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Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

I e-mailed the BLV the other day to ask if any other trainer was approved besides Wolf Zemp. I've heard back and there is one other trainer approved to offer online SKN theory courses.

Here are the details for the two approved online SKN courses.

http://www.skn-kurse.ch/wolfzemp.htm

I've provided this as the link from link on the BLV site doesn't seem to work.

http://sachkundenachweis-hundehalter...ex.php/ohs_de/

This is the English link:

http://sachkundenachweis-hundehalter...m_store=ohs_fr

also available in French and Italian.

The BLV link they provided me with is here:

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/tiers...x.html?lang=de

So the online hound school does now have approval from the BLV and they do offer the course in English.

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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

I just wanted to say to anyone who has been told they have to do the SKN Theory test with ta dog they brought over to CH with them, DON'T worry it is not as arduous a task as it sounds! ! I have just completed the English online course! It is great, very simple to do and the people who administer it are very helpful and answer any concerns via email really quickly. You have to spend 4 hours on the course, read all the sections and complete a short multiple choice test after each section. You can redo the tests as many times as you want. there are also online discussion groups, I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

Does anyone know if there is anyone giving the practical course in English or German German rather than Swiss German in Zürich area?
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There's a list of approved trainers here:

http://blv.bytix.com/plus/trainer/TrainerList.aspx

I'm sure some will be willing to teach in English or German.
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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

Another online course has been approved.

https://www.sknonline.ch/

Only seems to be in German though.
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I just wanted to say to anyone who has been told they have to do the SKN Theory test with ta dog they brought over to CH with them, DON'T worry it is not as arduous a task as it sounds!.....
Hello Webma ! I'm thinking of enrolling myself to that course online. Which website did you use ? I speak french and english and live in Zurich. Can't really do the german class
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Hi Joezoemetanoia, I did this course which you can do in English and French as well as German.

sachkundenachweis-hundehalter.ch

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Thanks! Does anybody has a coupon or promo code for that website:SKN Sachkundenachweis sachkundenachweis-hundehalter.ch‎?
This is pretty much the dog I'm planning to get ! A beautiful beagle. But I still have 3 month in front of me before the breeder will sell me one!
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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

Am I right when I say that Dog-walkers need to do this course too?
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Am I right when I say that Dog-walkers need to do this course too?
Yes indeed they do.

Anyone paid to care for a dog must have the same education that a dog owner is required to have - which only makes sense, IMO.

(A bit of background: In the Oberglatt case, the tragedy that sparked most of the dog control legislation of the last 10 years, the dogs were in the care of a third party at the time of the attack. Hence the realization that dog carers, who bear the same responsibility as an owner for the time the dog is with them, should have the same education.)

If one is caring for 5 or fewer dogs, one needs the SKN courses, Theory and Practical.

To care for 6-19 dogs, one needs the FBA. Caring for 20+ dogs requires the eid. Tierpfleger diploma. These last two are professional degrees, requiring more in-depth study.

Also, anyone caring for 6+ dogs must be registered with the cantonal Veterinäramt.

More here:
Requirements For Dog Care Providers

(Note: I see that some of the links in this thread need updating following the BLV website redesign. Will get on to that soon.)


My view - if a sitter cannot be trusted to follow the law, how on earth can I trust him or her to follow my instructions to care for my dog?

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The SKN courses are simple, can be taken in 2 sessions or online for the Theory, 4-5 sessions for the Practical, and are inexpensive. If a sitter does not have a dog of his or her own, the Practical can be done with a friend's dog or with a client's dog, a win for you both. There is so much need for qualified, experienced, and above all responsible dog care; with the right skills and set up a dog carer can do very well. So anyone thinking of offering dog care: please - take the course! And anyone hiring a dog sitter or walker - check that the person has the credentials needed.

