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Dog walker / sitter needed in 8001 Zurich

I am looking for a recommendation for a reliable and trust worthy dog sitter / walker for my energetic 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier Hercules.

Specifically I'd like someone to pick him up, walk him for an hour and drop him off from Monday - Friday for 3 weeks from 19 September. If anyone can point me in the direction of someone / a company who can do this, that would be great.

I would also consider 1/2 doggy day care depending on the rates.

Any advice welcome!

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Re: Dog walker / sitter needed in 8001 Zurich

Petsitting24 is a pet sitter listing platform, perhaps you might find someone there:

https://petsitting24.ch

Be aware that you have to register to contact the sitter. You can read profiles without registering, though.

Also be aware not all thosee listing their services have done the requisite dog care courses, it's up to you to do your own due diligence.

Another listing service, albeit not strictly pet care, is Rent-a-Rentner. This is a platform where retired folks who wish to do a bit of work here and there offer a variety of services, some do pet care.

http://www.rentarentner.ch

Same caveat about the mandatory dog care course applies.

Hope you find a solution - it is very difficult to find responsible reliable dog care in Switzerland.
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Re: Dog walker / sitter needed in 8001 Zurich

Thanks for this. I have also come across petsitting24 but am worried about using someone from there. I just fear there is no real buy in from their part. I would much prefer a professional as Hercules needs someone who knows how to handle him.

I've actually contacted a few websites I found online - including some links I found recommended by users of this website - but so far no one has replied.
I'm starting to get a little desperate.

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Re: Dog walker / sitter needed in 8001 Zurich

Honestly, I have been less impressed with some of the professional services out there than I have with a few individuals who, while not professionals, have nonetheless done a great deal of 'amateur' education for their own interest and who have hands-on experience with challenging dogs.

Amateur does not mean necessarily unqualified or uneducated. Some 'amateur' dog owners/care providers I have met have a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that would put some of the folks with professional certification that I have met to shame.

There are both professional and amateur skilled, trustworthy, knowledgeable, reliable sitters. And there are both professional and amateur sitters I would not trust with my dogs.

Key is sorting through the haystack to find the needle. Be it amateur or professional.

Several of the professional services I have interviewed base their business model on caring for many dogs at once, which means that less attention can be given to an individual dog. This means expecting the dog to just slot in with an ever changing pack, expecting good social behavior from each dog without too much management on their part.

Not all are set up this way, certainly. But as one-one management is more cost intensive than what the general market will bear, some professional services rely on large numbers to make up for lower per dog costs. Many of these will not take a dog who has 'issues'.

Of course the amateur who takes in dogs without understanding the responsibility, without solid knowledge of how to handle a challenging dog, is the worst of both worlds.

If you need one-to-one care for a challenging or 'special needs' dog, you likely will have to search long and hard for the right person. Don't discount any avenue in your search, but do be prepared to interview many dozens of candidates, amateurs and professionals alike, to find the right person. And be prepared to invest time in trial walks and care situations so that you can assess if the person you choose is truly a good fit for your dog.

Again, wishing you all the best.


(To be clear: An 'amateur' dog care provider still must have done the SKN courses - the same courses that dog owners must do.)

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Re: Dog walker / sitter needed in 8001 Zurich

I am biased as I am registered on petsitting24 but I do agree with meloncollie (actually I agree with you a lot ). You can find true animal lovers and people with a lot of animal knowledge on the platform.

I started doing catsitting for moms that I met on my group of mothers and then someone told me to put up my profile on that website. The pet owners come, meet my family, see the apartment and decide in good conscience and peace of mind.

If I may say also pay attention to what questions the potential petsitter asks about your dog. That is sometimes more important than what he/she may reply to your own questions. Curiosity about your dog and what he likes/dislikes are crucial. Maybe that's something you could do for your Hercules but yes it does take time. Good luck in your search!
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