The capital of Russia turned out to be inconvenient for breeding dogs and walking pets. According to a study by the Urban Pet organization, 62 percent of Moscow dog owners reported low levels of dog-friendly in the city. The results of surveys of 500 pet owners were at the disposal of Lenta.ru.
Two-thirds of dog owners in Moscow point to poorly thought out pet-friendly infrastructure on the streets. About 75 percent of the respondents said they pay attention to the convenience of the location for their dogs when choosing an area to live. At the same time, the capital still lacks areas for training and socialization of animals, as well as benches, sheds and gazebos for pet owners, according to the respondents. About 44 percent of Muscovites pointed to the small number of special urns for excrement.
“Our research has shown that the dog helps Muscovites to rest and reboot, slow down the pace of life and even spend time with their family. Developers have learned to create a comfortable environment for parents with small children, for athletes, for the elderly, but there is practically no infrastructure for dogs in the city, although at least 15 percent of Muscovites have dogs, ”said the head of the project, Artem Gebelev.
Infrastructure problems for dogs are hindering the development of a culture of responsible pet ownership, Urban Pet officials said. About 95 percent of the respondents note that there is no opportunity for their dogs to train with an instructor. Another 75 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the existing pet-infrastructure in Moscow. The metropolitan dog lovers want, for example, to have the opportunity to drink coffee or charge their phones at the walking grounds. The second most popular problem for dog breeders was the impossibility of combining household chores and walks with pets due to the prohibition of entry with the animal into shops, cafes, banks. The prevalence of such situations was reported by 57 percent of those surveyed.
At the end of September, the Russian government supported amendments to the legislation, according to which the authorities of the subjects will be allowed to prescribe in detail the rules for keeping and walking pets. It is assumed that in the regions the procedure for treating pets will be worked out taking into account the local specifics, problems with stray dogs.