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Buying a puppy from Italy and bringing her to suisse

Next weekend we are buying a puppy (under 3 months) from Italy and bringing her here. We know about the paperwork we need and think we are settled there, but I have 2 questions:

1 - We will be crossing the border late at night, around 10 or 11. If no one is at customs or they are closed, what should we do to declare the dog? I've heard if no one is there, there is a form you can fill out to declare that is left on the counter, but would that hold true for animals? What if it is closed?

2 - We have owned dogs in the past but not here and do not have proof of ownership. So I tried to sign up for a Theory class before she comes, but the owner of the school told me I have 1 year to take the class after getting the dog? Is this true? I've heard conflicting things - that you have to take the class BEFORE you get the dog. The owner was from a reputable training school called Top Dogs in Puidoux.

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Old 26.03.2012, 15:20
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Re: Buying a puppy from Italy and bringing her to suisse

This thread ( and the links within ) might be useful, just in case:

Advice needed please - buying & bringing a pup from Italy
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2 - We have owned dogs in the past but not here and do not have proof of ownership. So I tried to sign up for a Theory class before she comes, but the owner of the school told me I have 1 year to take the class after getting the dog? Is this true? I've heard conflicting things - that you have to take the class BEFORE you get the dog. The owner was from a reputable training school called Top Dogs in Puidoux.
There are two classes - the SKN theory, and the SKN practical.

The theory class is the one that first time owner must take prior to acquiring the dog. If this is your first dog in Switzerland, it would be a good idea to take the class even if not required, as the rules here are perhaps different to what you might have experienced in your home country.

If you have questions on whether your prior ownership in your home country counts, speak with the cantonal Veterinäramt.

The practical SKN is required of all owners, regardless of experience, to be taken with each and every dog acquired after 1 Sept 2008. This is the class that you must take within 12 months after the acquisition of your dog.

Good luck with your new pup!.

ETA:

If you have further questions, go directly to the source, the BVet:

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/tsp/02222/index.html?lang=de

Click on the
'Häufige Fragen' for an FAQ which explains most things - any further questions drop them an e-mail. They are happy to respond in English, and are generally very helpful.
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2 - We have owned dogs in the past but not here and do not have proof of ownership.
This could totally ruin your plan to pick up your puppy this coming weekend. Suggest you speak to the cantonal Vetinäramt pronto re the theory course and your past ownership (if it was abroad you might have some wiggle room) and be prepared to postpone collecting your pup
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Re: Buying a puppy from Italy and bringing her to suisse

We first adopted a dog here and then did the classes. In my Gemeinde, they have yet to ask for any proof. So if that is what is holding you back don't let it.
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I really really hope you are buying from a reputable breeder, and that you will insist on seeing the puppy with both parents. Sadly there are many puppy farms over the border.
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very good breeder. Check it out - scedir.it. We will get to see her parents and grandparents. They also travel constantly for many international shows. Feel good about them.
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You would feel twice as good if you rescued a dog from a shelter like we did !
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You would feel twice as good if you rescued a dog from a shelter like we did !
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Yes, well we would like a miniature schnauzer as both my husband and I had them growing up. The problem is that they are not popular here. We looked for breeders in suisse and the rescues, blogged on the forum.... for over a year. And couldn't find a one here. Most of the breeders are in France, Germany or Italy. So.... we broke down for Italy and a good breeder.
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