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Thanks! Does anybody has a coupon or promo code for that website:SKN Sachkundenachweis sachkundenachweis-hundehalter.ch‎?
This is pretty much the dog I'm planning to get ! A beautiful beagle. But I still have 3 month in front of me before the breeder will sell me one!
Don't think they do that sort of thing for these courses. Don't recall ever seeing one. Don't delay too long, if the breeder is reputable they won't sell to you until you can produce the certificate for doing the theory part of the course.

Also have you checked with your landlord/agency that you're allowed to have a pet at your property?
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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

I was just asking, because I saw on the payment page that there is a coupon section. The Breeder is located in France, they don't really need the certificate, but as I am living in Zurich I understood the need to do such courses and then the practical classes with the dog. I've checked with my landlord/agency and got a "Yes" after 6 months and 2 requests and a 3 pages dissertation on "Why I want a dog", they granted me the right to get one in my flat. I tried to find the specific rules of the Zurich canton regarding dogs, but couldn't find a full translation of it on the net. I found the other one from Fribourg, Geneva, Bern but not the Zurich one. Anyone can tell me the specific rule of ZH regarding our dogs ? Thanks !
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The Breeder is located in France, they don't really need the certificate, but as I am living in Zurich I understood the need to do such courses and then the practical classes with the dog.
A foreign breeder of course will not know, nor perhaps care, about Swiss rules. (Although a good breeder should care and check as part of assessment of a potential purchaser). However, the onus falls to you to ensure that you take the steps necessary to comply with Swiss law... and your Gemeinde may follow up. Some do, some don't.

Mine does - I am reminded every time I register a newbie with the Gemeinde, and I am asked to bring a copy of my ANIS registration and my liability insurance policy.

Another case, an EFer posted a few months ago about being chased down by her new Gemeinde for her SKN certificates, where the folks at her last Gemeinde didn't do so.

Bottom line - start out right, do the Theory course well before you get your dog.*

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I tried to find the specific rules of the Zurich canton regarding dogs, but couldn't find a full translation of it on the net. I found the other one from Fribourg, Geneva, Bern but not the Zurich one. Anyone can tell me the specific rule of ZH regarding our dogs ? Thanks !
Not to be snarky, really - but this is exactly why you need the SKN Theory course. The cantonal regs should be discussed. I don't know how the online course handles canton-specific law, as I did the course in person. Can anyone who has done the online course comment on how it handles information specific to local and cantonal regs?

But to get you started:

Be aware that there are three levels of law and regulations that you must learn and follow: federal, cantonal, and community.

A good website to learn about federal law is Mein Heimtier, the 'user friendly' portal from the BLV:
http://www.meinheimtier.ch/de/hunde

At the federal level make sure you understand import regulations, and get all the documentation from the French breeder to import your pup and get it registered with ANIS. (My French dog was already chipped to the French database, and so I needed additional documentation to switch the registration to ANIS. Many breeders chip and register the puppies in their name, you will need to determine if this is an issue or not.)

A summary of import regs, in English, is here:
http://blv.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en

Additionally you will need to comply with ANIS registration within 10 days, this needs a vet to do the registration.

And here is a summary of Zürich dog control law, from the Tier Im Recht website:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...ht/zuerich.php

Be aware that the SKN classes are a federal requirement. Canton ZH, however, goes beyond the federal and requires a series of additional classes: Puppy, Young dog, and Adult, each class appropriate to the dog's age, for all dogs whose adult height and weight is expected to be greater than 45cm/15kg.

Now most beagles are not over 45cm, the breed itself is classed as 'Kleinwüchsig', meaning that only the federal SKN is generally needed.

HOWEVER - also be aware that the rule can be interpreted to the individual dog. A case in point is my Hooligan, a sheltie. The sheltie breed, too, is classed as kleinwüchsig. Most continental shelties are little balls of fluff. Not my Hooligan, though - she grew far taller than the breed standard, she is almost collie sized. So were I to move into canton Zürich, I would have to take the ZH courses with her, despite her breed falling on the small list.

