Sometimes I think Mr. Wild Dingo and I are the lowest common denominator here in Switzerland. Language difficulties aside, even the picture signage here can be confusing. From the comments listed on the last post, I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels a little out of the loop.
Sometimes you have a sign that is white and red with a dog on it like this:
And sometimes you have blue signs with a dog on it. Sometimes the blue sign will have a dog that's leashed and sometimes it will have a dog that's not leashed. When you see the signs separately, you never give it much thought except that it likely means that dogs are allowed.
But when we saw the two together it got a little confusing. And to make things even more confusing, the words below the sign translate "road not plowed" which has nothing to do with where to walk an unleashed or leashed dog.
But when seeing all signs in one location and stepping back, the picture becomes more clear.
The trail to the right is a walking trail and not shown in this photo, there's another blue dog sign with the white/unleashed dog on it. So this double sign above is indicating that the trail for leashed dogs is to the left (or straight) and the one for unleashed is to the right.
Thinking about how Switzerland handles dog ordinance, it makes so much more sense to have leashed and unleashed areas as opposed to fenced dog parks where dogs are crowded into a place with no place to really escape. Having unfenced areas to hike with your dogs and keep going as you meet other hikers and dogs is a much less stressful environment than being around leashed dogs when you have a bouncy sibe who wants to meet every dog she sees. In all the wooded areas in the mountains, dogs can pretty much be off-leash provided they don't chase deer or young animals. ("Ha!" says Juno.)
Which leaves the sign above should mean "no dogs" at all.
It took us seven months to translate these illustrated dog signs. Can you just imagine how our French lessons are going?
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