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Hey guys, so as some of you know I chain Tika as she looses her bloody little mind if left in the house for more than… 5 mins at a time lol. Well anyway I just bought an actual chain for her, as before I was using a cable set up (inappropriately of course :p ) and I was not comfortable AT ALL that is was secure enough for me to leave her while I went to work on it, as well it knotted up only giving her half the length within 1 hr. Well I talked with a guy at the Home Depo as well as tried to use my best judgment to find a chain strong enough not to break but also light enough to be comfortable for my baby girl.

I was fairly comfortable with my choice but I have noticed a couple of days after she has been on it, her energy level is down quit a bit. At this point I am a little confused because lower energy means the weight is draining her some which in one stance is good because she is crazy but bad because that means she is most def feeling the effects of the weight and I do not want her uncomfortable. Now she still runs around and can go up and down the stairs to the porch but I notice sometimes she just stays upstairs like she may be tired and doesn’t want to have to drag the weight back up and down.

So the question- is this normal while a dog gets used to a new heaver chain or should I go back and get a lighter one and just keep this one for the bulldogs? I understand the importance of a good safe chain spot so I do not want to sacrifice her safety but I would also like her a comfortable as possible. I will try to post pics later just wanted some advice from those that have more experience with chain spots as Tika is the only dog I have had to chain more long term rather than just for a few hours while I clean or what not….

Also- the chain is about 40 feet and she has been on it since late Friday night... just FYI
 

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bump......
 

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seriously? NOBODY!?!
 

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I'm not sure how big your dog is, but a good swivel is important, also a weldless ring to put the collar through is a good idea. Although a lot of people don't like doing that. Make sure the 40ft chain can't get tangled on or around anything. The dog is more than likely getting a lot more exercise so he wants to chill out when he comes in.
 

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I think you should get a kennel, Dogs can only be chained to stuff for a small amount of time in Massachusetts, 2 hours or less I think, not sure about your laws but getting a nice kennel would help her out a lot.
 

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Ariel I am going to answer this give me a few minutes ;)
thank you maam!!!

Stillwater Kennel Supply --
I'm not sure how big your dog is, but a good swivel is important, also a weldless ring to put the collar through is a good idea. Although a lot of people don't like doing that. Make sure the 40ft chain can't get tangled on or around anything. The dog is more than likely getting a lot more exercise so he wants to chill out when he comes in.
that's what i was thinking about the excersise, i am just used to her running around acting a tard, now she jogs up to me and will try to jump up on me but isn't bouncing just ransdomly like she normally does. inside she is still pretty much a nut then runs to the door begging back out! I am pretty happy with my set up and i have made it do that the chain doesn't get tangled at all. i think my main thing is i want to make sure she is comfortible and it's not to much pressure on her neck, ya know?

Do you think she's feeling OK? Or is it possible she injured herself somehow and it's not related to the chain at all?
Just a thought :)
thank you, but i think it is mainly just the change to the chain she went nuts when i leyt her inside last night so....
 

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I think you should get a kennel, Dogs can only be chained to stuff for a small amount of time in Massachusetts, 2 hours or less I think, not sure about your laws but getting a nice kennel would help her out a lot.
Yes we see how kennels worked out for these clowns. The Dogs Are Alright | Need To Know | PBS Video
Everywhere tethering has been outlawed, things have got worse!
 

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Yes we see how kennels worked out for these clowns. The Dogs Are Alright | Need To Know | PBS Video
Everywhere tethering has been outlawed, things have got worse!
the 12:55 mark is the true reality,...not the fur mommy
cover up. next they'll want to cut the wings off birds
citing it's to risky, and they can potentially hurt themselves.
what a joke.
 

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I have a small question about a chain setup. I don't mean to hijack your thread Aireal ;)

I will probably have to put Whitman on a chain setup at my girlfriend's house to make sure he doesn't go near the back fence where the neighbor's 2 a-hole huskies like to tease my boy. I've done a search and have seen many members' chain setups with the hardware, just not what they are anchored to.

They have a tree, but the location isn't ideal. It's close to the side fence, and the chain would have to be about 10ft to keep him away from the back fence. I just think that's too short.

Does anyone know if those metal, spiral stakes that screw into the ground are strong enough for a 60 lb pit bull? What would you suggest?

Any ideas would be appreciated :)
 

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walmart has a heavy duty orange or yellow stake with a 2 ft chain at the top attached with a c-clamp in the dog food section. it's my trade secret and they have never failed me yet.
make sure when dealing with c-clamps you rough up the thread and add some spit and dirt to the threads before tightening as this will cease it from backing off.
they will not come back out once in the ground..but after you're done you can just hammer it into the ground, and bury it... out of site out of mind.
go to the depot and get 10-12 feet of 800+ lb ft of working force chain link and
heavy duty c-clamp to attach the heavy duty bull snap. and your good to go for at least a yr or two...just check you links and clamps once a day to make sure you're not in danger of possible failure...time well spent for piece of mind.
 

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Awesome, thanks Padlock! :cheers: This weekend, I plan on fixing up the fence a bit and getting the chain set up ready. That looks like it will last quite a while.

Thanks again :)
 

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Yo Padlock, Imma have to request you come down here and make me one of those dog houses, lol but serious i really like there design I will have to have someone make me one
 

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bump for original question not yet answered.....
 

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Which dog? Sorry not familiar with all of yours , but depending on the thickness of the chain[i have no idea what you have] it could be way too long and heavy, and also the size of the dog has to come into account. All my setups are , car axle in the middle as the chain dropper , concreted into the spot and at the most i use upto twenty feet depending on the dog. Setup like this the dog cannot get the chain caught around the kennel but can still get in the kennel and be comfy. and water and food is in range but not close enough to drag the chain around, this gives the dog big enough area circumfrence wise , hence, why i would say forty is probly too long.

Hard to say without you specifying what gauge chain you have and how it is set up.
 

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What does that link have to do with anything, his dogs were chained, lol
 
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