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Old 15.06.2012, 13:28
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Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Hi guys !

I would need your precious advices on where I can let my dog and her four legged friends run free in Bern Canton.

We will meet up with friends and 3 dogs around Biel, and I would like to find a spot where we can let them play and ideally swim without disturbing anyone.

I know that forests are out of the picture to let the faun peacefully reproduce (... well it's more give birth than reproduce but i don't have the right words in english for that situation.... well you got the idea !)

Does anyone know a path / lake / walk or piece of land where we could do that ?

Thanks very much for your help !!
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Old 15.06.2012, 13:52
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

http://www.biel.ch/ww/de/pub/wohneni...rbepolizei.cfm

I would contact the Biel city police, they should know of public places,


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Old 15.06.2012, 13:57
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Thanks !

I wrote to the tourism office but no answer so far...
I hope soon !

Thanks again !
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Please let us know if you find something!
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Old 15.06.2012, 22:32
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

I guess I'll check with the tourism office when i arrive.
I'll let you know

Very nice and sunny week end everyone !
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

I was expecting you to E-Mail the city police polizei.inspektorat@biel-bienne.ch but I expect they have now closed for the weekend.
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Old 16.06.2012, 10:08
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

I don't want to disturb the police for that. They are not the tourism office ! So, I'd rather check with the tourism office first
Have a nice week end !
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Yes this info I would like to know as I'm moving to biel in two weeks with 2 year old boxer dolly! Hope you hear something, but when I was in biel a couple weeks ago down by the lake where the big boat is, that everyone had there dogs of leash and in the town alot of dogs weren't on leashes either!
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Amande, the tourism office is not the right place to ask - they have nothing to do with dog control law, and likely would not know the answer to your question.

Dog control is the competence of the canton and Gemeinde - and enforced by the police. So to answer your question, first ask at the Gemeinde Animal Control if one exists, if not, ask at Einwohnerkontroll. If they cannot help you, then ask the police as Sbrinz suggests.

To give you an idea, Biel must follow the Berner cantonal regs:

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...recht/bern.php

But each Gemeinde is free to designate areas where dogs are forbidden, or restricted.

In general in Switzerland, dogs are forbidden from swimming beaches, from cemeteries, in grocery stores and post offices. They generally need to be on lead around school grounds, designated children's play areas, along heavily trafficked streets, in forests in the spring and fall, and anywhere else so signed. Be aware that fields are usually privately owned and farmed, stick to the Wanderweg so as not to disturb the crops/livestock.

And of course, dogs must be under control at all times.

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Be aware that in March 2012 the Berner Grosser Rat has proposed a revision to the cantonal laws forbidding a person from walking more than 3 dogs at a time without a special permit. This has not yet been put into law, however - but folks in Bern should keep their eyes on this one.
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So to get your definitive answer, call or pop down to the Bieler Gemeindehaus and simply ask.

(My Gemeinde in SZ publishes a map of forbidden areas, as well as the location of all Robidogs. )
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Re: Locations to let dogs run free in Bern Kanton

Thanks for all that informations Meloncollie

But this is not what I asked for I don't need to be reminded of the law, I don't need to know about dog control, I don't need to hear that my dog needs to be under my control, I know all that stuff and I did my homework prior to plan to go there

Petermartin, Jules in Basel, I'll let you know !
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Thanks for all that informations Meloncollie

But this is not what I asked for I don't need to be reminded of the law, I don't need to know about dog control, I don't need to hear that my dog needs to be under my control, I know all that stuff and I did my homework prior to plan to go there

Petermartin, Jules in Basel, I'll let you know !
Meloncollie gave you the answer. She listed the places where dogs are forbidden and where they have to be on leash. You therefore should be able to deduct by pure logic the places where your dogs don't have to be on leash. I don't know many places in the canton of Berne designated purely for dogs. Rule number 1: Call your dogs and leash them if you come near to other persons.
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Meloncollie gave you the answer
I guess I wasn't precise enough then. I wasn't asking for general informations about walking your dog in Bern Kanton, I was actually asking for precise place, like go in this town or that town and turn left by the church.

So no, she didn't answer. But again, I guess my question was too vague. My bad.

For who may be interested in the answer now that I have experienced it : the lake of Bienne is nice but dogs are forbidden basically everywhere (surprise, surprise...). I talked with many locals, most of them dog owner, and they were quite pissed with that law actually.
We went in a small town called Lattingen. Some locals showed us a path along the lake , after the camping (see what i meant by precise directions ), where you can let your dog swim and have fun a bit.

Sorry EFers in Bern Kanton, I don't help much and I am sure you can find better places to let your dog swim, but I didn't have enough time to find it !
If someone does, let us know !

Good night all.
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