Taking your dog for walks twice a day for at least an hour in total could soon become the law in Germany.
There could also be a ban on keeping dogs chained for long periods.
Rules are also being devised to crack down on "puppy farms" by banning breeders from looking after more than three litters at any one time.
"Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account," Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner said about the planned changes. Read more