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Old 29.10.2015, 07:27
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Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

Looks GREAT!

https://www.trustedhousesitters.com


Would they meet the Swiss regulations for pet care?

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Re: Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

There is no money changing hands, so you are not hiring anyone.


From the website....
"Why is house and pet sitting a win-win solution?

It’s simple! We’re all pet lovers who love to travel.
With no money changing hands, it’s a mutual agreement, enabling like minded people to choose each other.
As a pet owner you enjoy free pet care and as a pet lover you enjoy a free retreat... with the added bonus of some four-legged friends!"

There are 79 listings under Switzerland.
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Old 29.10.2015, 09:31
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Re: Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

For me, more pertinent questions would be:

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs in the care of someone you do not know, where there is no oversight? How would you check references, how would you assess the sitter's competency and responsibility?

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs with someone who might not live in Switzerland and thus likely does not know Swiss dog law?

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs with someone who might not speak the local language, and thus might have difficulty getting your dog appropriate care if an emergency were to occur in the middle of the night?

Do you understand your liability implications?

What if should something were to go wrong?

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I would also suggest contacting one's insurer so you understand if or how your liability coverage might be affected.

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For me the issue would be that a housesitter is here primarily for a holiday, thus might leave the dogs alone for long periods of time. For some dogs that might be OK, but certainly not for mine.

I need someone who is actively engaged with the dogs, who takes on full responsibility during the time I am away.

And for that I am more than willing to pay a small fortune.
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Re: Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

For me the main issue is that I am not comfortable leaving total strangers in my house. The fact that no one is being paid puts it outside the regulations. It is no different to the pet sitting thread we have on EF where pet owners swap pet sitting services.


Of the members on the link the OP posted, who are listed in Switzerland, many are resident here so they would have liability insurance, but I question whether this would have limitations for coverage.


We have only ever used qualified and insured professionals for the care of all of our pets. This is the only solution for me.


Pet ownership in Switzerland comes with a price.
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Old 29.10.2015, 11:41
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Re: Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

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Pet ownership in Switzerland comes with a price.
Indeed, but does that mean pet kennelling/sitting should cost the earth?

I actually know someone on that site, he retired after I left the same MNC in a previous life. He and his wife now travel the world doing house/pet sitting as a job (not a holiday), and he runs a blog on it... very interesting reading. They have to have their own insurances, police clearance certificates, etc and are well referenced. I would have no hesitation in using them because I know them (and providing you are booking +6 months ahead as they are that busy), a total stranger.... I'm not sure I would be that comfortable with.
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Re: Cool alternative...house-pet sitters!

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For me, more pertinent questions would be:

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs in the care of someone you do not know, where there is no oversight? How would you check references, how would you assess the sitter's competency and responsibility?

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs with someone who might not live in Switzerland and thus likely does not know Swiss dog law?

Are you comfortable leaving your dogs with someone who might not speak the local language, and thus might have difficulty getting your dog appropriate care if an emergency were to occur in the middle of the night?

Do you understand your liability implications?

What if should something were to go wrong?
To be fair, none of those issues are insuperable, although you rightly highlight the need to think ahead and try to cover every eventuality. And, of course, it also depends on the type of pet and the individual animal(s). I have different solutions for dog and cat, for instance.

Having had to rely on an almost unknown EFer to help me out recently when my support network suddenly went poof within the space of a few weeks through death and relocation - and having it work out immensely well, I'm delighted to say - any resource is useful, although to be used (or not) at one's discretion and judgement.
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