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The terms “chaining” and “tethering” refer to the practice of fastening a dog to a stationary object and leaving them unattended. The term “chaining” tends to refer to situations where thick, heavy chains are used. “Tethering” is more often referred to partial restraint on a rope, lighter chain or pulley, which is the more prevalent form of tethering.

Examples of Tethering:


we recommend not tethering your pet
Tethering is not recommended because dogs are naturally social beings who need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical well-being.

Risks and Drawbacks of Tethering Include:
  • The dog's neck can become raw or sore and their collars can painfully grow into their skin.
  • Dogs may be vulnerable to insect bites and parasites.
  • There is a high risk of entanglement, strangulation, and harassment or attacks by other dogs or people.
  • Dogs have the potential to become aggressive when approached by a stranger due to a flight or fight response.

Healthy Alternatives to Tethering
  • Bring your dog inside – We believe that dogs are part of your family. We recommend that all dogs live indoors, receive regular exercise and are provided with adequate attention, food, water and veterinary care.
  • Accompany your pet while they are tethered -  If there is not an option for a secure enclosure in your yard and you must tether your pet, please stay with them throughout the duration of tethering.
  • Spay/Neuter - A neutered male dog is less likely to try to escape a fence or “mark” in the home. A spayed female dog will not go into heat, so she will not roam around looking for a mate. Also, spaying reduces unwanted litters of puppies, helping to decrease the number of strays in our community.
  • Install a fence – A secure fence, at the appropriate height, gives your dog unlimited freedom and makes house training easier, with quick access to outdoors. Click here to learn how to build a t-post fence
  • Install a dog run – A dog run is an affordable alternative to building a fence and still allows your pet the opportunity to stretch their legs.
Click here for a map of dog-friendly buildings around Denton where you can take your dog inside to avoid tethering.

What to do if you see a dog tethered
Call the City of Denton Animal Shelter at (940) 349-7594.