German citizens may soon be required to take their dogs for two walks a day if a new law passes. The legislation also includes a ban on keeping dogs chained for long periods of time.

The law includes provisions for both dog owners and dog breeders in the country. One in five German homes has a dog. Government officials are considering a law that mandates that dog owners:

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  • cannot leave dogs home alone the whole day
  • cannot keep dogs chained for long periods of time
  • must walk their dogs twice a day, minimum of one hour total walking time

Another set of rules applies to breeders which says no more than three litters can be handled at one time and that puppies must spend four hours a day getting socialized.

“Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account,” Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner said about the planned updates. If passed, the law would come into effect in early 2021.

The laws were made with input from animal rights experts. German states would be responsible for enforcing the laws.

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