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The Trouble with Tethering

Improve your dog’s health and wellness by reducing the time they’re tied up alone outside. Your buddy wants to be part of the family and we can help you make that happen!

Some of the problems with long-term tethering:

  • Dogs tied outside alone for long hours are at risk of insect bites, parasites, entanglement, and harassment or attacks by other dogs or people.
  • Long-term tethering is a high-risk factor for serious dog bites and increased behavioral challenges.
  • Extreme temperatures can lead to frostbite, hypothermia, heatstroke, and even death.

8 tips to transition your dog to indoor comfort at any age:

  • Be patient. This is a big transition for your dog and family. But the love and joy your dog will feel will be worth it!
  • Set yourself up for success. Check out tips on housetraining, get a few toys, and designate an area of your home as Fido’s space.
  • Set realistic goals. If your dog typically spends most of their tethered outside, consider bringing him in after dinner let him spend the night inside.
  • Start small. Introduce your dog to a small area of the house and don’t give him free rein until he’s used to the new and schedule that comes with indoor life. 
  • Stick to a schedule. Dogs are creatures of habit and do best they know what to expect.
  • Designate a place for your dog to eat and sleep. A crate or area is a good way to start.
  • Bedtime bathroom time. Always take your dog out to go to the before bedtime. It’ll pay off at 3:00 a.m. 
  • Provide mental and physical enrichment. Ensuring your dog has regular exercise routine and plenty of toys can dramatically behavior problems.

Click here to download and print the poster!

For more resources,
contact MADACC at 414-649-8640 or the Wisconsin Humane Society at 414-264-6257.

Media Contacts: 
Angela Speed, WHS, (414) 431-6104,
Kathy Shillinglaw, MADACC, (414) 649-8640,


  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • For Immediate Release
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