Being a dog owner in this country is sometimes frowned upon, however, there are a lot of countries out there where it is even encouraged to own pets.
Here are the top 10 countries where you can take your furry friend on a tour.
France is well-known for its dog-friendly legislation. One Telegraph writer noted that "even the most palatial chateaux will be happy to welcome your dog, either free of charge or for a small supplement." Also, don't be shocked if you see a dog at the table—the French are far more tolerant when it comes to letting animals in restaurants.
The Swiss take pet ownership very seriously, and the government advises that first-time dog owners attend a training course (and it was once a legal requirement.) However, after you've properly registered and educated your pet, you'll discover that the country is an animal paradise. As one Swiss dog mom wrote: "Nearly every restaurant I've been inside makes a real effort to accommodate us. The offer of dog water as soon as we sit down is no longer a surprise to me."
The Italians are overjoyed to see the puppies. The Italian daily The Local even named one of Italy's beaches, Beaubeach, "a canine-friendly stretch of sand on the outskirts of Rome." So whether you want to laze on the beach or admire the splendor of Villa d'Este, you'll be glad to know that your dog is welcome to join you.
Canada's well-known friendliness extends to both human and animal visitors. According to Trusted Housesitters, Vancouver has eight dog-friendly beaches and a pet-friendly ski resort, while Calgary has more off-leash areas than any other city in North America.
There are minimal restrictions on importing a dog or cat into the UK from another country since the British adore their pets. The Newlyn Art Gallery, the Crich Tramway Museum, and the Newhaven Fort are just a few of the numerous dog-friendly attractions to explore in England.
Other countries should turn to Germany for guidance on how to handle stray animals humanely. The country as a whole has a rigorous no-kill policy, and Berlin is home to Europe's biggest animal sanctuary, having space for approximately 2,000 animals at any given moment (horses included). As writer Michael Barmish said, "Dogs are a very important part of daily life [in Germany] and, as such, are treated with respect as any family member would [be]."
Holland is the place to be if you want to have indoor or outdoor fun with your doggo. You'll be able to use public transit everywhere you go, with your dog at your side. Holland cares so deeply about animals that it provides vegans and vegetarians with cheaper health insurance premiums.
In 2004, the Austrian parliament overwhelmingly enacted an animal rights bill that, among other things, prohibits animal retailers from displaying puppies and kittens in their windows and outlaws choking collars. Though there are certain tight laws, such as all dogs must be leashed and muzzled on the train, they are enormous animal lovers who would warmly greet your pooch.
Not only are dogs permitted to wander without leashes in Sweden, but they are also limited to a certain period of time in cages. You and your dog can enjoy trips to historical fortresses, botanical gardens, camping places, and even gourmet restaurants as far as activities go.
According to Booking.com, Tel Aviv, Israel, has the world's highest dog population per capita, with one dog for every 17 people. There's much to do for the dogs, too: the city boasts 70 dog parks, a dog festival, and a unique non-profit where both dogs and people may volunteer.