I know this is the hunting dog forum, and my St Bernard probably isn't going to hunt much unless I use her to retrieve dead deer.
Some of you know I just came back from many years in Germany. I knew the state passed the tether law, and even before it affected me I thought it was a poorly written law. But now that I'm here and subject to it I found out that even the local county animal control officer agrees with me. How do I know this? Because I had a visit from her a few weeks ago. Seems one of our neighbors called on us because my dog was out for longer than 30 minutes when the temps were under 32 degrees. One, she's a St Bernard who is well suited for those temps. Two, she's on an overhead zipline that gives her half of the yard to play in, with her comfortable doghouse right there, and access to fresh drinking water. Three, when I do bring her inside she fights me to stay out. Even still, she's probably inside more than she is outside.
I get the intent of the law, because I know there are people out there that don't properly care for their dogs, the county officer and I had a good talk about that. She stated it was quickly and poorly written, and when I mentioned the Facebook warriors who influenced the politicians, she told me I was preaching to the choir but she still has to enforce the law as written.
I doubt anyone worries more about their dogs than my family, but we also understand the difference between dogs and humans, as well as the differences between breeds of dogs. Heck, even with the ridiculousness of some of the laws in Germany, they wouldn't even suggest that this is a good law.
Because of the visit by the county, I've done some research on the difference between tethering and kenneling. Most things I found were opinions, of course, but I did find a couple of resources that got into dog behavioral traits, and those supported tethering in the manner that I use. They stated that a caged dog, regardless of the kennel size, is going against their natural traits. Now of course, if the weather is bitter cold and/or blizzard conditions she'll be inside regardless. Same as she was in the Summer when it was scorching hot.
The difference between the breeds is one point the animal officer and I discussed. The other is how the dog can stay outside without violating the law.
I have several issues how the law is written and enforced, as does the county enforcement officer I spoke with. The biggest is that, I can't leave my dog on her overhead zipline which provides minimal impedance to her running around half the yard, but it's ok to put her in a fenced kennel of as small a size as I want. I have a kennel but purposely didn't put it up because she has more freedom on the zipline, but to stay within this law I'm allowed to restrict her space of movement, or bring her into the house that's too hot for her.
She is happy coming inside, but only when the wife is standing at the door with a hot dog!
Sorry for the rant, but this morning the temp was in the 20s and I'm looking at her laying in the kitchen looking like she's suffering.
I don't know which neighbor called, but now when I take her out or bring her in, I announce very loudly the current time and temperature.