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Dog's hotel in Zurich

Hi everyone,
We just moved to Zurich with our 3 year old Ridgeback.
He is a very sensitive boy, and I am looking for a good pet hotel for him, or better even a person with a dog who can take care of him while we are away...
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Old 09.08.2015, 19:29
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Re: Dog's hotel in Zurich

Welcome to the Forum.

Paging Meloncollie!

Until MC gets here, I suggest you do a search in the Pet Corner section for other Threads on the subject of dog ownership - in particular Ridgebacks and similar breeds.
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Re: Dog's hotel in Zurich

Hi Elena,

I'm afraid I can't give you a personal recommendation for a kennel in Zürich, as I do not use kennels for my dogs. I use a sitter who moves into my home when I need to be away. And unfortunatly I can't pass on her details, as she is all but retired, she is not taking on new clients.

Hopefully someone who has used kennels will pop in with a recommendation.


But in the meantime, Longbyt has touched on an important point: cantonal dog law, and how you will be affected.

Be aware that dog control functions at three levels in Switzerland: federal, cantonal, and community.

At the federal level, animal welfare issues are addressed. These include the federal SKN classes. Control is largely addressed at the cantonal and community level, these include breed bans, leash laws, picking up, fines for infractions - and in some cases additional training beyond the federal requirements.

Zürich is an example of the latter. In canton ZH, due to his size (over 15kg or 45cm) a ridgeback is a List 1 dog. This means that you are required to do additional training courses. This applies to all dogs born after 31 Dec 2010; people moving to Zürich after that date with a dog born before that date need to contact the cantonal Veterinäramt for a decision on your individual case.

The courses are required are puppy training, adolescent trianing, adult training. Which courses, how many hours, etc. that will be required in your case will depend on the age of your dog.

If you are excused from the cantonal training requirement due to your dog's age, then you will simply need to follow the federal training requirements, the SKN courses.

There are two of these classes, the SKN Theory and SKN Practical.

The Theory class is required of all first time dog owners, to be done before one acquires a dog. The definition of first time owner is clear for all Swiss residents: having had a dog registered the ANIS database, in your own name.

It is less clear for people moving to Switzerland with a dog in tow. Obviously you already have a dog, so are not a first time owner - but you are a first time owner in Switzerland. In this case you need to contact the cantonal Veterinäramt for a ruling on whether you are excused from the federal SKN Theory course, or not. Some people have been, some are required to take it. The decision is made on each individual case.

All owners of any dog acquired after 1 Sept 2008 are required to do the SKN Practical course. You have a year to get this done.

If you are required to do the canton ZH List 1 courses, these will take the place of the federal SKN Practical course.

And now for my usual sermon.

Even if excused from the courses - SKN or List 1 - please take them. There is information you need to be a responsible dog owner in Switzerland that you would have a hard time finding elsewhere - and not knowing what is expected of you is how you put a foot (paw) wrong here. You don't want your dog to suffer because of your lack of information. The classes are fun, not expensive. Iin fact the SKN classes are quite cheap, but even the ZH classes don't cost all that much in the relative scheme of things.

More importantly, classes are an opportunity for a 'soft landing' for you. You will likely meet kindred spirits in class, some of whom may become friends. You will have a chance to practice your German, to learn about your community. A good Hundescule is a very valuable resource for a dog owner. Even for those with decades of experience.

I'll make a special plea for your dog and the List 1 classes:

The List 1 requirements (and the banning of 8 breeds) came into effect via a public referendum. The good voters of Zürich are wary of large dogs - and the sad fact of breed prejudice is that your ridgeback will prompt more wariness among some members of the public than, say, a golden retriever - although they are both List 1 dogs. Taking the classes will better equipe you to handle local attitudes towards our larger canine friends.

Do you read German? If so, here is a summary of the ZH cantonal law, from the excellent folks at Tier Im Recht

The text of the actual law is linked at the top. Note that each canton has different dog laws - if you visit another canton you will be expected to know and follow their laws. The Tier Im Recht website is your best friend here - all cantons are summarized.

(Note that the Thai Ridgeback is banned in GE - not the 'regular' Ridgeback.)

The final say in all matters governing dogs in canton ZH is the cantonal Veterinäramt. The website, including contact details, is here:

ZH dog law is detailed here - if you have questions please go to the source, do not rely on unofficial information. Including my post here.


Another thing you should know while searching for dog care:

Unlike in most of our home countries, commercial - that is, paid - dog care is regulated in Switzerland. Anyone caring for a dog in return for money must have at a minimum the same training courses as an owner would - that is the federal SKN courses or the cantonal equivalent. It only makes sense that anyone paid to care for a dog be held to the same standard as an owner is.

The SKN courses allow a carer to care for up to 5 dogs. Caring for more than 5 dogs requires either the FBA or the Tierpfleger diploma, these are more professional courses.

The onus is on you, the dog owner, to ensure that the person you hire to care for your dog is compliant with the law - and the liability falls to you if you hire someone who is not.

Please be aware that there are many folks offering dog care who are not compliant - including most of the people looking for a side job here on EF. No one should flaunt the law, obviously, but given that your dog is a List 1 dog, I would in even stronger terms caution you against employing anyone who is not compliant - for your dog's sake.

You can read more about what is required of a dog sitter in this thread:
Requirements For Dog Care Providers


All the best to you and your pooch as you settle in.
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