special care 1 March 20 August

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during the time 1 March 20 August you must keep your dog extra large unattended when you are out in nature. This is shown in section 16 Act (2007:1150) on the control of dogs and cats. It says that dogs should be prevented from running loose in grounds where there are wild.

Environmental Protection Agency's interpretation of the law is that if a dog should be prevented from running loose must in most cases be kept on a leash. It's just extremely well trained dogs that can go loose while the 1 March to 20 August. In practice, the dog, on the loose, be no more than a meter away from you. You need to have such control over your dog that it corresponds to an invisible leash. The word "connection compulsion" or "koppeltvång" do not appear in the legislation, except herding law which in some cases requires the dogs held or trapped in strip.

The law's purpose is to protect the wild animals, both mammals and birds, during the most sensitive time when the animals get their kids. The chips law aimed at practically all natural land, Also large parks and the like.

Full control even another time

Even at other times of the year, the dog must be kept under such supervision be restrained from harassing wildlife. This means that the dog must be loose in sight, provided you can stop it or call it if it encounters a wild animal. If you can not, the dog must walk on a leash or rope. A stray dog ​​in the wild may be linked by a jakträttshavare. It is often the landowner or someone representing him or her.

If the dog is not going to catch it risks being shot. A dog owner has a strict liability that the dog does not cause "injury or substantial inconvenience". This applies not only wild but also, for example, grazing domestic animals. Even a dog that does not bite animals, but just chasing them in a pasture, is an example of a damage or inconvenience.

In an area where reindeer, dogs, not used in herding, coupled. This also applies when the reindeer move. This rule is in the Reindeer Husbandry Act. Here are a koppeltvång ("Held in the tape").

Coupling Force in national parks

In some cases, the absolute connection coercion. When there is no room for interpretation of the law. National parks applies to dogs should be linked. In some national parks dogs are not allowed at all.

All national parks have rules, so-called regulations, where you can read what applies in that particular area. On the Environmental Protection Agency's website you can find the rules that apply in Sweden's national parks.

The nature reserve

In most nature reserves clutch coercion. The nature reserve with sensitive wildlife or the many visitors it is often so. See the information sign at the entrance to the nature reserve or ask your county government or municipality.

Local and regional decision clutch coercion

The County Board may decide on the clutch forced under the Hunting Decree. The decision to apply both in time 1 mars – 20 August as other time of the year. Coupling Force comes to such a large part of the Baltic Sea coast archipelago.

The municipality may also impose local rules on, for example, switching coercion and dog ban. Dog Ban applies for example often for playgrounds, in many cemeteries and on public beach. More detailed information on what applies in your community, you can get from the municipal department of environment- and health.

Dog Owner's Responsibility

Dog owners have so-called "strict liability" for their dog. This means that you can even be held responsible for damage the dog causes, even if someone else is in charge of the. This responsibility also includes knowing the laws and regulations that apply.

Exemptions in connection with, for example, hunting

One must have the dogs loose:

  • permitted hunting or hunting training during specific times indicated in 16 § hunting regulation (they will then not hunt more than the game that is lawful for the hunt). It varies depending on the game species.
  • for tracking or retrieving of damaged or felled game if the dog is under the control of the driver with the support of 17 § hunting regulation.
  • for herding livestock on the basis of 32 § Environmental Protection Agency regulations 2002:18.

The County Administrative Board can provide more exceptions. These are given in some cases for the exercise of such police dogs, working dogs and guard dogs. County Board may also restrict the possibilities of using hunting dogs in some cases.

The municipal by-laws contain rules on dog control. Contact the municipality for more information.


Responsible: Vivian

Bland grundade 1 July 1993