In order to be able to spend relaxing holidays with your dog in the Val Pusteria valley, you have to consider a few things
Image gallery: Rules and regulations for dog owners
The Val Pusteria valley is divided into a part on South Tyrolean terrain (Italy) and one on East Tyrolean terrain (Austria). Therefore the corresponding rules of the respective country apply.
EU pet passport:
The EU pet passport / international vaccination certificate always has to be carried along, so that you can prove all the necessary vaccinations. Moreover your four-legged friend needs a microchip for identification. Dogs, which were marked before the 3rd of July 2011 for the first time may have a clearly readable tattoo.
Basically dogs are transported on buses, trams, trains and cable cars as far as the needed space is available. Your dog has to be kept on a lead and must wear a muzzle.
Leash and muzzle:
In East Tyrol (Austria) dogs must be leashed in parks, public buildings, shops, restaurants and in the vicinity of pasture areas, in some municipalities also along field and hiking paths. In Italy, and therefore also in South Tyrol, there is the mandatory use of dog leashes since 2009 and an extended muzzling order which means, that a muzzle always has to be carried along. Leash and muzzle are prerequisites to be able to use public transport in both countries.
Disposal of excrements:
Not only a question of respect, but required by law, is that you have to scoop the poop of your four-legged companion. In East Tyrol this is a must in all public spaces and agricultural areas, in Italy it is a principal requirement. Dog owners can be threatened with high fines if they don’t collect the excrements. Some municipalities offer dispenser with suitable bags.
So what to bring along for dog-friendly holidays?:
- EU pet passport with rabies vaccination
- Liability insurance policy
- Dog lead and muzzle
- Poop scoop bags
- Tick tweezer, iodine solution for disinfection, dressings (for emergency cases)
- All that is necessary, that your dog feels comfortable in the new surrounding (favourite blanket, toys…)