[Tagging] dog toilets

joost schouppe joost.schouppe at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 08:02:32 UTC 2016

Upon further thought on this subject which doubtlessly keeps all of you out
of your sleep, here's a short analysis with my conclusion:

plus: it is very clear what it means, even for non-native speakers
min: * we would need cat_toilet, hamster_toilet etc over time.
* technically, a toilet is something to sit down on, made out of porcelain
with a flushing system etc. So technically, a dog "toilet" isn't a toilet.

plus: easily expandable to show which animals are welcomed
min: it's eufemistic babytalk, not as descriptive, especially for
non-native speakers

plus: easily expandable
min: "relief" is very eufemistic, and doesn't even show up in many
dictionaries as associated with defecation. Non-natives might easily think
this is something completely different

So I would like to propose a completely new value: amenity=pet_toilet.
It is as descriptive as the best here, but easily expandable. It is a place
where pets go to the toilet. Obviously they don't have a sit-down toilet.
But "going to the toilet" is a very common euphemism - to the degree that
there are eufemisms to not having to utter the word toilet (going to the

Implied would be dog=designated, as most of these things are built for dogs
only. Of course better to add the tag.
Other pets could be added with cat=yes, etc. Maybe even toddler=permissive
for that Japanese example :)

[1]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/37176813

2016-11-10 9:37 GMT+01:00 joost schouppe <joost.schouppe at gmail.com>:

> Thanks for the link John!
> Pet relief areas as described in the OPs mail are exactly "dog toilet".
> The the discussion went everywhere :)
> Maybe amenity=pet_relief_area is the better tag: it's just as descriptive
> as amenity=dog_toilet, but can be expanded to indicate which animals can
> use it. I think we can safely say that amenity=potty_area is the least
> preferable.
> The only edge case I saw in the previous thread is where there isn't
> really any infrastructure, it's more like a suggested area to let your
> animals do their thing. But I suppose an extra tag would do there?
> 2016-11-10 1:19 GMT+01:00 John Willis <johnw at mac.com>:
>> On 9 Nov 2016, at 11:24 PM, joost schouppe <joost.schouppe at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Many cities have special little areas which are specifically meant to be
>> used as a toilet area for dogs.
>> Sounds like "pet relief areas" you find on motorways. Getting the dog out
>> of the car is usually to let them "get relief" by taking a poo. Sounds like
>> a similar place. Our nearby rest area has statues of dogs and cats peeing
>> in a small grassy area.
>> https://goo.gl/maps/gdArtdfbxcB2
>> This tag was discussed on the mailing list last year , but I cannot
>> remember what came of it.
>> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2015-May/024673.html
>> Javbw
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