Thursday, December 06, 2007

Driver's License for a man's best friend
Vienna is now issuing drivers license to dog owners at a cost of 25 euros. The process includes a written and practical exam in order to examine the dog owner's competence. The written component is used in order to test whether or not the owner is able to identify their responsibilities when it comes to their dog's behavior and health. On the other hand, the practical component of the exam requires a walk through town in order to test the owner's response when faced with different situations. For example, the pet's owner may be tested on whether or not a muzzle is place when using public transportation or whether or not the owner picks up feces done by their companion. After the test has been successfully completed, the owner will be exempt from an annual dog tax of 43.60 euros.
Although not literally a driver's license, this document is used in order to diminish the fear that non dog owners have toward dogs, by testing the knowledge of owners on basic rules needed to lead a dog in order to create an amicable relationship between canines and humans. So far, this process has been somewhat successful but very popular considering that the incentive helps owners save money.

Posted by Vanessa Raphael (11)


At 10:23 PM, Blogger PWH said...

I found your article very interesting. I think this new potential law is a great idea! I agree with the law itself and I also think it is a great idea to have the license optional. I wonder if the cost for license is more, equal, or less than the tax exemption.

Posted by Kathryn DeLisle (11)

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont really see the point in this law. It seems kind of silly. I think there should be a law that the person should take and exam BEFORE even buying a dog, cuz many people have no idea about the responsibilies of owning a dog and end up mistreating it or giving it up. However, I do think this law is good only in the way that it saves the owner money and can help decrease the number of dog attacks on humans if the owners actually follow the rules.

Posted By: Katie Berthiaume

At 8:37 PM, Blogger PWH said...

I think this article is fairly interesting. I grew up around many different kinds of dogs and I strongly believe that dogs are usually a reflection of their owners and that to label a specific type of dog is wrong. People should take resposibility for their dogs and anyone that approaches a dog should be aware that dogs will bite if you bother them. Since they don't have hands (obviously) to push you off.

Bruno Karam (11)


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