Some dogs refuse to stay inside a pen or fence, putting themselves at risk. In some instances, putting your pup out on a chain helps ensure he does not run away or harm other animals or people who come in your yard. One of the major issues with tying out your dog is kinks in his chain that may be dangerous and limit his area. As a pet owner, it's your job to make sure he stays safe and has running room while on his chain.
Items You'll Need:
• Stake or aerial line
• 2 swivel snaps
• Wire brush
Step #1 - Pick a tie-out method that works best for the location. A heavy-duty stake that screws in the ground works for a temporary tie-out, while an aerial line works best for a permanent location. When set up correctly, these two methods help ensure the chain does not kink.
Step #2 - Clean the ground where you plan to chain your dog. Remove any sticks or rocks that the chain may pick up and cause it to kink. Also, a grassy area is a good idea since there is no mud to clump and kink the chain.
Step #3 - Buy a sturdy chain that is the correct size, such as medium or heavy, based on your dog's weight and size. A cheap, thin chain may bend and kink.
Step #4 - Attach swivel snaps on each end of the chain. Use a strong metal snap, such as forged iron or zinc die-cast. Allowing the chain to turn helps prevent kinks.
Step #5 - Clean the chain often. Remove any dirt or debris that accumulates by rinsing it with water and scraping it with a wire brush.
Caution: Never chain your dog for long periods of time or where you cannot supervise him. Make sure his area is safe with food and water and his chain is not tangled. Also, provide shelter for your chained dog at all times.
By Amanda Maddox
About the Author
Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.