The stick and leather thong represent dogs' bondage to their human masters. Throughout the novel, humans use the stick and leather thong to prevent their animals from escaping into the wild. Bill
bind their dogs when they fear that they might be lured into the forest. Gray Beaver
so that she won't run away, or attack other dogs. In this way, the stick and leather thong not only physically restrain these canines, but also suppresses their urge to return to nature. Under the stick and thong, dogs are forced to remain by the side of man.