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Doggy sitting service - advice needed

Hi Guys',
We went to see a beatiful Cocker Spaniel yesterday evening and spoke with the breeder regarding the possibility of raising the Dog within the confines of our apartment. We both agreed that it would be unfair to keep the Dog in the apartment all day whilst we were at work. A half hour walk at lunch time would not be enough.

So the breeder suggested that we hire a Dog sitter to allow the Dog to play with other Dogs througout the day. Does anyone have any information regarding these Dog sitters? We live on the West side of lake Zurich, near Küsnacht, are there any Dog sitters in this area? And of course, what kind of fee does a Dog sitter usually charge? I've tried Googling for this information but there is just too much potentially Dodgy information comnig up, thought I'd ask the experts on English forum!
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Re: Doggy sitting service - advice needed

http://hundewelt-zuerichsee.ch/Preise%20Hundebetreuung.htm

These guys look like they have a really great facility. They are on your and they also collect and deliver.
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Hi Guys',
We went to see a beatiful Cocker Spaniel yesterday evening and spoke with the breeder regarding the possibility of raising the Dog within the confines of our apartment. We both agreed that it would be unfair to keep the Dog in the apartment all day whilst we were at work. A half hour walk at lunch time would not be enough.

So the breeder suggested that we hire a Dog sitter to allow the Dog to play with other Dogs througout the day. Does anyone have any information regarding these Dog sitters? We live on the West side of lake Zurich, near Küsnacht, are there any Dog sitters in this area? And of course, what kind of fee does a Dog sitter usually charge? I've tried Googling for this information but there is just too much potentially Dodgy information comnig up, thought I'd ask the experts on English forum!
Many thanks for your helpful replies.
hi climber, that link provided is one of the only dog facility around the goldkuste area. Do bear in mind that to do this at 35CHF - 50 CHF per day, 5 days a week, 20 days a month is going to sky rocket your cost of owning a dog.

The breeder is right - 30 minutes a day for a puppy is really not sufficient. Someone needs to housetrain and stimulate the little one. Crating them in there for the whole day is just cruel.

Another suggestion is to hire a dog walker to come in for at least 2 hours to keep the puppy company as well as to train it. Having said that, experienced dog walkers/handers, rather than any Tom, Dick or Jane out to earn a quick buck wont come cheap either.

Why not consider an older rescue dog?
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Re: Doggy sitting service - advice needed

Hi climber

I second summerrain with regard to getting an older rescue dog. I have done it and it has been the most rewarding experience. I did however use a mix of a walker and a dog facility. That way allowing for him to become socialised with other dogs and having a good area to run in, while also getting long 1 on 1 walks. He has come on in leaps and bounds. Ensure you get to know as much of the history so you are aware of their tendencies. Mine was heavily abused and from the streets. Others come from families whose situations have changed and they need a new home, with no rehabilitation required. Even with rehabilitation it was still easier than my puppy who came after him.
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Climber, fees vary depending on the services needed - but expect around CHF 25-50 per hour for a dog walker who comes round once a day. You may need to pay mileage on top of that.

Daycare, where you bring the dog to a carer's home or professional care facility, can run from CHF 40-100+ per day. You would need to vet any facility carefully.

In-home care, where the sitter stays in the client's home, generally starts at CHF 200 per day.

Do be aware that professional (which in most cases means paid, depending on how the business is set up) dog walkers and dog sitters are required to hold certain qualifications, and be registered with the cantonal veterinary office.

You are absolutely correct that there are dodgy sites out there. There are people offering dog sitting services who do not have the necessary qualifications/registration/insurance, who are working 'schwarz'. A sitter/walker working illegally puts the client at risk.

An alternative would be to find a friend with whom you can exchange dog care (as opposed to paying) - but if this is a regular thing that goes on for more than 3 months that friend might need to do the SKN with your dog as well.

(Speaking of which, don't forget that you must do the SKN theory course before you get a dog, and then complete the practical course within the first 12 months.)
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Is the dog you are looking at a puppy, or an adult?

If a puppy, you will need to have someone with him/her all day, a dog walker who pops in for an hour is not enough. A pup cannot be left for long, this is a crucial socialization and training period. It would be grossly unfair to the pup - and you'd be setting yourself up for problems down the road. It is generally recommended that people who work full time should not get a puppy.

An adult dog is a better choice for someone who is gone from the house full time - but you still need to choose the dog carefully. Some adult dogs could not handle being left while you work, even with a dog walker - some would be fine. You'd need to understand the individual's character.

All dogs need companionship, training, and socialization - which requires quite a time-intensive commitment from you. When one works full time one often must devote pretty much all of one's free time to the dog, in order to meet the dog's needs. But that's why we have dogs, isn't it? Because we love being with them.

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