New law will make it illegal to walk your dog less than twice a day in Germany
The German government has announced a new set of laws to ensure all its four-legged citizens get enough exercise, companionship, and the best possible start in life.
Published on the 20/08/2020, 18:00
Germany's agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, announced the news earlier this week.
The Dog's Act
Under the new laws, owners are obligated to walk their dogs twice a day for a total of one hour. They also prohibit people from leaving dogs alone all day. Instead, owners will have to check-in several times or hire a dog sitter.
Other measures include minimising the time dogs spend on a leash and legislation to regulate breeders and protect puppies. Julia Klockner said the laws are based on the latest scientific findings.
"[Dogs] need a sufficient measure of activity and contact with environmental stimuli," said Klockner.
But not everybody is impressed by the new Dog's Act. Some have questioned how the measures would be enforced, while others think it's unfair to apply a one-size-fits-all policy to every dog.
Barbel Kleid lives in Berlin with a Yorkshire Terrier called Sam. She said:
"Will the neighbour call the police if they suspect me of not taking Sam for long enough walks?"
Not 'paw-fect,' but a great start!
German MP Saskia Ludwig tweeted the following:
"I will not be taking my Rhodesian Ridgeback for two rounds of walks in 32 degrees heat!"
It looks like ministers have got some work to do before the laws come into effect next year. But in the meantime, let's be thankful some governments are starting to take doggy welfare so seriously!
Frequently asked questions
How many walks a day does a dog need?
Every dog needs at least one walk a day. The recommended walk time is 30 minutes. However, active dogs and working breeds require significantly more. Some dogs need up to two hours of exercise a day split between two walks.
Here's why walking your dog is so important.
When should you start walking your puppy?
Vets recommend waiting until 14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster before you start walking them. This usually happens at around 14 weeks of age. Until then, there are plenty of ways to help them get enough exercise indoors.
Here's all there is to know about puppy exercise.
Is it safe to hike with a dog?
Many dogs love the great outdoors, and most national parks welcome furry guests. But elderly dogs and flat-faced breeds aren't built for hiking, especially during warmer months of the year. And even active pooches need some extra protection on a hike.