Under new regulations and amendments, German dog owners will be ordered by law to take their pets on hour-long walks twice a day.
Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner will introduce new legislation in the Dogs Act to ensure people take their animals for substantial walks rather than short trips around the neighbourhood.
She added that this law is based on evidence that the 9.3 million dogs in Germany are not in fact, getting enough daily exercise – and said that it had also emerged that dogs need a “sufficient measure of activity and contact with environmental stimuli per day.
‘Dogs are not cuddly toys. They also have their own needs, which need to be taken into account,’ she said.
Under the new rules it will also be illegal for dogs to be left alone at home for long periods of time, while keeping dogs on a lead for a significant amount of time could also be banned.
The Agricultural Ministry has confirmed local authorities across each German state will be responsible for enforcement.
It is expected the legislation will come into effect next year.
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