I bring this up because I know two beagles who are taller than 45cm. Just something you should keep in mind. As a puppy, though, your dog should be classed as 'Kleinwüchsig', and you should only need the SKN Theory and Practical courses. (You have 12 months to do the Practical, by the way.)

More in depth information from the ZH cantonal Veterinäramt:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun.../de/hunde.html

I realize that you do not speak German, but here I must in the strongest of terms encourage you to quickly learn at least 'Hundisch', i.e, enough German to navigate the canine world, especially the jungle of rules and regulations. For your puppy's sake it is important that you pick up as much German as possible.

The easiest way to do this, IMO and IME, is by joining a Hundeschule. I learned a lot of my German via the dog school - a far more fun and practical place to pick up 'real life' German, as your average Sprachschule won't teach you the vocabularly you need to deal with 'dog stuff'.

I firmly believe that every dog owner, and especially a new owner, should go far beyond the SKN courses. There is so much more to learn, for both you and your dog. Not to mention a great way to make friends, both human and canine.


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*FYI, a very interesting case, from the Tierschutzstraffälle database, from the Tier Im Recht website:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/faelle...l.php?id=13073

In this case an owner did not do the SKN theory course BEFORE taking on the dog. The course was done after taking ownership.

This is a special case, however. The prosecutor stopped the case so that there were no penalties, in light of the fact that the dog was taken in due to an emergency situation. And as above, the owner did take the course later.

Nonetheless, it is interesting, as this is the first time I have seen a case where the issue of the SKN Theory course being taken after, rather than before, acquiring the dog has been brought up.

I would urge all EF dog owners to read the Tier Im Recht website. The Tierschutzstraffälle database makes for interesting reading. One can see how often fines for non compliance with the SKN courses occur, as well as how other offenses are prosecuted.

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This is pretty much the dog I'm planning to get ! A beautiful beagle. But I still have 3 month in front of me before the breeder will sell me one!


According to the Beagle Club of Switzerland's website, there are some young dogs (not puppies) which can be adopted here in Switzerland? Have you considered this option?


http://www.beagleclub.ch/not/index.htm
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Thank you both ! @Melancolie, your comprehensive reply was very interesting. I read some website already about some of the requirement when importing a dog here in Switzerland, ZH. This morning i enroll into the SKN class and will do my first hour tonight ! I know that it is not very good that I don't speak german yet, but work has been taking a lot of my time and my free time is spent between outdoor activities and music. My wife is actually B1 in german and is still studying the language. I was thinking maybe to let her to the class and the practice. to be discuss.
@ Mrs. Doolittle, i totally agree with your suggestion, as i have met a lot of people and a couple of friends who adopted a Boxer 6 years ago and I support the gesture. I believe that abandonned dogs still have so much to give to us as companion. But I grew up with friends dogs, that were young dog, and adult dog, but never had the chance to take care of a Puppy myself ! I kind feel like: I want this challenge in my life. I want to be responsible, to educate, to train and to share a whole life with this puppy.

I will discuss with my wife to see what she thinks about it, but thank you for your answer.

Question: Does anyone know how much is the tax in zurich for a dog ? I thought I read 180 CHF/year, am I correct ? or does it still depend of the size and weight ? (I hate to talk like this it sounds like we are talking about merchandises...)
Is the insurance mandatory for dogs in ZH ?

Thank you again for all the help !
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My wife is actually B1 in german and is still studying the language. I was thinking maybe to let her to the class and the practice. to be discuss.


Question: Does anyone know how much is the tax in zurich for a dog ? I thought I read 180 CHF/year, am I correct ?


Is the insurance mandatory for dogs in ZH?!
According to the law, the legal owner of the dog must do the SKN Theory and Practical courses. The Legal owner is the person (or persons) in whose name(s)'the dog is registered in the ANIS database.

So you and your wife need to decide how you will register your puppy. If in your name, you must do the course, if in hers, she must. If in both names, then you both must do it.

Now even if the pup is registered in only one of your names you both can certainly do the course together, and your wife can translate for you if needed. (Whether a trainer would charge only for one person in that case is up to the trainer. Each trainer works a bit differently so clarify that upfront.)

