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Old 19.08.2019, 08:57
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Re: moving to switzerland with a dog

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Bit of an exaggeration that with the private life
Not to a Texan. Or many other Americans, or people from a whole number of different countries.

Seriously - this is something folks from radically different social structures need to understand about Switzerland. If you grow up here, or in similarly ordered countries, the rules, regulations, the expectations of the Geraniumpolizei are just... normal.

But if you grow up in a society with a very different, individual-über-Alles mindset the rules, regulations, the expectations of the Geraniumpolizei can come as quite a shock. The idea that you need to ask permission to plant a tree, that there are quiet regulations in your own home, that all dogs must be registered in a national database really is unimaginable.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of immigrating to another culture is that 'you don't know what you don't know.' Many mistakes are made because it never occurrs to us that X, or Y, or Z could be different in our new countries. And most local folks won't give you a head-up, because it never occurs to them that you, the immigrant, wouldn't know their 'normal' X, or Y, or Z.

Many Americans wouldn't even think to ask about how Nachbarrecht affects dog ownership because the concept would not even be on the radar. So best forewarned so that the OP can look into this aspect of life here, so that she can start preparing to live 'The Swiss Way'.

As the owner of four dogs, she needs to follow every regulation to the letter, to be extra-sensitive to local norms and attitudes. Those of us who visibly (and audibly) 'live differently' do not get the latitude that others might.

Of course local regulations, and local adherence to those regs, as well as the level of Geraniumpolizei-ness varies with the neighbours and character of the area. I've lived one extreme in a small Ausserschwyz village, those in free-wheeling Tessin another. As always in Switzerland YMMV. But best to go in eyes wide open.


ETA, for emphasis on the changes that have taken place since the old 2012 post quoted in post 39, as it might confuse a new reader:

The federal Switzerland wide SKN training classes were abolished in 2017, there is no longer a training requirement at the federal level. The many discussions of the SKN you will find scattered among Pet Corner threads are no longer applicable.

Dog control is now a matter for the individual cantons. Some have their own mandatory training requirements, other do not. There is significant variation among the cantonal dog laws, one needs to look up the law for the canton one is considering.

Also the BVet referenced in the quoted post has been reorganised and re-named the Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen, the BLV. Old Bvet links are likely no longer good. The BLV website is here:

If you have trouble finding the counterpart to an old BVet link on the reorganised BLV website, please ask. The site is chock full of useful (and necessary!) information, but it can be a tad difficult to navigate.

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