If you are outside in the yard with your dog, and he/she is chained up, that is a different story. There was a time I had to put Beulah on a chain in the back yard because she can jump my 6ft privacey fence. I hated doing that, and I would never do it again. I think it is cruel to just put your dog on a chain and leave them there. Joce, how long is your dog outside by itself?