their cat food. I would pretend I didn't know her. We would stop at that same store, though it was called Lawson's back then, and now it is called Circle K. Whatever. She would wait for me to buy a day-old chocolate donut. and when I would come out, I would feed it to her.

That dog lived to almost 15, and was healthy as a horse, after surviving stomach cancer shortly after we got her. The vet would examine her year after year expecting that cancer to come back as it was an aggressive form. But it didn't. The old girl never had any other problems. And hundred of chocolate donuts, and a couple of dozen chocolate chip cookies in one go, didn't seem to make any difference.

And she would go down and wait for me to come out of the store, not tied, not trained, not on a stay.
03-06-2014 08:52 PM
Mister C
Originally Posted by HOBY View Post
I do not tie my dog up for most or all of the above reasons, but I do have a humorous story about 2 dogs tied to a bike rack.
One summer knight I had stopped at a 7/11 convenience store with my GSD Mac who I left in the car.
Across the parking lot was a nice Dobi tied to a bike rack. Next to the Dobi tied to the same bike rack was a small Terrier. The Dobi was on his best behavior. The Terrier was barking insane at Mac who could have cared less. As I approached the door to the store the Dobi lifted his leg and drenched, showered that little Terrier. I mean pee soaked to the point that little dog had to shut his mouth and shake it off. I finished my shopping before the other two owners and went out to my car. Right after me the Dobi owner wearing a sweat suit came out, untied his dog and continued his jog having no idea what his Dobi did. As I pulled out off the parking lot the owner of the Terrier was approaching her dog. I can only imagine......

Thank you for a good laugh. What a funny story.

That little Terrier really deserved his golden shower. Dobi's know how to dish it out, at least the ones I've met.
03-06-2014 08:41 PM
Liesje I tied up my first GSD once. We were in an agility trial and the hotel we booked seemed really shady. I didn't know anyone else entered in the trial and was there alone. My room didn't have an alarm, so I walked to the lobby building to get one with the dog and tied her right outside the glass door. I didn't want to walk to the lobby alone!

Coke I could tie up at the little store we walk to where we vacation, but normally I'm walking with someone so one of us holds the dogs. My GSDs now would probably whine at me unless I put them in a down-stay.
03-06-2014 08:32 PM
LifeofRiley Many of the stores I pop into while on walks in my neighborhood allow me to bring my dog in with me because they know him and trust him.

But, I will also make quick stops at places that do not allow dogs inside. My rule is there has to be line-of-sight. If I can maintain line-of-sight on my dog while I am in the store, I have no problem with tethering him outside.

I don’t worry about my dog biting anyone if they approach him. And, quite honestly, people usually do approach him to give him friendly pets as they are walking by… if I had a dog that could not tolerate attention from strangers, I would not continue to do what I do.

To me, being able to tether the dog outside (by my rules) means the dog generally goes more places with me. He accompanies me on almost all walking-distance errands in the neighborhood. That is a good thing in my mind.
03-06-2014 08:04 PM
MichaelE I don't go anywhere Lisl is not welcome.

The only place she doesn't go with me is Wal-Mart because I have to grocery shop and can't be watching every move she, or the customers are making.
03-06-2014 11:21 AM
Lark I agree with above posters that my dog would whine and try to follow me, and I think he would be nervous since he has never been left alone in public. I would especially worry somebody would steal him, since he tends to be friendly and he is a great looking dog.
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