Based on our experience with our pack, we know that when done correctly, tethering is a perfectly safe and humane method of confining dogs when they are not free running or out running on snowy trails. We believe that if tethering is done, that the dogs must be supervised with caretakers available always should a dog require assistance. We also know that dogs are very social animals therefore, our tethering system is set up to allow for play and interaction with their surrounding neighbors. However, as much as dogs are social, they also like to have their own quiet time where they are not bothered.
Why we tether instead of penning:
- Each sled dog receives a personalized feeding regime, treats and bones. Our dogs can eat in peace at their own pace without competition from other dogs. This also means we can document our dog’s eating habits and quickly address any potential concerns immediately.
- In the unlikely situation that one of our sled dogs becomes ill, all symptoms can easily be detected and traced to one dog, and prompt veterinary care can be followed.
- Hydration is very important – it would be difficult for us to know how well each dog is drinking when living in a pen environment.
- Safety. Group penning can lead to certain dogs becoming irritated with another which can in turn cause fighting.
Our tethering set up:
- Each dog has an 8ft. tether allowing them a 16ft. living space
- Our tethers are set up on a post and swivel system to allow the dogs to easily maneuver the entire radius of their area
- Our tethers are raised so they are not straining the dog’s neck
- Our tethers have an emergency snap to release them should we ever need to evacuate our kennel from a natural disaster like flood or forest fire.