BUT , for those who tether your dogs, what are they tethered to ?! I do not have a fenced yard, therefore my dogs are tethered. which makes me nervous because one of my dads German shepherds that he had growing up, chased after a mink while tethered to a tree in their yard, and ended up breaking his neck, and died instantly. (r.i.p Eagle) does it make a difference , if say what they are tethered to is more flexible? I feel really dumb asking this, and probably rightly so. Anyways, is there any tethers or, ground stakes or anything that can help prevent things like that from happeneing?