Hi, it’s me – Turner! I’m back again to talk to you about hondenspeelweiden – that’s Dutch for dog play yard – and toiletten – that’s right, you guessed it… dog toilets! Here’s how it works:
In the city of Utrecht, all dog owners pay a dog tax. This tax covers the costs of maintaining these toilets and play yards (and clean up the mess the bad dogs and owners leave on the sidewalks, stoops, and children’s play areas).
Some of these dog areas (hondentoiletten) require that dogs keep their owners on a leash at all times. But in some of the bigger designated areas (hondenspeelweiden) that are more contained and not so close to the road, bike paths, and other social areas for the people, we can let our owners run freely. I like those the best! If your owner is found off the leash in any area other than the hondenspeelweiden you will be fined.
The city of Utrecht alone boasts almost 100 hondenspeelwieden and 400 hondentoiletten. Toilets and play areas can be found in Wijk West, Wijk Noordwest, Wijk Overvecht, Wijk Noordoost, Wijk Oost, Wijk Binnenstad, Wijk Zuid, Wijk Zuidwest, Wijk Leidsche Rijn, and Wijk Vleuten de Meern. Note: wijk is the Dutch word for district. There are certain rules all owners and dogs must abide by. To download the brochure from the Utrecht Gemeente (in Dutch), click here.
Is there a favorite hondentoilet or hondenspeelweide near you? What do you think of the system of having these areas for dogs and dog owners? Do you have a dog? Please feel free also to ask any questions and leave comments. I love to hear from you!
Join me next month when I will talk about Pet Relocation.
Until next time!