Outdoor exercise is already required under the Animal Welfare and Dog Regulation Act, but the changes will stipulate frequency and duration, according to a press release from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Proposed changes would mandate that dogs are allowed out of kennels, for example into a garden or out for a walk with their owner.
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Julia Klöckner will present an amendment to existing regulations, and an announcement is expected in early 2021.
"Pets are not cuddly animals -- their needs must be taken into account. It is necessary to ensure that dogs are kept in a manner appropriate to their species," said Klöckner. "For example, that they get enough exercise and are not left alone too long."
Almost one in five German households owns a dog, according to the press release published Monday, and pet purchases have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.
Another proposed change is a ban on showing dogs that have been excessively bred to have certain characteristics, which can cause serious health problems.