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Dear Daisy Dog

During the winter, how long can a dog be tied outdoors?

Daisy Responds

How long would you like to be tied outside during the winter? Yes, the answer to your question is that simple.

Our canine bodies function just like your human body does, so we suffer terrible chills if we have to sit outside in one spot during the winter.

Moreover, we are a social species – you humans call us pack animals – so our hearts ache when we’re chained in solitary confinement, deprived of people to love.

In addition, tied dogs are more likely to bite than dogs socialized to live with people.

Some communities limit the time dogs can be tied. For example, California state law prohibits chaining longer than three hours.

Other localities ban tethering altogether. For a list, see www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

Join your dog for daily outdoor exercise, and then come inside together to get warm.

Remember: ties are for gentlemen wearing suits, not for dogs.

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