We have one of those tie outs for Zoey that you twist into the ground that we put her on when we are out front grilling.. She never gets to stay out alone though. Ever. I'm not a trusting person.
It bugs the hell outta me though when people leave their dogs out on chains all day an all night... I used to have a friend who's family had a basset hound... They would leave her outside 24/7 because they didn't want to take the time to house train her.. She was even out all winter long.. and our winters aren't exactly mild here in MN.. especially for a short haired dog....She became one of those 'Out of site, Out of mind' dogs.. She had a little dog house to go in, and the chain was hooked to the front of the house.. it was really sad because she had this half circle carved into the ground at the end of her lead where she would run back and fourth, back and fourth..
A few years later a good neighbor of theirs built her an outdoor run and a new, bigger dog house with a door on it.. He put a heated pad inside of it for her and put insulation in the walls.. She was still terribly neglected by her own family though.. Her run was always full of poop, and her enormous water bowl was always filled with algea and all sorts of other junk. They had an enormous food bowl in there too so the wouldn't have to fill it as often. The good neighbor would have to go over there himself and shovel the poop from her run and wash out her water bowl, and clip her nails from time to time because he felt so terrible for her. He never reported them for it, because he wanted to stay in their good books I guess.. He had hopes of adopting the dog from them but I don't know if he ever got her or not.. If I had been older and less afraid of ruining a friendship.. I should have reported them myself.. What irks me even more is they had a little Yorkie that got to live inside and was spoiled beyond all belief...
Errr... anyway my story got a little off track I guess.. I think it's fine to tie out a dog for a little while as long as the dog is safe and enjoying it.. but no more than that.