Since Swedish animal welfare regulations may differ from other country’s regulations, here are some of them that we want to make you aware of.


General regulations

Between 1 March and 20 August, you must keep your dog under such supervision that it is prevented from running free where there may be wildlife. Also be vigilant that some areas, such as nature reserves, there may be stricter leash requirements for dogs.

 

Dogs may not be kept in cages except on special occasions (at exhibitions, competitions and examinations, training for a competition, in conjunction with hunting and transport). Dogs may be temporarily stored in the car during transport and overnight stays in connection with travel, during stays in areas where pets are not allowed or during other activities such as hunting, competitions, shows and training for the dog. When kept in the car at competition make sure the temperature in the car stays between -5°c and +25°c. A dog may be kept in the car for at maximum 3hours at the time. This means you have to check on your dog every 3hours to see if it needs a walk and to make sure the dog has water available. During transport, you should give it water and walk the dog at least every 6 hours. The last part also applied when a dog is left inside alone, the dog needs to be taken out for walks at least every 6hours.

Dogs may not be kept tied up indoors. Outdoors, dogs may only be tied up for a maximum of two hours per day under supervision. You may tie up your dog temporarily for short-term rest in connection with competitions, hunting or other activities for the dog such as training and other training of the dog.


Training tools

Some aversive dog training tools are banned in Sweden and some comes with restrictions.

Electric collars and prong collars are not allowed to be used on dogs. It is not allowed to use invisible electric fences that give the dog a shock when the dog passes it. Muzzles are allowed to be used temporarily on your dog. In that case, there must be a special need to use the muzzle and you must have the dog under supervision. If necessary, the dog should be able to lower its body temperature by hoarseness. By hoarseness is meant that the dog breathes with an open mouth with a fast-breathing frequency of 200-400 breaths per minute. 


 

General welfare regulations for competitions

You must train or compete with your dog in such a way that the dog is free from suffering. You who train or compete with the dog are responsible for adapting the performance requirements to the dog’s physical and mental abilities.You must not use equipment or aids that could injure and/or cause any distress to the dog. You are obliged to subject your dog for a vet. inspection from the veterinarian at the competition before start and/or when requested if a veterinary inspection is required. You are also obliged to follow the veterinarian's recommendations inside the competition area.You are not to affect your dog's performance or temperament during training or competition by giving medicines, drugs or other substances. You also must not affect a dog’s performance or temperament through, for example, acupuncture or ultrasound. 


An English translation of the complete animal welfare regulations for dogs can found here