Do be aware that there are legal ramifications to consider when deciding in whose name the dog will be registered. Cases of divorce (who gets the dog), cases of liability (who gets fined or goes to jail), etc. are just a few situations where the question of legal ownership plays a part. So think this through.

FYI, for all dog owners: Tier Im Recht has published a very good book, 'Tier Im Recht Transparent', which covers many of the legal issues surrounding dog ownership wrt not only the TSchV and TSchG, but also wrt how many Swiss laws interact and impact a dog owner. Highly recommended reading.

The annual dog tax is set at the Gemeinde in ZH, so contact either Aminalkontrolle or Einwohnerkontrolle to ask what the amount currently is. IIRC, posters in ZH have reported amounts around what you have heard, but do check specifically in your Gemeinde.

Yes, liability insurance cover of at least CHF 1 million is mandatory in canton ZH. This is usually bundled into your Privathaftpflicht insurance, but you need to check your individual policy to make sure. If you need to add this coverage it usually is fairly inexpensive, under a hundred a year or so. Some Gemeinden will ask for proof of your liability insurance cover as well as your ANIS registration when you register at the Gemeinde. Be sure you understand the time frames required.

These points, as well as other issues of dog control law that you need to know, are covered in the links I gave to the Tier Im Recht summary and to the ZH Veterinaramt. If your wife reads German, please have her study these links and discuss them with you.

Another document you need to read and understand is the 'Code of Conduct For Dog Owners and Non Dog Owners' -in English - put out by the Zuerich Cantonal Veterinaramt. Please read this a million times and commit it to memory. ( ) The responsibilities of a dog owner here are perhaps somewhat different from what you might know at home, don't put your puppy at risk due to lack of understanding of the law and your responsibilities.

http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...12englisch.pdf


Another document, only in German, is the 'Broschure fur Hundehalterinnen und Hundhalter' which concisely explains Zurich dog law. Again, a must read.

http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...ng2012-def.pdf

In Switzerland the onus is always on you to know the law, to seek out relevant information yourself... Few folks in authority will volunteer necessary info unasked, it just isn't part of the culture. Key for dog owners is learning to research and learning exactly which questions to ask.

Actually that last bit applies to pretty much all aspects of Swiss life.

If you and your wife think you could handle the German, and if you are anywhere close to Wollerau SZ (left side of the lake, just over the cantonal border), you might think about taking the Practical course with my trainer, Jeanette Schuler Ponte. I suggest this because she has a beagle, a 'challenging' dog with whom who she has worked wonders. She knows the beagle 'stubbornness' well and she knows how to adapt appropriate training to the breed's instinctive characteristics. She would be a good resource.

Or, contact the Beagle club in Mrs D's link, ask them if they can recommend a 'beagle savvy' trainer in ZH who is willing to do the Practical course in English.

The reason I am suggesting a trainer who is well versed in 'beagle-ness' is that the Meutehund breeds, which include beagles, do often need a somewhat different approach to training. You have to understand the beagle mind and breed characteristics. If you are a first time owner this is all the more important.

And again, as you are considering a French breeder please review what it takes to import a dog into Switzerland, especially restrictions on young puppies. There have been too many sad stories of owners who failed to follow Swiss import procedures, where the puppies have then been seized and euthanized. Do it right, from the very beginning.

Joe, I don't mean to preach, but from what you write it sounds like you have not looked into the legal side of dog ownership in Switzerland yet. I cannot stress enough how very important it is to know what you need to do when in order to get your dog 'street legal', and to know what your legal responsibilities and society's expectations are. It is difficult when you do not speak German, but learning all this should be a priority, before taking on a puppy.


Wishing you and your pup all the best.

