Danish laws regarding dogs

This post is a relpy to a facebook question. Ayala Naor asked: “I have a question, which may interest others too: What are the Danish laws and regulations regarding dogs (leash laws, etc.)?”

I’ve been googling Danish dog laws and have tried to translate the bits that could be of interest to foreign OEC handlers:

Dogs older than 4 mth. has to wear collar and name tag. 
Danish owned dogs older dogs older than 4 mth. has to be micro chipped or tatooed and registered in the Danish Dog Register. 

Dogs walked in towns with a population of less than 15.000 people (Sorø has 8.000) have to be kept on leash or be accompanied by someone that has full control over the dog. The dog has to stay close to the handler. If the dog is on leash the leash must be so short that the dog stays close to the handler.

In cities with a population of more than 15.000 people dogs of larger breeds (Border Collie, Labrador size or larger) has to be kept on leash. Smaller dogs have to be kept on leash or be accompanied by someone that has full control over the dog. The dog has to stay close to the handler. If the dog is on leash the leash must be so short that the dog stays close to the handler.

Dogs cannot disturb the public by continuous barking or howling.

All dogs must have an insurance that will cover if it causes damage to people or things. The owner of a dog is always responsible for any damage caused by the dog.

And according to Danish Animal Welfare laws it is forbidden to use choke/prong collars, electrical collars or any other training device that can cause pain or discomfort to the dog.

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One Response to Danish laws regarding dogs

  1. Minna Yrjana says:

    I think it’s a very good thing that choke chains and prong collars are not allowed! I hope they would take this law to all european countries.

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