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Old 10-14-2007, 11:15 PM  
Chain Set-Ups: Part 1
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There seems to be much misunderstanding regarding the usage of a chain set-up as a means of confinement. Hopefully this post will clear up any possible concerns or questions.



A proper chain and axle set-up is a safe and effective way to house most dogs, but paticulary bulldogs; one of the many Houdini's of the dog world. A good set-up is out of the way of any debris (Including brush, weeds, trees, etc.) that the dog could get tangled up in. There is little, if any, risk involved with a proper chain set-up. But as with any means of confinement, it has both pro's and con's.

Pro's


* Almost entirely escape proof.
* Easy on the wallet.
* Provides more square footage than the average kennel run.
* A good housing option for those with multiple dogs.



Con's


* Risk of theft. Best to keep that chain set-up behind a privacy fence.
* Loose dogs and/or other animals wandering into the yard can be a concern.
* Possibility of strangulation if the dog becomes entangled (Very low risk)
* Oversized chains can injur or debilitate a dog.



What is a "proper" chain set-up?

A proper chain set-up is a safe one. The area will be clean and free of objects that don't belong there. The hardware (Including any extra pieces you might use) is well-maintained and checked daily. Adequate water and shelter will be provided if the dog will be spending any length of time on the chain.

Hardware is a very important part of a proper chain set-up. Only the best of the best should be used. Cut corners here and you may end up with a dead dog. For solid and durable hardware, http://www.stillwaterkennelsupply.com/hardware.htm

1/4" thick chain is standard, and can accomodate even the strongest dogs. Many people have the misconception that a larger chain is somehow more secure and this is simply not true. The "grade" of the chain is more important than the size. For more information on grading chain please visit: http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/aboutgrading.htm.

As stated earlier, too-large of a chain can injur and debilitate your dog. The cervical vertebrae of the neck are not designed to hold excess weight; overtime a heavy object hanging from the dogs neck can cause pain and injury.

What is wrong with this picture?



Note the lack of a collar combined with the use of an oversized chain. This can cause both structural injury, as well as rubbing the neck raw over time. There is not noted water source, nor a proper shelter. Situations like these ruin it for folks who utilize chain set-ups responsibly.

*Note, no dogs were harmed. It was just a staged photo.

TO BE CONTINUED...
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does anybody worry about poisonous snakes? iguess its unlikely one would go too a dog instead of slither away unoticed, i dunno, i dont like leaving my dog outside, im sure as he gets older ill have to, he already can maneuver out of the 4 ft fenced in area i made, and its by no means shabby, hes a freakin magician
There are only venomous snakes you have to worry about. It all depends on the snake. I've known several dogs to get bit by snakes, especially rattlesnakes. One of my friends small pits got bit right in the face and it was terribly bad. Our larger female has a docked tail from a venomous snake bite also. My dogs killed plenty of non venomous snakes last year. Actually we just took one out of the basement just a few days ago. She was right on top of my mouse cage. We've had too many to count now, ranging from little ones to big ones. So no they won't always go away.

Here is the one from the other day. She was pretty pissed!
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Here's MY set-up for my BEAGLE. This can work for a Bulldog as well

In the video though, his set-up has since CHANGED!
I no longer have him on a cable nor a harness


Here's his new collar and CHAIN set-up, I didn't like the clip on his chain so I bought a bull-snap and used a quick-link that I glued shut with gorilla glue.
It's been working like a charm! Though I don't recommend this kind of chain for a bulldog, this works just fine for my beagle though, and he's a cable snapper.


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