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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Okay to tie dog outside?

Do you think it is okay to tie your GSD outside for 5-10 in the yard instead of taking the dog out and staying out there with it? This would be in the front yard with no fence.
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Well this was an easy one...no.....did you get a puppy for Christmas?

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If you are out there with him, like you say, but he just needs a tie out for safety- then I don't see why not- and I'm sure he'd like to be hanging out with you.

Edit: Do you mean this will replace all walks- or just sometimes?

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Do you think it is okay to tie your GSD outside for 5-10 in the yard instead of taking the dog out and staying out there with it? This would be in the front yard with no fence.
Oh wow. Good luck with this one.
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Do you think it is okay to tie your GSD outside for 5-10 in the yard instead of taking the dog out and staying out there with it? This would be in the front yard with no fence.
I can't vote because I don't know enough details. Is this a pup? I'm *assuming* so with your username.

If a pup, nope.

My adults (non-GSD) are on a tie out sometimes. Especially on nice days. They like to just kinda veg out in the sunshine.

But if this is a youngun, I wouldn't leave him/her alone on a tie out. Most pups wouldn't like that a whole lot anyway.
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In a front yard, unattended? No. Even in a few minutes, a pup can get loose, run off and get hit by a car or get stolen by someone or get poisoned by a nasty neighbor.

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Why do you need to tie the dog out? Do you mean 5 to 10 minutes?

Did you just get your pup? If so and you are potty training, you need to take the dog out on a leash to quickly potty break him.

Even if he is potty trained, it's better if you take him out on a leash (definitely on a leash if there's no fence) so you can monitor his urination and feces. Poop tells you a lot

Safety issues. There are some people out there that wouldn't think twice about getting out of their car and stealing your pup. Purebreds (specially puppies) would fetch a decent price on craigslist. Also, stray or loose dogs can come to your yard (unfenced) and attack your pup (easy pickings on a tie out).

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5-10 what? Minutes. Probably ok. Hours? Heck no.


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My parents leave the dog tied for up to 1/2 hour. But that is in the back yard, and even then some roaming dogs did get to him once, and some lady was feeding him treats one day.

Usually they set the timer for ten minutes, but he gets 1/2 hour in the morning.

I think a puppy is much more vulnerable than an adult dog. They can be stolen easier, bullying or teasing will have more lasting effects, and getting attacked by whatever can really be bad.

Anyhow, it is an ok question, but my guess is that you are going to get a lot more no's then yes's, and you should qualify 5-10 minutes.

Also for a pup, you want to be there so you can praise any pottying.

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If you are just tethering him for 5 to 15 minutes or so and you just run in to check the stove, take a quick whizz or are watching from the dry warm house there should be no problem. I am assuming you have a good setup of course, then it's ok. Tethering a dog for long periods isn't a good idea though.
If you are out say working in the garden or on the car and you want him with you and you don't have the luxury of a fence it should be ok. You just need to keep monitoring him though.
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