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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Myth of the "Outside Dog"

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Generations ago people believed that pet dogs were to be kept outside to guard the homestead. Often, these guard dogs had no shelter and lived their lives at the end of a chain. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. In fact, in most states it is unlawful and stiff fines or jail time for this offense is the norm.

ThDomesticated dogs are social animals. They crave the companionship of humans and are most often viewed as part of the family. Thankfully, the era of the outside dog has passed.

 If you see a dog on a chain without access to clean water and a shelter, call your local police department and report it. In many states it is illegal to force your dog outdoors for longer than one hour without access to shelter and water. Take photographs and time stamp them. If you have the courage, knock on doors and encourage the owner to be more responsible. If you are met with resistance, report it.

 Giving animals a voice is the conscientious thing to do.

 If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com.

 Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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