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Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

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We arrived in Zurich last week with our canine companion. After registering with the Kreisburo, we duly went to the Hundekontrolle (see link below) to register him there.

Unfortunately the nice policeman that helped us didn't really speak any English, and our German is practically non existent at this stage. In the end, we think he got the idea of what we wanted to do, photocopied all the papers we could throw at him, and let us go on our merry way.

We didn't get any certificate, nor did we pay anything to him, so we are a bit confused now. Did we actually get our dog registered? are we supposed to get a bill in the post with the appropriate registration papers? something tells me that attaching a copy of this certificate in our apartment applications may be a good idea

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link: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...e/Erlasse.html

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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

I don't live in ZH, so I'll let others who do comment on the procedure... but it sounds like you've done the right things so far. As long as the proper authorities have your contact details they will get hold of you if anything is missing.

As for payment.... the annual dog tax usually comes as bill with a payment slip. Look for one in the mail.

Now you have another step - you need to register your dog with ANIS, the national microchip database. Only a vet can do this, so you'll need to make an appointment soon-ish to do so.

And, although you might not be required to do so, I'd strongly suggest taking the SKN course - it's a good way to learn what Swiss society expects of dog owners.

All the best to you and your four-footed friend.
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When we lived in ZH we registered our dog at our Gemeinde, got a special tag and paid the 100 CHF fee on the spot.
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When we lived in ZH we registered our dog at our Gemeinde, got a special tag and paid the 100 CHF fee on the spot.
We asked in the Kreisburo when we registered, and they sent us to the Hundekontrolle... so I assume things may have changed?
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Now you have another step - you need to register your dog with ANIS, the national microchip database. Only a vet can do this, so you'll need to make an appointment soon-ish to do so.
Hi Meloncollie, thanks for your reply.

We know we need to send our mutt to a vet, and soon. We are in temporary accommodation and actively looking for an apartment, and thought that it may be better to find an apartment and then use a local vet instead.

Is there a time limit for registering in the ANIS database? is finding an apartment first a good idea? or should we register with a vet, then find an apartment and register again with a local vet?

In the meantime, I'll keep an eye on the mailbox like a hawk. With all this paperwork, about the first thing we'll be buying for the new apartment will be a filing cabinet!
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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

Canton Zurich did away with the dog registration tag some years ago.

To the OP, sounds like you've done all you need, just look out for the dog tax bill in the post in due course. I don't know where you're from but things generally just don't go as fast here as you may be used to at home
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Is there a time limit for registering in the ANIS database? is finding an apartment first a good idea? or should we register with a vet, then find an apartment and register again with a local vet?
The law says that one is supposed to complete the ANIS registration within 10 days of arrival/ acquisition of the dog. However, don't stress too much about it - if you are a little late, especially as we are coming up to the Easter holidays when most practices will be closed, no one will take you to task. But don't leave it too long - get it done in the next weeks.

I wouldn't leave it until you find a flat - that could take months. Rather, go to a vet local-ish to where you are now, and have him/hear complete the registration. You can always change vets later once you have your permanent address.

One reason you want to get on the ANIS database soon - what if the unthinkable happened, and your dog got lost? The chip is useless without your contact info on the database. Or, what if there is a medical emergency? It would help to at least know one area vet. (And in an after-hours emergency, make sure you know where the Tierspital is...) Murphy's law applies even in well-ordered Switzerland.

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Is there a time limit for registering in the ANIS database? is finding an apartment first a good idea? or should we register with a vet, then find an apartment and register again with a local vet?
Zurich ain't that big, get a recommendation from one in the are you are thinking of and get the dog checked. I thought it had to be within 10 days of your arrival, MC knows the regs' and says 10 days so I'd make you appointment ASAP, the vet will scan the chip and notify ANIS & the gemiende anyway, then about 6 months later (for us) the dog tax bill drops in the mail CHF 125 per dog where we live. You'll also have to inform the gemeinde when you find a permie place if it's in a different ares as well which is a pain... and of course another charge.
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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

Hi all

So we got our bill in the post, for a whopping CHF 180! I was expecting CHF 130, but I see that's just for the local Gemeinde, then there's 30 for the kanton and a cheeky 20 for "Schreibgebür", whatever that is

Now I have another question. We are very soon moving out of Zurich city but still in the kanton of Zurich. Are we going to have to pay another CHF 130? can we transfer this registration somehow?

I thought this registration was at the kanton level, but it seems I was wrong
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As for payment.... the annual dog tax usually comes as bill with a payment slip. Look for one in the mail.

Now you have another step - you need to register your dog with ANIS, the national microchip database. Only a vet can do this, so you'll need to make an appointment soon-ish to do so.


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When we lived in ZH we registered our dog at our Gemeinde, got a special tag and paid the 100 CHF fee on the spot.
We live in ZG and I asked our vet, when we were registering dogs in ANIS, if we should register them anywhere else ('cause I've read about the annual tax) and were replied "No".

Also my husband was twice in Gemeinde with questions about relocating dogs etc. no one told him we should pay.. But I'm now concerned if we are breaking some laws..
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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

Marianti, dog control (under which the local registration and tax falls) is the competency of the cantons/Gemeinde - so you will find variations in the procedure depending on where you live.

Chipping and the registration of the chip and owner details in the national database falls under federal law, so that will be the same for all of us.

Rather confusing overlap, to be sure.

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Where in ZG do you live? A random googling of ZG Gemeinden shows most have a dog tax, the amounts vary.

