Petiquette: Do’s and Don’ts with your Dog in Prague
As pet-friendly as the Czech Republic and Prague is, there are still some dos and don’ts when concerning your traveling four legged friends. While the official rules do not state that all dogs have to be leashed at all times, apply your common sense and gauge how your dog will behave in public. Erring on the side of caution, it would always be better to leash them and keep a watchful eye on them. There are two locations that dogs must be leashed, with a few exceptions. The first is that dogs must be leashed at all times in parks unless the signs state otherwise, such as in Letna or Liben’s meadows where the dogs can roam free.
The second and slightly more complicated situation is on the public transport. Dogs must either be in carrier bags, or leashed with a muzzle. You can bring dogs onto trams, buses, and trains but there are a few rules to note. You must notify the conductor or authorized individual about your dog’s presence, the person can either allow the dog to enter or not (though they usually will not say no). The dogs may only enter the public vehicle via designated doors and must be on a different tram from the baby carriers for safety reasons. If the dog is not in a carrier bag, you must pay.
While it is very exciting to see well behaved dogs roaming around the street with their owners, you should never call to the dog or approach and pet them without asking the owner. There are multiple reasons why this is not a good idea. The first is that the dog might not be used to those who are unfamiliar with them and react negatively or that they are still in training and could be distracted. A simple way to know is by saying ‘Můžu (si) pohladit vašeho psa?” (“Can I pet your dog?”) to confirm with the owner and ensure nothing goes wrong.
While these rules may seem strict, this is not to say there is not an immense amount of freedom for our furry friends. Many restaurants, cafes, and bars will allow you to bring the dogs in, though often times they must remain leashed or close to you.