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Old 07.04.2011, 23:41
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Re: Borrow a dog for a walk :)

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I'm not sure if the insurance I have would cover this and my German is really bad. But I guess it could be practice.
I would like to do something like this. Maybe I can find something like this in the French parts of Switzerland.
I miss my rotties back home.

Hi there

I know that St Catherines in Lausanne is always looking for dog walkers - not sure if there's anywhere in Friborg but they might be able to tell you.

Refuge Sainte-Catherine
1000 Lausanne 25
Tél. 021 784 80 00

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Re: Borrow a dog for a walk :)

I am registered at the Bottigen Tierheim as a dog walker, nobody mentioned insurance, though I have the standard Swiss 3rd party insurance. You are not allowed to keep them overnight, and bonding is not encouraged unless you want to buy one. http://www.bernertierschutz.ch/index.php?id=9

You have to realise that most of the dogs cannot be trusted, you must keep them leashed, avoid cats and children, and understand the handover instructions. I have been doing this for about 4 years, and never had a major problem.

I once had a musculur Argentino dog with a muzzle, I gave him a tit-bit and he became very "mobile" and I could barely control him. The reason was the tit-bit was stuck at the side of his mouth, and he was trying to shake it out! http://www.google.ch/search?q=argent...w=1196&bih=675

Some of the dog's owners have died, some have divorced, some are in jail awaiting trial. There are almost no strays these days, as most are microchipped at birth, and their owners are easily found again.

For Fribourg: http://www.spafribourg.ch/cms/index....mid=55&lang=de German

http://www.spafribourg.ch/cms/index....mid=55&lang=fr French
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Re: Borrow a dog for a walk :)

So I went for my first walk last week and it was really fun! The walk is supposed to last around 45 mins to an hour, depending on your dog. The building is opposite the big woods behind FIFA, so a perfect walking ground. But it's also quite far out of town, so something to think about.

At the Zürcher Tierschutzt you have to sign a contract agreeing to keep the dog on his lead, keep it away from joggers and children, bring it back by a certain time and have 'private haftpflichtversicherung', which I believe is private third party liability insurance.

The nurses who hand the dog over to you will talk to you in German so, as previously mentioned, you need to be able to understand the instructions. Also the dogs respond to German commands, though they're not particularly hard to pick-up!

While I was there I noticed they're also looking for people to play with the cats! Stroke them and amuse them for a bit, and that kind of thing...so maybe that's another option for cat lovers.
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