Did your husband specifically ask 'Is there a dog tax (Hundesteuer)?'

(I've learned that when dealing with bureaucrats one often has to ask an exact question, rather than a more general or open-ended one, in order to get a useful answer... )

Hope your pooch enjoys Switzerland!


ETA:

I see you are in Unteraegri. The dog tax is CHF 150 per year. Unless your dog is a police dog, a guide or service dog, or other official working dog. Reduced fees apply to farm dogs and owners on IV/AHV.

http://www.unteraegeri.ch/de/verwalt...ienst_id=16016

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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

meloncollie, thank you! You're right - I have to go to them once more and ask about the tax exactly, 'cause I'm not sure if my husband put the question this way. We live in Unteraegeri.

Well, yes, my girls enjoy Swiss a lot, the only problem is that I haven't yet found a park or something where I can let them walk freely and run through the fields/lawns. What we asked at the Gemeinde exactly was: can our dogs walk in fields. They said, sure, they can walk in any unfenced field. Very soon we experienced a very bad talk with one of farmers on this case, who said that's it's her land (although no fence, no signs etc.) and not Gemeinde's business

Also I train my younger for working tests and haven't find a field or special place for training. We now use roads, and our small yard Unfortunately from all territorial retriever clubs here, Zurich club (our town is on its territory) is the only which website doesn't work and they don't answer on e-mails. But this is off-topic, pardon me
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I see you are in Unteraegri. The dog tax is CHF 150 per year. Unless your dog is a police dog, a guide or service dog, or other official working dog. Reduced fees apply to farm dogs and owners on IV/AHV.

http://www.unteraegeri.ch/de/verwalt...ienst_id=16016
Thank you! We'll pay as soon as possible
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Thank you! We'll pay as soon as possible
Marianti, before you try to pay ask at the Gemeinde what the procedure is. For instance, our Gemeinde sends out a bill once a year, usually sometime in April. Your Gemeinde might do similar.

The thing to do would be to ensure that your dog is registered with the Gemeinde so that they know to bill you - this is usually done through Einwohnerkontrol.

Good luck!

(The whole Aegri area is lovely for dogs - I am particularly fond of the Raten Pass walks. Start at the Raten Pass Gasthaus, walk to St Jost, or in the opposite direction to Gotschalkenberg, the farmers along the trails are pretty dog-friendly. Or walk back down to the Aegrisee, or over the hill into SZ. .)



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Have you tried writing the retriever club for info on training clubs in your area?
http://www.retriever.ch/sport

Or, contact KV Zug - this is the KYnologische Verein Zug, which offers a variety of dog training classes - but not field trials, it seems. However, they might be able to point you in the right direction - or perhaps one of their courses might interest your dogs in the meantime.
http://www.kv-zug.ch

There is also HUndeschule Fee in Hämikon-Berg, which offers Nasenspiel/Mantrailing. Not the same as field trials, but retrievers often enjoy the nose work if you are looking for an alternative.
http://www.hundeschule-fee.ch/home/frameset.html

And, have you contacted the folks at Dogsport? They seem to do real fieldwork training...
http://www.dogsport.ch/index.php/training

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Marianti, before you try to pay ask at the Good luck!

(The whole Aegri area is lovely for dogs - I am particularly fond of the Raten Pass walks. )
Thanks a lot for a hint (Raten pass), we'll discover it for sure!
As for the tax, I'll visit Gemeinde and ask everything on the spot than!
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Or walk back down to the Aegrisee, or over the hill into SZ. .)
That's what I do every day - walk along the Aegerisee But in our Gemeinde they told us that unlike Zug canton nowhere in the whole Schwyz canton dogs are allowed to walk without leashes
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That's what I do every day - walk along the Aegerisee But in our Gemeinde they told us that unlike Zug canton nowhere in the whole Schwyz canton dogs are allowed to walk without leashes
Yep, SZ requires dogs on lead at all times in public places. In my area (Ausserschwyz), there is a CHF 100 fine if caught off-lead, and it is indeed enforced.

However, friends from other parts of SZ report a more lax attitude...
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Have you tried writing the retriever club for info on training clubs in your area?
http://www.retriever.ch/sport
I have contacted them, yes, they suggested to ask local club, which wbesite doesn't contain any actual information, and they don't answer on e-mails.

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Or, contact KV Zug - this is the KYnologische Verein Zug, which offers a variety of dog training classes - but not field trials, it seems. However, they might be able to point you in the right direction - or perhaps one of their courses might interest your dogs in the meantime.
http://www.kv-zug.ch
Yes, we are on the contact - perhaps, we'll attend agility course there in Autumn. But haven't ask them on working tests trainings, which is the most important thing to me and the one of no alternative. Actually, I visit some trainings in Aargau regional club, they quickly replied me by mail. But this is way far to drive 2-3 times per week.. So, I'm looking for some training facilities here, in ZH or ZG preferably.

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And, have you contacted the folks at Dogsport? They seem to do real fieldwork training...
http://www.dogsport.ch/index.php/training
oh, that's what I haven't seen yet! Will contact them!

Thanks a lot for your great help!
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Re: Registering dog in Zurich... what happens next? :confused:

Marianti, there are several lab/goldie owners on EF who are far more knowledgeable about the retriever scene than I - maybe it would be a good idea to start a new thread on the subject?

I fear that the right people might not see this discussion, but a thread title specifically asking about field trials/all things retriever might catch their eye...

Hope you find the kind of club you are looking for.
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