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If you and your wife think you could handle the German, and if you are anywhere close to Wollerau SZ (left side of the lake, just over the cantonal border), you might think about taking the Practical course with my trainer, Jeanette Schuler Ponte. I suggest this because she has a beagle, a very 'challenging' dog with whom who she has worked wonders. She knows the beagle 'stubbornness' well and she knows how to adapt appropriate training to the breed's instinctive characteristics. She would be a good resource.

Or, contact the Beagle club in Mrs D's link, ask them if they can recommend a 'beagle savvy' trainer in ZH who is willing to do the Practical course in English.

The reason I am suggesting a trainer who is well versed in 'beagle-ness' is that the Meutehunde breeds, which include beagles, do often need a somewhat different approach to training. You have to understand the beagle mind and breed characteristics. If you are a first time owner this is all the more important.
I second this advice. We own Bassets, like beagles, which our dogs are often mistaken for, very stubborn dogs and often misunderstood. Difficult to train indeed but absolutely worth the effort.

I also want to add that we rescued all of our dogs and not as puppies. There are many advantages in adopting a young dog, particularly a dog you can meet here, take for a walk, and especially if the dog has already attended the courses, as some on the beagle club's website have.
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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

Hi all,

Re-opening this long-dormant post in lieu of starting a new one:

Does anyone know if the online SKN courses are still required in Zurich? There seems to be some conflicting information online from my searching...

And, if not required, if we are looking to adopt, would it still be helpful for the process if we took the course anyways?

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Re: Online BLV approved SKN theory courses

The federal SKN course requirement was abolished two years ago. So there is no more federal requirement.

However, each canton is still free to set it's own dog control legislation, which may include training requirements. It's up to every dog owner to learn the regs in their canton of residence.

In canton ZH, dogs are divided into Kleinwüchsig breeds/mixes and List 1 breeds/mixes (over 45cm or 15kg). The size of the dog determines whether you have to take a series of mandatory courses, or not.

If your dog is pedigreed, it's easy to determine which group it falls into. If your dog is mixed, and full grown, it stands to reason that size determines the training requirements. If your dog is mixed and a puppy, the size of the larger parent determines, if known.

The Kleinwüchsig breeds do not have any course requirements.*

List I dogs must take a series of courses - Welpenforderung, Junghund, Erwachsene - each at the appropriate age.

You can read all about the ZH requirements here:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...usbildung.html

Here's a helpful guide to determine what you need to do when:
https://codex-hund.ch/hundehalter/kurse-guide

And here is the list of trainers officially approved to do the List I courses. Note that Welpenförderung is often a separate certification:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...Ort_190517.pdf

Please also read through the entire Hunde section on the VETA website, as well as the Codex for Dog owners. Conveniently in English, here:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...12englisch.pdf


ZH has also banned 8 breeds or types and mixes therein. There are several threads discussing how a List II banned breed is determined - in short, pedigree, parentage, 10% DNA, and phenotyping. As you are already in ZH it is not possible - in any way, seriously - to adopt a List II dog, so we'll leave that outside this discussion.


*Even if you are not required to take a course by cantonal law, please do so. It is imperative that dog owners get the information they need to help their dogs live harmoniously in our over-crowded and sadly all too often dog-intolerant society - and IMO classes are the best way to so that. Training should be a life-long activity that both dog and owner enjoy together.

Towards that end, there is a new set of voluntary courses offered Switzerland-wide, the NHB (National Hundehalter Brevet) that picks up where the old SKN left off. This includes a theory course and practical courses. If you chooses a small breed or mix, please consider taking the NHB theory course to help you get ready - and then please consider going further.

The theory course is about much more than law - it's about getting ready to take on a 15+ year commitment, about learning what you need to do to provide the kind of life your future best friend needs to live happily with you, and within Swiss society. It's all about starting off on the right foot, a fantastic investment, IMO.

More on the NHB here:
https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...g-program.html

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There are many good Hundeschule and Hundeverein offering many types of courses. I always encourage new dog owners to find a good Hundeschule - not only for your dog, but also for yourself. Classes are a great way to find friends with similar interests.

