|Snowfoot sled dog team|
Oldies but- goodies
|Barked: Wed Jun 15, '05 8:07am PST |
|We all live in what mushers call a dog yard. We each have our own house and are chained when mom isn't with us. Our yard is also fenced (about a 1/4 acre) and we get to run loose almost every day in the summer, unless it's really hot. We also have a swimming pool to cool off in and some ramps and tunnels to play in and on to increase our flexibility . Mom has something to say, so we'll go lay down now.
I think mushers have a unique situation in which chaining is the healthiest most humane way to keep multiple dogs happy and secure. Most Husky type dogs DO NOT like to be kenneled- they tend to pace, dig and eventually will chew wire. Because they have a heightened sense of "pack awareness" , they are comfortable being chained because they are all together and can interact to a certain degree. I agree that chaining a pet dog alone for long periods of time is bad, and can cause behavioral difficulties, but if this were the case for all chained dogs, I could not let a 6 lb Pomeranian run free amongst all my dogs, even during feeding time. To see some pics of my dog yard you can go to my web page and click on the "photo album"