September 27, 2006

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES Cherie Graves, chairwoman Hermine Stover, secretary 323922 N. Hwy 2 23280 Stephanie Newport, WA 99156 Perris, CA 92570 509-447-2821 951-943-0990 http://www.povn.com/rdows POSITION STATEMENT ON DOG CONTAINMENT Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States favors all forms of dog containment to the owner’s property. Our experience with dogs is that as long as a dog is trained, socialized, and given proper attention that the containment method is not a factor in it’s behavior, or temperament. Dog behavior only becomes problematic when a dog is not properly trained, not properly socialized, and not given proper attention. All dogs need to have some freedom within limitations. Constant kenneling, constant chaining, or constantly living on a cable run with no off time makes a dog highly protective, even obsessive of it’s territory. Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States believes that the individual dog owner is the best authority to choose from this list of approved methods of dog containment, with added specifications, for his/her dog(s). KENNELING; A kennel must be large enough for a dog to comfortably have a house, move room, a place to eliminate body waste, a concrete slab floor, or patio block floor over sand to prevent digging escape, and for ease of cleaning. It must have an escape proof roof cover with protection from the elements. Shade must be provided for at all times. A rubber mat, or a horse stall mat prevents pressure sores. The dog should be taken out of the kennel several times a day for training, play, and/or attention. STEEL CABLE RUN; A ½ inch diameter steel cable is run tautly between two in-ground mounts that are made of bent rebar sunk in concrete twelve feet apart, and two feet deep, leaving a six inch high loop of rebar above ground level. The cable is secured with cable fasteners. The dog’s chain is attached to the steel cable by a large steel O-ring, of a strength that cannot be broken by the dog. The chain should be six feet long, and of a strength that the dog cannot break. The collar should be made of leather, not chain, and of a strength and quality that it cannot be broken. The run area must be free from entanglement obstructions. The dog must have adequate housing to protect it from the elements, and shade must be provided at all times. The dog should have several off cable times each day for training, play and/or attention. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent trespass by children, or animals not belonging to the dog owner. TETHERING; A strong center mount attachment may be employed to safely tether a dog. That mount may be made of a length of rebar bent into a hairpin shape, and sunk in cement two feet deep, leaving four inches of the bend above ground, or any other strong, escape-proof type mount, including an automobile axel. Attach a break-proof chain to the rebar with an O ring, or swivel snaffle of sufficient strength that it cannot be broken. The chain must be at a minimum four times the length of the dog. Use a strong leather collar of a quality that cannot be broken, not a chain around the dog’s neck. Remove any entanglement obstacles from the immediate area. Adequate shelter must be provided along the perimeter of the tether area to protect the dog comfortably from the elements. Shade must be available at all times of the day. The dog should have several off tether times each day for training, play and/or attention. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent the trespass by children or animals not belonging to the dog owner. HOUSE DOGS; Dogs whose owners contain them to the house, or apartment must ensure that his/her dog receives adequate exercise to maintain a healthy cardio-vascular system. House dogs need time outside in the sunlight to absorb vitamin D. House dogs are prone to having toenail breakage, and they must have proper toenail care. Often house dogs become overweight from too much food, and lack of exercise. Going outside should be more than just a trip for elimination of bodily waste. House dogs need training, socialization, and play times, too. IN CONCLUSION; In today’s society dog containment is a must to protect not only the animal, but the neighbors, and their animals, as well as the dog owner him/herself from liability. RDOWS approves all of the above methods as long as the dog has adequate attention, exercise, care and nurture. All equipment must be regularly maintained to prevent injury, or escape of the dog. Each owner’s property will differ, so no one method works for all. The key to having a healthy happy dog is it’s all around care, and nurture. That care, and nurture must include training, socialization, attention, and play time. FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR INSTRUCTION CONTACT; Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States at; rdows@povn.com


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