Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY.With almost one in five German homes owning a hound, the new "Animal Welfare Dog Regulation," which also sets limits on the transportation of farm animals in hot weather, affects a significant proportion of the population."Compulsory Walkies for Dog Owners? Rubbish!" wrote the top-selling Bild newspaper in an opinion piece on the new decree.
Watch TODAY All Day ! Get the best news, information and inspiration from TODAY, all day long.A spokesman for the VDH German Dog Association said most owners were laughing at the new rule because they already spent enough time walking their four-legged friend.
"One rule for all dogs is probably well meant but unrealistic," said VDH spokesman Udo Kopernik.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the APPA. There are 77.8 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 85.8 million pet cats.
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Then there is the question of enforcement. The ministry has said the 16 federal states will be responsible for enforcing the rule but it is unclear how.