Germany's Agriculture Minister, Julia Klöckner, has announced the future passage of a law that will force Germans to walk their dogs twice a day. The reason, as explained by the politician, is the evidence that many of the 9.4 million dogs in Germany are not having the exercise or encouragement they need.

Germany Pet Law Walk Dogs Twice A Day Or Else

As The Daily Mail reported, under the new Hundeverordnung, or dog regulations, not just any walk will suffice, but the owners will have the obligation to walk their dogs for a minimum of one hour each time they take them out.

“Dogs are not cuddly toys. They also have their own needs, which need to be taken into account," explained Klöckner, who assured that the regulation comes after new scientific findings that show that dogs need a "sufficient measure of activity and contact with environmental stimuli. " It could also be prohibited to put dogs on a chain or leash for a long period of time.

Germany Pet Law Walk Dogs Twice A Day Or Else

The legal modification that Germany intends to materialize would include other regulations, such as prohibiting the approximately 9.4 million dogs in the country from spending long periods at home alone or from being kept on a leash for a significant period of time.

This has generated debate in Germany, among other things, of doubts about the way this will foreseeably be imposed next year. 19 percent of German households have dogs, making them the second most popular pet in the country after cats. The authorities of the 16 German states will be responsible for applying the law.

Germany Pet Law Walk Dogs Twice A Day Or Else

For now, the government's plans have already been met with the skepticism from thousands of Germans, who wonder how the authorities will be able to enforce these new regulations.

Even a politician, MP Saskia Ludwig, has voiced her objection at this new law. She said on Twitter: "I will not be taking my Rhodesian Ridgeback for two rounds of walks in 32 degrees heat, rather we will jump in the river for a refreshing cool down instead".

Germany Pet Law Walk Dogs Twice A Day Or Else

But one commenter below the article was investigating the source of the law and found that it won't truly be a law.

The comment said: "I checked the German news for this and it does not say that dog owners have to take their dogs out for two walks of an hour. The law says dogs are entitled to at least one hour of playtime or a run out a day - that can be in the garden as well".

It looks like The Daily Mail article might have been blowing things out of proportion quite a bit, as it won't be a law that will be strongly enforced.

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