Taking your dog for a walk may soon be required by German law, BBC News reports.
The new regulations — titled Hundeverordnung, or Dogs Act — would keep owners from quick walks and jogs, The Guardian reports. Here’s what the law would require:
- The walks would need to happen twice a day for at least one hour.
- There may also be a ban on keeping dogs chained for too long.
- Dogs can’t be left alone for the entire day.
Germany is currently putting together a number of rules to help crack down on owners of “puppy farms” that may have several litters at once and don’t take them for much-needed walks.
- Breeders would be limited to having more than three litters.
- Puppies would need to spend at least four hours with a human.
Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account, Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner said, according to BBC News.
Lawmakers put together a draft of the plan, which could become law in 2021.
Enforcement would likely not include police visits, according to BBC News.
Critics said it’s almost impossible to measure how long their dog should walk. Some dogs can’t walk, or they’re meant to stay inside, according to The Guardian
- “They should trust people to get on with their own lives. They’ll be telling cat owners how often they need to change their litter trays next,” said Walther Schweiz, who added his dog has cancer.