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Old 08.11.2016, 23:31
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Have you considered a kennel? Not all kennels are the same. A young dog might really enjoy a weekend with some canine friends.
Unfortunately kennels are not an option for us, she has hip dysplasia and the hip specialist told us that she shouldn't be around too many dogs - since she is young and doesn't know when to stop playing. Before we found out she had hip dysplasia she used to happily go to a doggy day care twice a week, she would just "know" when it was Wednesday and Friday when the lady would come to pick her up, she wouldn't even look back as she left our home
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She quoted us 660CHF for her staying in our home, walking our dog 3 times a day and staying with her the entire day and a half without leaving her alone...
This is outrageous!

Approx. 10 years ago I recommended this kennel: http://www.tierferienheim-gredig.ch/portrait.htm

Unfortunately I don't know if they are still top notch, but its worth a try.

In regards to hourly walks:

Students with no canine training at all should only be considered if dogs really don't have any issues, and should be paid CHF 20/hour.

Adults that spent a lot of money on seminars & training should be paid up to CHF 40/hour.

Self-employed experts are worth at least CHF 60/hour.

This is my humble opinion.
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Old 10.11.2016, 14:29
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Unfortunately kennels are not an option for us, she has hip dysplasia and the hip specialist told us that she shouldn't be around too many dogs - since she is young and doesn't know when to stop playing. Before we found out she had hip dysplasia she used to happily go to a doggy day care twice a week, she would just "know" when it was Wednesday and Friday when the lady would come to pick her up, she wouldn't even look back as she left our home
I also have dogs with hip dysplasia. They are 15 and 13. Dogs with special needs require an experienced sitter who is aware of and will respect the dog's needs. A dog doesn't need to be around other dogs to over exert themselves. Stairs, jumping on and off a sofa, these can also be dangerous.

In your shoes I would look for a kennel where the dog has limited interaction with other dogs but where the dog is taken for walks.
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

Steffie, were are you in Zurich as I might be able to help. I live in schwamendingen if anyone needs help with their pets cats or dogs.
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Old 14.11.2016, 18:50
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She quoted us 660CHF for her staying in our home, walking our dog 3 times a day and staying with her the entire day and a half without leaving her alone...
Thanks a million. I will take this into account next time our neighbour asks us to feed their fish when they take of for the weekend.
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Thanks a million. I will take this into account next time our neighbour asks us to feed their fish when they take of for the weekend.
Do you also have to walk them 3 times a day?
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

Around Rüschlikon/adliswil

I pay 35 for the whole day in somebody's home who already has a do. They go for at least 2 long walks a day.

I pay 75 to someone to our dog trainer, whose profession is dog care for the entire day+overnight with pick up from home.

Prices seem stable to me
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

So am back at looking for dogsitting care once again. I did use a kennel for the last few times but now with a deaf 14.5 yr old dog, I'd prefer to find in home dog care or a place that's not a kennel style. And I also have a second crazy 9 yr old dog (who is more than energetic!).

The prices for 2 dogss are probably what they are (fair?) for in home care. But am I the only one who finds it cheaper to fly people in from overseas to house and pet sit? The cost of the dog care will soon be more expensive than our vacation! Flights from Vancouver to Zurich can be less than 1000 CHF....
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

You are not the only one.

Most recent emergency I had to beg my brother to come in to care for the mutts; his flight was quite expensive, plus he needs a couple weeks' ski holiday as motivation.

But beggars (because I am going broke flying relatives in so that I can fly home to care for the other relatives) can't be choosers.

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The issue is not so much cost but rather that there simply are very few sitters working in Switzerland who have the skills needed, and who have the mature, responsible attitude needed. And of those, finding one who is available to work in my area, doing the kind of sitting needed, has proven almost impossible. I have looked everywhere in Switzerland, advertised widely, for years.


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Back home, I'd have my choice of qualified, trustworthy people.

At this point I am thinking of trying to sponsor a non-EU person for a permit... maybe we can club together to make it a full time job?

Joke... well mostly. Yes, I am well aware that a permit would never be issued for domestic work.

But serious question: What do you do when there is no one at all in Switzerland who is qualified and willing to do a job that needs to be done?
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

It's strange that it is so difficult to find this specific type of care that is required. I would think us on the English Forum can't be the only people in CH that are looking for in home pet care?

When I'm retired...looks like I'll have another job to do
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Re: 2016 Average (Private) Pet Care Cost Thread - your input needed!

For pets with special needs one probably needs a veterinary nurse or assistant. These people do exist, in fact I know of several, but mainly they offer pet sitting in their home, which for many of us would not work. Pets with special needs may be better off in their own environment because their needs can be better met. (For example, we have a dog who cannot manage stairs and we live in a raised bungalow. We built a special path (ramp) in the garden so the dogs could avoid using the stairs.
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