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Springtime, Forests, Dogs: Another Cautionary Tale

It's springtime - and yet another sad story heard on this morning's walk, where an uninformed dog owner put both wildlife and his dog in danger...



So - just a reminder to all dog owners that several cantons have on-lead rules in force in wooded areas during certain times of year, most often in the springtime to protect wildlife as they are raising their young.

The portal site Hundeherz has published an article summarizing the regs in the various cantons, here:

http://www.hundeherz.ch/fachbeitrag/...t-und-setzzeit

So what could happen if you ignore the regs? From the article, with my rough translation following:

Der Verstoss gegen die gesetzlich auferlegten Leinenpflichten stellt eine strafrechtliche Übertretung dar, die mit einer Busse bestraft wird - und zwar unabhängig davon, ob der Hund tatsächlich gejagt oder gewildert hat.

The violation of the leash law is punishable with a fine - regardless of whether the dog has actually hunted.

Beisst ein Hund ein Reh oder ein anderes Tier, müssen die betreffenden Hundehaltenden ausserdem für den durch ihren Hund verursachten Wildschaden aufkommen.

If a dog bites a deer or other animal, the dog owner must also pay for the damage caused by their dog.

Haben sie fahrlässig gehandelt - beispielsweise weil ein mehrfach auffälliger, notorisch jagender Hund in wildreichen Gebieten nicht an der Leine geführt wurde, kommt unter Umständen eine Bestrafung wegen fahrlässiger Tierquälerei in Betracht.

If an owner has been negligent - for example, if a dog known to be a hunter is not kept on the leash, the owner also may be punished for negligent animal cruelty.

Wird ein Hund beim Jagen oder Wildern erwischt, sehen fast alle Kantone die Möglichkeit vor, dass dieser durch den Jagdvorsteher oder eine andere Person abgeschossen werden kann.

If a dog is caught while hunting or poaching, in almost all cantons there is possibility that the dog may be shot by a game warden or another person.


So ... check your cantonal and commune regs before you let your dogs off lead in the woods, folks. The rules are there for our dogs' safety, as well as that of wildlife and all those with whom we share these spaces.



/sermon.
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Re: Springtime, Forests, Dogs: Another Cautionary Tale

The laws are very clear about this sort of thing so if owners decide not to keep the dog on a lead, the consequences are clear.

Unfortunate for the dog, but then in same respect unfortunate too for deer/sheep/whatever that got bit and is unlikely to see a vet before complications set in.
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The laws are very clear about this sort of thing so if owners decide not to keep the dog on a lead, the consequences are clear.

Unfortunate for the dog, but then in same respect unfortunate too for deer/sheep/whatever that got bit and is unlikely to see a vet before complications set in.
It is a good head's up, the laws are clear (and for anyone sensitive to the cycles of the natural environment common sense) but MANY people will not be as well informed about the actual seasonal dates when these laws are enforced.
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Re: Springtime, Forests, Dogs: Another Cautionary Tale

I am not a dog person and am afraid of them, as my experience has not been very good, dogs without leashes have come running at me, fortunately never attacked, but inspite of laws n all, if once bit you are the victim , no correction by the owner can take away the horror if it...
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Re: Springtime, Forests, Dogs: Another Cautionary Tale

I think during October if I'm not mistaken, in my Gemeinde we can hunt deers together with a hunting dog. Provided the hunter is licensed.
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I think during October if I'm not mistaken, in my Gemeinde we can hunt deers together with a hunting dog. Provided the hunter is licensed.
I'm sure your chow chow will love it
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Re: Springtime, Forests, Dogs: Another Cautionary Tale

Yes. If only I can bring my chowchow here.
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I think during October if I'm not mistaken, in my Gemeinde we can hunt deers together with a hunting dog. Provided the hunter is licensed.
And (FYI) provided the hunter's dog has passed the Jagdhundprüfung:

http://www.bernerjagd.ch/fileadmin/u..._Juli_2014.pdf

There is a a fair bit of bureaucracy involved in dog activities in Switzerland especially when you combine dogs and shooting things. One of the adjustments to 'the Swiss way' that one needs to make here.

(Not to mention the SKN Theory and Practical courses, Filswiss. )
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Der Verstoss gegen die gesetzlich auferlegten Leinenpflichten stellt eine strafrechtliche Übertretung dar, die mit einer Busse bestraft wird - und zwar unabhängig davon, ob der Hund tatsächlich gejagt oder gewildert hat.

The violation of the leash law is a criminal contravention, which is punishable with a fine - regardless of whether the dog has actually hunted.


/sermon.
Thanks for your thread meloncollie, you might want to add the orange part because it could keep people from letting their dogs off leash more than if they think it's just a civil/etc. matter if they let their dogs off leash.
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