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I have a 1/2 Mastiff 1/2 German Pointer dog who protects me and the yard. I have a 4 foot chain link fence that he can get over. I have no idea what he would do, as he barks his "mean" bark at the neighbors and their dog when it's outside.
I bought a semi-heavy chain to put him on so that he can be in the yard a bit to enjoy the sunshine, birds, etc. He currently wears a choke collar, but that cannot be used with this chain because it indeed chokes him! I want him as comfortable as possible while on the chain outside, but need to know what kind of collar to put him in. I cannot take any risks of him slipping his collar either. He weighs 138 pounds, more than I do and although he knows his commands, he will "not" mind at all or come to me when he's in attack mode. Help!
By Linda K.
Try a harness.
I have a 2.5 yr old 90 pound Lab Pit mix. He's neutered and gets along with everyone. Our issue is our yard isn't fenced and if another dog comes in the yard he pulls so hard he snaps his collar.
What a sweet face!!! Gotta love him!!
My suggestion is based on experience with a small dog...but it worked (and still works) for us. Because we have other dogs in the neighborhood with less than seller parents who let them roam AND and worse, buzzards and large birds that prey on small dogs, I just never let my kids out in the yard without me being there...and always on a short leash where I have as much control is as possible.
This was the safest way for us to protect them. That may not be possible for your situation, but it was the only way in my neighborhood.
There are break away collars and such....but I was always terrified that my fur child would break out and then would run into the street and get hit by a car (we are on a busy street).
Safety first with the fur kids in my world....and this was the choice we thought long and hard about, but made. It is NOT convenient sometimes...I can honestly say that, but we learned to make it work.
Good luck. Hope this is somewhat helpful.
Personally, I would never tie or chain a dog in the yard. If you cannot keep the dog inside, you should purchase a chain link dog pen. They come in all sizes.
Chaining a dog is always risky. Many dogs cannot handle it mentally. Many dog owners consider it cruelty. If you can find another way to keep your dog, I would do it. If you can fence your yard, that would be ideal. If not that, a large pen with a doghouse (you will need to clean it daily) Can you keep your dog in the house with you? This seems to be the best answer for most dog owners. Perhaps some training so he behaves well in the house. I would like to tell you there is a safe and responsible way to chain your dog outside, but I can't.
Tethering a dog is against the law in many states as part of their anti-cruelty chapters. You need to find a pen of some sort to house your dog, or keep him in your house with you and leash him when going outside to potty.