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Laws for keeping pets

I want to have a dog. Do I need to register or hand in any forms?
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Re: Laws for keeping pets

Swiss Authorities Online portal (ch.ch) has a page called "Dog Tax":

https://www.ch.ch/en/dog-tax/

You may wish to search ch.ch for other questions as well as EnglishForum.ch
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I want to have a dog. Do I need to register or hand in any forms?
Please look at all the threads on dog ownership : there are required courses, required training and it can get pricey. Great place to own a dog, but you need to read up on all the current requirements. It is a huge responsibility and totally worthwhile, when you do it right. Meloncollie writes very good posts on all things doggy , our resident EF doggie expert extraordinaire.
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Re: Laws for keeping pets

Cassiesu,

There are countless threads discussing what is required to do before getting a dog, what one must do after one acquires a dog, and the various dog control laws one must understand and follow.

Have you done any searching of the forum?

Before I go any further, you need to answer the following questions:

1. Have you ever owned a dog before in Switzerland, that is, had a dog registered in your name in the ANIS database?

2. Have you evern owned a dog as an adult, in your own name, outside of Switzerland?

3. What breed or size of dog do you anticipating getting?

4. Do you plan to get your dog in Switzerland, or from another country?

5. Do you speak/read German?

The answer to these questions is needed for us to tell you what you have to do in your specific case.
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Re: Laws for keeping pets

If you're planning on being an exchange student there's no point in getting a pet, certainly not a dog.

http://www.englishforum.ch/education...ml#post2438272

If, however, you stay in Switzerland you'll need to do the mandatory SKN theory and practical course for dog owners. Before any reputable breeder or shelter here will let you have one of their charges you'll have to complete the theory part of the course.

There are only 2 approved online courses as given here on the Federal Veterinary Office's website:

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

The second one offers it in English.

You can find a trainer near to you with whom you have to do the practical part of the course within a year of getting your dog.

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

Depending on the type of dog and it's height/weight you may also need to do additional courses as you live in Zurich canton.

And make sure you're allowed to have a dog in your apartment/house. Not every landlord/agency allows them.
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If you're planning on being an exchange student there's no point in getting a pet, certainly not a dog.
Good catch, Medea.

Few students are in a position to take on a dog during their studies. A dog is a 24/7/365 commitment - for the next 15+ years, no matter what happens in your life, no matter what your financial situation is, no matter what your future family situation entails, no matter where you end up, you must be able to provide for your dog, your dog's welfare must be a priority.

If you are a foreign student only here for the duration of your studies you should not get a dog at this time. Please wait until you are have finished your studies and are in a stable living situation - career, housing, family etc. - before you take on this demanding and expensive responsibility.

If you are missing canine companionship, please consider instead volunteering with an animal shelter, perhaps offering to walk shelter dogs.
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