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Old 01.07.2007, 18:59
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Dog parks in Switzerland

does anyone know what are the rules for dogs at the park are?

I often find a sign that says dogs are not allowed. Yet i find plenty of people in the park with their dogs. they let their dogs off leash at night. even the police and gardeners dont care if their are dogs in the park. they actually put doggy-poop bags inside the park. its like you have to leave your dog outside the park, run in get the bag.

does anyone know of the rules if your caught in the park with your dog. will you get a ticket-if so how much?

Has anyone ever seen a real dogs only park in switzerland?
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Re: Dog parks in Switzerland

When I first came I worried about this but now I just let my dog off and wait for complaints. I must add my dog is very well trained and will stay with me not run around like shes demented. The most problems I have had is with owners of dogs that are on leads launching themselves at my dog then complaining at me.

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Re: Dog parks in Switzerland

Rules are there to be ignored Javo and as you noticed no one mind one bit as long as the sytem is not abused
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Old 02.07.2007, 13:12
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Re: Dog parks in Switzerland

I think as long as you pick up the poop it's ok - although I haven't seen parks where dogs are banned, just where they have to be kept on a lead.

I got asked to put my bc on the lead by a grumpy old sod - right outside my own house .

There is a sign as you walk down our road stating that dogs are to be kept on the lead (it's in a vineyard) but as a resident I ignore it .
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Re: Dog parks in Switzerland

An overview of cantonal dog rules can be found here:

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...echt/index.php

(New legislation is pending in several cantons; check the cantonal website for the latest information.)

Please be aware that in addition to the cantonal regulations, local authorities may designate areas where dogs are not allowed, or where they must be kept on lead. For instance, dogs are generally not allowed in cemeteries, school grounds and swimming areas, and dogs are generally required to be on lead in Naturschutz (wildlife refuge) areas, when walking on streets, and in residential areas. During the spring, dogs are usually asked to be re-leashed while in wooded areas to protect young wild animals, ditto during hunting season for your dog's safety.

If there are no signs indicating otherwise, and if the cantonal rules allow, you can pretty much assume that it is OK to let your well behaved dog off lead.

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Obviously, though, if a dog has anything less than perfect instant recall, he/she should be kept on lead. Standard etiquette asks that if you see an on-lead dog walking towards you, you should recall and re-leash yours. It's always best to ask permission of the owner before allowing your dog to approach another.

If an area is marked as 'on-lead', please do comply. Thanks to the recent tabloid campaign , there is so much fear, misunderstanding and even hatred towards dogs out there - we don't need to add fuel to the fire. Disregarding local rules only undermines the fight against the draconian legislation now under proposal; responsible ownership is the best way to win hearts and minds.

(Stepping off soapbox now...)

Look what has happened down my way: My favorite walk was through a woods along a parcours; signs clearly asked that dogs be kept on lead. Nonetheless, for years some owners let their dogs run free through the area. Finally the Gemeinde got fed up, and dogs are now banned from the woods altogether.

The police were out one weekend reminding people to keep their dogs off the parcours, and on-lead in the Naturschutz zone; fines were mentioned, but I have no idea how much.

I wish we had real dog parks here; I'd give anything for a place where my youngster could safely get the off-lead exercise and socialization she needs. Unfortunately, I haven't found one yet. Some dog clubs will rent their training grounds to members for occasional private use; you might try asking your local club if that would be possible. Additionally, some farmers rent out their unused fields.

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Re: Dog parks in Switzerland

there is an island in the river near Sihl City with a bar and a huge collection of dogs. I've been there with my dogs and it's a good place - but of course you really do get a mix of dogs and owners there.

I for one have had to discipline some ****wit's dog who was determined to try to shag one of my dogs. If you know your dog is going to cause a problem, be it social or dangerous, keep the thing on a lead (so reiterating above).
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Old 02.07.2007, 16:19
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Standard etiquette asks that if you see an on-lead dog walking towards you, you should recall and re-leash yours. It's always best to ask permission of the owner before allowing your dog to approach another.
Pretty much agree with everything but an interesting aside to the quoted sentences. We noticed that our 18 month border collie was more anxious, to the point of getting aggressive, towards other dogs when she was on the lead and they were on the lead. If they were off the lead and she was on the lead then she was just scared, not aggressive. Then, reading a doggy psychologists book on shepherding and sheep guarding dogs (can't remember the name but will find out once home) I came across the interesting snippet that dogs feel that they must defend their owner and themselves when leashed - the fight or flight options are limited.

Since then, when approached by a leashed dog we generally ask if it's ok to let both off to say hello - with some it's a non starter but most are fine. We have one particular black curly belgian sheep dog-like friend that always tries to fight if either is on the leash, and is the height of good manners if both are off. We did catch a cold with this method when a young alsation carrying a ball didn't want to share .
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I wish we had real dog parks here; I'd give anything for a place where my youngster could safely get the off-lead exercise and socialization she needs. Unfortunately, I haven't found one yet.
Try the Allmend Brunau (opposite SihlCity) for getting some good doggy exercise! As far as I know, it's the only wide open area in or around Zurich where you can let your dogs run to their heart's content without having to worry about being shouted at. The river Sihl flows through it, so they can even splash around when it's hot. On one side there's a small kiosk serving cold drinks, coffee, beer and snacks where you can sit and watch pooch play with the others.
Take trams 5 and 13 (get out at "Saalsporthalle") or, if by car, drive towards SihlCity and then exit at the football fields - largish parking area with meters.
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