German word of the Day : der Hund (or Dog)

Large Dog painting in the Upper Belvedere

This time I wanna share something unique about my German neighbours and their Dogs, or der Hund.Hund is masculine in gender in German grammar, and plural is die Hunde. They loved Dogs, no they just simply adore them. I think they prefer dogs than their other neighbours, really! Having a dog here is quite different from where I came from so this is really a culture shock for me. There are laws to abide if you have pets here and the fines are no joke!

Kidding aside, since I came here, I was immediately amazed how these people do with their furry friends. They treat them like kings, queens and princesses.I am always running in parks and I always see people pushing their puppies, and other lovely doggies with a carrier, looks like a stroller actually.I thought for a minute that they were real babies inside…!

Today after work I dropped by shortly to the nearby grocery shop to get some plants. Coincidentally, I bumped into an old colleague of mine, and yes, she has a Dog, and her name is Klara. We chatted a bit and suddenly she mentioned that she also need to pick her Dog up.

Do you have any idea where??

Het Zinneke ; the peeing Dog

From a Dog Daycare.A place like Daycare or Kindergarten with care for kids, only this time, only for the Dogs. People leave their pets here when they go to work. Safer here than leaving them behind alone at home. Unbelievable.

Yes, Welcome to Germany…where dogs have a school for them to learn something like ” How do Dogs learn..? ” or ” The Adolescent development of Dogs“..! You can enroll your dog in a “Hundeschule” but you need of course to pay with a price. It´s not cheap. It is expensive.

Carl Zuckmayer believed that “A life without a dog is a mistake,” while actor Heinz Rühmann maintained that “you can live without a dog, but it’s not worth it” and German comedian Loriot was of the opinion that “living without dogs is possible – but meaningless.

My neighbours walked their dogs everyday. Here we have plastic stations for Dog Poop in parks so the owner can pick up the dog poop and throw it on trash. It is not normal to let your dogs poop on the streets and leave it.No matter who you are or wherever you are, here in Germany, you are legally responsible to take care of your dog´s poop. In fact, you can be fined up to 5,000 Euros if you are caught violating this law.Not only that, if you are a dog owner here in Germany, your pet should be vaccinated and have a passport in accordance with EU-PetScheme.

In order to walk around with your dog in public spaces without a leash, your dog must first be 15 months or older and you must own a dog handlers certificate or Hundeführerschein.My boss has a giant Dane and I am scared everytime I see it when she bring it at work. It looked more like a horse than a dog to me cuz it´s really huge.

Further reading :

Ten breeds of Dogs that originate from Germany

Thinking of bringing your Dog or pets to Germany, then you should read this!

Do you love dogs? what kind of pet do you have?

Until then, Tschüss!

3 thoughts on “German word of the Day : der Hund (or Dog)

  1. I am definitely a fan of dogs. British people are big dog lovers. There is doggy daycare here too, though maybe not quite as expensive. Hugo has an occasional dog walker , if we are both working long days. Luckily at the moment my hours work well so we don’t need to ask her very often. There are fines here for not picking up poop. Unfortunately there are not always people around to police this, so some people get away with not picking up. Which is horrendous in my opinion. There are no laws about when you can have your dog unleashed, but I tend to walk Hugo on lead , as he has no road sense and doesn’t like some other dogs. I let him off in empty fields. Yes it’s quite a lifestyle change having a dog. X


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