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    09-08-2011, 10:19 PM
How long can you leave a young pup tied? Sorry if these are dumb questions. I just want to be prepared!
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    09-08-2011, 10:24 PM
I would do no more than 15 minutes or so at any one time. Making sure you are within range to see him if he gets tangled beyond the point of untangling himself.

You can work up to longer periods over the course of a few months. It can help to give the dog something to play with or chew on while he's being tied.
    09-08-2011, 10:46 PM
Not to hijack this thread, but what breed are NOT barn savvy? I have a thing for bully breeds, but I never really see them in barns :p
    09-08-2011, 10:56 PM
Any breed can be barn savvy provided you take them when they're young and they have proper training. It's really more about the temperament of the specific dog than the breed.

If you are planning to have a bully at the barn then training and socialization around the horses from as young as 8 weeks is really important due to their prey drive. (this also goes for a lot of the working breeds and terriers)
    09-08-2011, 11:08 PM
Thanks a ton. I know bullies can be great dogs, but I am also aware of their protection instinct and all that. Which, like you said would depend on the individual doggy.

I'm more than ready to find a dog, I get lonely at home! Lol
    09-09-2011, 12:42 AM
15 minutes?! Holy cow. Hmm I'll need to figure something out because that will be hard with me working so much.. Maybe I'll start out tying a few times a day, 15 minutes each and slowly up that, and the rest of my work day keep him in a crate? And obviously for my lunch hour he would be loose with me at my house. I hope that would work out. I don't want him to be in a crate much during the day though since he'll be crated at night.
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    09-09-2011, 12:46 AM
He can be crated while you work if needed, that shouldn't be a problem.

I wouldn't tie a young puppy (10 weeks to 4 months) for longer than 15 min at a time their first dozen times, and until they are comfortable with that duration.

You can work up to longer periods and by the time the dog is 6 months old you should be able to tie him for an hour or so just fine. Assuming you've done your homework with prior training and the dog is relaxed (meaning previously exercised and not bouncing off walls)

You can also practice tethering in the house by tying him to a doorknob and letting him chill out there for a while with a toy.
    09-13-2011, 11:34 PM
I don't think I asked this here yet, but would it be okay to attach leash to me while I work for part of the day? Would the dog be likely to follow willingly? (maybe that's a stupid question and depends on the dog??) because that would be great if I could do that, but I wouldn't want to drag the poor thing..
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    09-14-2011, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Countrylady1071    
I don't think I asked this here yet, but would it be okay to attach leash to me while I work for part of the day? Would the dog be likely to follow willingly? (maybe that's a stupid question and depends on the dog??) because that would be great if I could do that, but I wouldn't want to drag the poor thing..
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I walk my puppy to give hay. She loves following the wheelbarrow! I have tied her once, and she screams and screams so I decided to just bring her with.
My boss/BO has a Corgi. He's a great little guy. I've met many labs who are great on the farm.
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    09-14-2011, 01:05 AM
Yes you can tie him to you while you work. If he won't walk at first, encourage him with toys or food, and if that doesn't work then dragging him a a few feet wont kill him.

The worst thing you can do is stop when he puts the brakes on, because then you're teaching him to not walk.

If you want him to do something, make it happen. Don't tip toe around the dog.

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