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I don't like either tie outs or run lines, even though we have used a
running line in the past. I know it is difficult for some people to walk
their dogs each and every time a dog needs to go out if there is not a
fenced yard. However, as a dog trainer, I'd prefer not to see them at all,
especially with strong dogs such as pit bulls. Dogs can become frustrated
quite easily, which leads to adrenaline flowing. The more adrenaline, the
more aroused the dog becomes. And, it can take 24 hours or more for the
adrenaline to get back to normal levels. Some frustration is actually good
(we use that to motivate and train a dog). However, the frustration caused
by any tie out or run can lead to an overly frustrated, aggressive dog. Pit
bulls, naturally, are not more aggressive toward humans than other dogs.
(although they can be aggressive toward their own species). However, if they
do bite, they can inflict much greater damage than, say a collie, who will
only inflict puncture wounds. A pit bull will latch on and shake often,
inflicting punctures along with large gashes and flesh tearing. Same with a
mastiff. Some things we see that lead to aggression are owner aggression or
neglect, lack of socialization, and also barrier frustration. Tying out
leads to even more frustration than barrier aggression from a fence as the
dog can not get away from a small area, and develops "muscle memory" about
his neck trying.  

For those who use runs--they can be ok if not used for short periods of time
and if there are not distractions that cause the dog to be unduly stressed,
frustrated.

Bonnie Hess
Faithful Companion Dog Training, LLC
APDT #67748
 

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