Do you need classes in English, or is German OK? If English, you might want to contact EF member CherryTree, she is a respected trainer offering a range of classes, including the ZH List 1 and NHB.



ETA:

Cantonal dog legislation covers much, much more than training courses - and of course every dog owner must know, and of course follow, chapter and verse. Here is a summary of the ZH dog control law, compiled by the Tier Im Recht foundation:
https://www.tierimrecht.org/de/recht/hunderecht/zurich/

The text of the law itself is linked at the top of the summary, it would be wise to read that carefully as well.

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Good luck with the adoption decision - here's to many happy times with your future for footed friend.

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The federal SKN course requirement was abolished two years ago. So there is no more federal requirement.

However, each canton is still free to set it's own dog control legislation, which may include training requirements. It's up to every dog owner to learn the regs in their canton of residence.

In canton ZH, dogs are divided into Kleinwüchsig breeds/mixes and List 1 breeds/mixes (over 45cm or 15kg). The size of the dog determines whether you have to take a series of mandatory courses, or not.

If your dog is pedigreed, it's easy to determine which group it falls into. If your dog is mixed, and full grown, it stands to reason that size determines the training requirements. If your dog is mixed and a puppy, the size of the larger parent determines, if known.

The Kleinwüchsig breeds do not have any course requirements.*

List I dogs must take a series of courses - Welpenforderung, Junghund, Erwachsene - each at the appropriate age.

You can read all about the ZH requirements here:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...usbildung.html

Here's a helpful guide to determine what you need to do when:
https://codex-hund.ch/hundehalter/kurse-guide

And here is the list of trainers officially approved to do the List I courses. Note that Welpenförderung is often a separate certification:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...Ort_190517.pdf

Please also read through the entire Hunde section on the VETA website, as well as the Codex for Dog owners. Conveniently in English, here:
https://veta.zh.ch/internet/gesundhe...12englisch.pdf


ZH has also banned 8 breeds or types and mixes therein. There are several threads discussing how a List II banned breed is determined - in short, pedigree, parentage, 10% DNA, and phenotyping. As you are already in ZH it is not possible - in any way, seriously - to adopt a List II dog, so we'll leave that outside this discussion.


*Even if you are not required to take a course by cantonal law, please do so. It is imperative that dog owners get the information they need to help their dogs live harmoniously in our over-crowded and sadly all too often dog-intolerant society - and IMO classes are the best way to so that. Training should be a life-long activity that both dog and owner enjoy together.

Towards that end, there is a new set of voluntary courses offered Switzerland-wide, the NHB (National Hundehalter Brevet) that picks up where the old SKN left off. This includes a theory course and practical courses. If you chooses a small breed or mix, please consider taking the NHB theory course to help you get ready - and then please consider going further.

The theory course is about much more than law - it's about getting ready to take on a 15+ year commitment, about learning what you need to do to provide the kind of life your future best friend needs to live happily with you, and within Swiss society. It's all about starting off on the right foot, a fantastic investment, IMO.

More on the NHB here:
https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...g-program.html

---

There are many good Hundeschule and Hundeverein offering many types of courses. I always encourage new dog owners to find a good Hundeschule - not only for your dog, but also for yourself. Classes are a great way to find friends with similar interests.

Do you need classes in English, or is German OK? If English, you might want to contact EF member CherryTree, she is a respected trainer offering a range of classes, including the ZH List 1 and NHB.



ETA:

Cantonal dog legislation covers much, much more than training courses - and of course every dog owner must know, and of course follow, chapter and verse. Here is a summary of the ZH dog control law, compiled by the Tier Im Recht foundation:
https://www.tierimrecht.org/de/recht/hunderecht/zurich/

The text of the law itself is linked at the top of the summary, it would be wise to read that carefully as well.

---

Good luck with the adoption decision - here's to many happy times with your future for footed friend.
Thanks, meloncollie--we would need it in English preferably (or French, but that seems tough to find in Zurich...). Will get in touch with CherryTree!
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