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Germany to amend the law to require dogs to be walked twice a day
Germany to amend the law to require dogs to be walked twice a day
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The German Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Julia Klöckner has announced she will present an amendment to existing regulations, requiring owners to walk their dogs at least twice a day. Outdoor exercise is already required under the Animal Welfare and Dog Regulation Act, the proposed amendment will stipulate the frequency and duration.

Under the new rules, owners would also be forbidden from tying up their dogs for long periods of time or even leaving them alone all day.

It is estimated that around 20 per cent of the German homes have a dog.