How are pets (dogs included) protected in Sweden?
Sweden is a dog paradise. Or better, a paradise for dogs. Or both. Dogs and pets, in general, are protected by law and any act of cruelty on them is considered an offence. Also, they all have a set of fundamental rights:
- to be provided with sufficient water, food, care and space
- to live in an environment that promotes their health and allows for natural behaviour
- to travel in the transport means, in a way that provides shelter and protection
Are there any bonus rights for dogs in Sweden?
Sure! The Swedes treat their dogs as family members
so they cater to their needs more or less the same (or similar) way they do for their kids. By law, dogs in Sweden must be allowed to be taken out for a walk at least every 6 hours
. What? Well, this is why dog daycare centres have
sprung around the country, so they can take care of the dogs while their owners are at work. There are plenty of pet sitters
If the dogs are kept indoors, they must have a view of a window, that allows sunlight. Cool! And they are allowed to travel by bus or train, given they are on a leash or in a carrier. More and more Swedish companies allow their employees to bring their dogs to the office so yes, commuting safely is a priority.
When out for a walk, dogs must be on a leash (even in parks) unless it is a forest or any other open space. But still, you have to keep a close eye on them there, as well. In some parks, there are specific closed areas where dogs are allowed to be free and yup, interact and socialize with other dogs. Remember the law we talked about above? So lagom: to train body and spirit!