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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Watch Where Your Pooch Will Piddle

Next time you see a dog walking — check how far he is from the nearest building.

The city government has introduced regulations that define in minute detail the vygulniye ploshchadi, or special squares for dog walking.

Moscow has seen an explosion in the number of dog owners over the last 10 years but without the subsequent rise in open spaces where dogs can be exercised.

The new regulations define the size and construction of these squares and also of the separate places where dogs are trained, local media reported Friday.

The regulations say the squares cannot be within 40 meters of a "window of a house" or 50 meters of a school or kindergarten, according to the reports. They are limited in size to 400 to 600 square meters.

Outdoor training areas, which usually have equipment for teaching dogs various commands, can be up to 2,000 square meters and must have a fence at least 1.5 meters high.

Inside the fence, they should have grass — from 3 to 5 centimeters high — or gravel or sand, which will "help clear up the dog excrement," Moskovsky Komsomolets said.

Other requirements include asphalt paths and benches with awnings to protect dog owners in the rain, MK said, adding that this new equipment has to be in a "pleasant range of colors."

Few in the dog world knew of the regulations Friday. And those who did weren't too pleased, especially by the size of the dog-walking squares.

"That's just about enough for a poodle," said Lyudmila Nikitina, secretary of the Russian Kennel Federation. She said the cramped quarters would lead to fights among dogs and breed infection.

Others welcomed any walking areas in Moscow, no matter how small.

"The dogs have nowhere to walk," said Yelena Pavlova, who owns a pet hotel on the outskirts of Moscow.