I know there is another post similiar to this one, but I want to know what people in general thinks about tethering/chaining dogs. I am not talking about out in the backyard and all alone in a city or suburb with no water or food, Im talking about in your frontyard in the country with all of your other critters and kids hanging out with them type senario. (reason why the dog is being tethered is to keep it out of the neighbors chickens.) Reason why I am asking is I have been seeing a lot about them trying to tell people they can no longer tether their dogs. Here where I live, in this little rural area, they are trying to pass this as a law. They say the dogs need to be in your house with you, let out on a leash to potty or supervised off leash. Dogs should never be left outside for no amount of time (no longer than three hours)alone or in the cold. Okay,..my head is about to explode at this point,..WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A DOG,...RIGHT????? IF they are outside they have to be kenneled,...KENNELED? They are crying about tethering because a dog has limited space,..do they have more room in a kennel?,...no. I have 4 large dogs. We live on a farm, 40 acres or so. I have two of my dogs tethered in my front yard. They are not isolated, they are fed very well, fresh 5 gallon buckets of water everyday. One dog is tethered because it is for his own safety, he likes cats and chickens, plus when he gets a chance to run,..he dont know when to come home. The other dog is also tethered for her safety,..she want to be a coyote and run with the pack,..not a good idea on her part. Before anyone asks,..no our dogs does not live in our house with us. The house is for us,..not the dogs. I know there is people out there that thinks it is terrible that we dont let our dogs live with us in the house,...But we all have our opinions, mine is that they need to be outside where mother nature intended them to be. My other two dogs are loose during the day most of the time, but kenneled at night to keep them from mischief. I am sorry this is so long, but, I want to know how people can take a law or guidline from another area, like from a suburb or city and try to apply it to people and their animals that live out in the country. Also we have so many people here that hunt their dogs, and these can be some expensive dogs, and they keep them tethered or kenneled all the time. Hunting dogs are not to be spoiled, it will ruin them. They hunt, that is what they do. Where and when did this all get off track??