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Some More Reasons Not To Leave Your Dog Tied Up Unattended

In the Dog Blog entitled Should You Tie Up Your Dog While You Go Into A Shop? I recounted a sad story in the hopes that it would put people off leaving their dog tied up unattended even for the shortest time.

But I wanted to continue the conversation because, believe it or not, your dog getting hit by a car is not the worst thing that can happen if you leave your dog tied up. "But how could anything be worse than your beloved dog being put to sleep after sustaining mortal injuries in a hit and run?" I hear you ask.

A Fate Worse Than Death

It might shock you to know that dogs are sometimes stolen to be used as bait for fighting dogs. “But dog fighting is illegal!” I hear you cry. Yes, that’s true in many countries, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t go on. In fact, it’s a very popular ‘sport’ indeed, all around the world.

Part of the ‘training’ of the fighting dogs is for them to be starved and put into the pit with a bait dog. The fighting dogs then proceed to tear apart the bait dog in a ravenous frenzy. Bait dogs are mauled like this on a regular basis until there’s nothing left to maul. (And don’t think that your dog's safe because he's not a Pit breed - dogs of ALL breeds are used as bait dogs, so any breed of dog is at risk.)

With all that in mind, I'm sure you'd agree that being a bait dog is certainly a fate worse than death.

Nervous Dogs

Another thing to consider is if your dog isn't good with other dogs or is uneasy with strangers, especially children. You don’t want to come back to your dog only to find there’s been a fight between your dog and another, or that your dog has snapped at someone who tried to pat him.

As far as I’m concerned, if either of those happens, you’re not to blame. In the first instance, the passing person should not have allowed their dog to approach an unattended dog. In the second instance, the passing person should not have patted an unattended dog, or allowed their child to do so. In my un-humble opinion, if there’s a dog fight or a bite under the above circumstances, the passing person is at fault - not your dog.

But you can be rest assured that the passing person will very likely blame your dog if there’s an incident, because a lot of people love to blame others for their own actions. This is especially true if it’s a child who gets snapped at, as many parents automatically point the finger in any direction except towards themselves. The fact that they were being irresponsible in allowing their child to approach an unattended and unknown dog will be lost on them, and because it’s all too convenient to blame the dog instead of take responsibility, many will do just that.

Well, I hope I’ve convinced you. I hope you can see that there are good reasons to not leave your dog tied up for any amount of time. It’s just not worth the risk.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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