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From Slovakia to Switzerland

Hello everyone.


No, I am not one of those refugees.


I have been in Switzerland for 6 months now and working as Logistics Manager for a multinational company.


I have a beautiful wife and a pet bitch. Very surprised to find out that I will need to register and a license to keep a pet dog. Perhaps their are also many more unusual things in Switzerland.


They are still in Slovakia, as my wife has a job there but we are trying for her to move to this beautiful country also.


You can also read about me on my profile page.
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Re: From Slovakia to Switzerland

welcome.
It's normal for the dog, if you lose it the police can read the microchip and find the owner through the ANIS database. Moreover, some communes will impose a small causal tax on dog owners to participate to dog-related expenses (parks, plastic bags to pick up the dog shit, etc.).

The license is something annoying but since you are importing an adult dog i don't know if you still have to follow some courses, your vet will tell you everything about this when you go to register her.

In the meanwhile i suggest looking on the cantonal website, there should be written everything. Also read about the import of the dog, i would do everything by the book especially if you don't have a trusted vet yet.
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Very funny, first I thought you write communists will impose a casual tax on my dog but then I read again!


Thank you for guiding me. Yes I will do everything by the book as I don't want any problems for me or my family in this new country.
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Re: From Slovakia to Switzerland

Welcome to CH and to EF!

Firstly, let me compliment you on your English, made all the more impressive for having been learned at McDonald's. But allow me to point out that although it's nice to know that your dog is female, in English one would normally try to avoid referring to one's beautiful wife and female dog in the same sentence. I mention this only out of concern for the stability of your marriage.

Have fun on EF and good luck with the paperwork for the bitch!
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Re: From Slovakia to Switzerland

Thought he was vaguely referring to the old saying about the ideal wife - a lady when in the parlor, a chef when in the kitchen and a b ahem, tch when in the bedroom....

OP, just kidding.
Welcome to EF and to Switzerland!
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I did not learn English in Mcdonalds but in a proper English language school with a native speaker.


My wife is very understanding and it is actually her pet and we are like a family. They are both beautiful. Its a Great Dane.

I already had lot of headache with matriculation of my car and now I will have to do the same for my pet. Why do Swiss people love so much paperwork? Life should be simple, no?
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They are both beautiful. Its a Great Dane.
A tall woman from Denmark or the breed of dog?
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She is Slovakian. The bitch is a Great Dane.
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I already had lot of headache with matriculation of my car and now I will have to do the same for my pet. Why do Swiss people love so much paperwork? Life should be simple, no?
in any country you go it's just as annoying, once you're settled switzerland is actually much much better compared to say italy where you are ping-ponged from one office to the other with laws changing all the time and all done on paper with stamps even.
as for dogs i agree it's become too much of an hassle, especially with these courses which make you think they have been introduced just to feed the industry. for vehicles, well, it's about safety and pollution, and there you can see the difference from other countries.
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I did not learn English in Mcdonalds but in a proper English language school with a native speaker.
Ah, I had you confused with someone else on the forum today. Apologies.

In that case, I'm not quite so impressed.

No, upon checking, it was you: Working in Mcdonalds, but your post was worded ambiguously.

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She is Slovakian. The bitch is a Great Dane.
Still no nearer…!
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I did not learn English in Mcdonalds but in a proper English language school with a native speaker.


My wife is very understanding and it is actually her pet and we are like a family. They are both beautiful. Its a Great Dane.

I already had lot of headache with matriculation of my car and now I will have to do the same for my pet. Why do Swiss people love so much paperwork? Life should be simple, no?
It's not just a case of registering your dog, you and your wife too if she's going to be walking the dog will need to do the mandatory SKN course. This is in two parts: theory and practical. The theory course can be done online. The only two approved trainers' links are here:

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/tiers...x.html?lang=fr

The second offers the course in English if you would prefer that over German. Once you've done that you have a year from bringing your dog here to do the practical part of the course.

As you have a Great Dane and I believe you said you were going to be in Zurich, you'll need to do additional courses because of your dog's height/weight - in which case the SKN may be included as part of that course.

Switzerland is very strict on dog ownership. Should you get another dog in the future you would need to do the practical part of the SKN course again.

It's not necessarily a bad thing. It gets you used to what your responsibilities as a dog owner are here and you also get to meet people.

This may also provide guidance:

http://www.veterinaireonline.com/expat/dogs.html

I believe Meloncollie has already told you that dog regulations go down to commune/gemeinde level so you need to know not only the Federal regulations, but also your cantonal and gemeinde ones too. Check with your cantonal veterinary office and your gemeinde admin office so you know what's allowed and what isn't.

And please, PLEASE check with your landlord/rental agency whether you dog will be welcome. Don't assume that it's okay, make sure. As your dog is a large breed you may find that's a problem, often smaller dogs are okay where the large breeds are not. If necessary have a contract drawn up to make sure your dog is welcome to live with you and also expect to be asked to add doggie damage to your personal liability insurance.
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Re: From Slovakia to Switzerland

Thank you all for the valuable information. Atleast I got to understand the complexity of importing and keeping a pet in this country.


My company has offered to help me out and a girl from HR, who is also a dog owner, will take care of this and guide me through. She is very nice and helpful.
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That's great if you've got someone to guide you through the system.

One thing you could check on - if you have owned a dog for many years then you can ask the cantonal veterinary office if you can be exempted from having to do the theory part of the SKN course. That would save a little time and money, but if they say no then you'd have to do both parts. The Swiss realise that there are many owners out there who are responsible so they do allow a little leeway on this bit at least. But the practical side and any other courses will have to be done.
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That's great if you've got someone to guide you through the system.

One thing you could check on - if you have owned a dog for many years then you can ask the cantonal veterinary office if you can be exempted from having to do the theory part of the SKN course. That would save a little time and money, but if they say no then you'd have to do both parts. The Swiss realise that there are many owners out there who are responsible so they do allow a little leeway on this bit at least. But the practical side and any other courses will have to be done.


It is my wife's pet and I think we should book some courses when she will move here. Its good to know these things already and I have send the links to my wife so she can also red through them.
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If you/she would prefer to do both parts of the course with an approved trainer personally then you'll find the list of them here:

http://blv.bytix.com/plus/trainer/TrainerList.aspx

Again doing the theory part this way is another opportunity to meet up with others and let your dog make some new friends. There will be some trainers who can teach the course in English, you just need to search around and find them if German isn't possible for you. And you'll need the list to sort out the practical part anyway.
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