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Old 15.07.2008, 18:14
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Dog school & vet in Zurich wanted

Does any one know of a good dog training school and/or a vet in Zurich, both ENGLISH SPEAKING! I live downtown Zuri and am getting a new dog at the begining of August and I'm hoping to be as prepared as I can before I get him. Cheers!
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Re: Dog school & vet in Zurich wanted

Hello -- did anyone have any suggestions as to an English speaking dog training school? I just bought a puppy last week and I think it would be helpful for him (especially to socialize him more around other dogs). Thanks!
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Old 18.01.2009, 19:40
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I would also be very interested. I have a daschund who thinks he is a pitbull. Could use a bit of socialising.
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I just bought a puppy last week ... (snip)
Not only would it be helpful... it's also the law.

(Please forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but under the new Tierschutzgesetz anyone acquiring a dog after 1 Sept 2008 must take classes with a trainer certified by a Bvet-recognized training organization. First time owners are required to attend theory classes before acquisition of the dog. Given the confusion surrounding the roll-out of the law, you will have until 2010 to comply, though.)

See the BVet for a list of training organizations recognized to certify members, click on 'Anerkannte Ausbildner von Hundetrainern' and 'Wer Darf Sachkundenachweise Ausstellen?:

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/tsp/02222/0...x.html?lang=de

For instance, a list of Certodog eligible trainers can be found here:

http://www.certodog.ch/filemanager/1231927840.pdf

And a further list of training schools; some of these trainers will be certified to offer the Sachkundenachweis soon:

http://www.certodog.ch/filemanager/1232041294.pdf

The required courses are fairly minimal - 10 hours IIRC. You will probably be able to complete the requirement via a puppy or Junghund class, but it certainly is a good idea - for you and your dog - to continue beyond that if you find a trainer with whom you like working.

As for English speaking, I wouldn't worry so much. Just start calling trainers near you - even if a group course is offered only in German some trainers will be willing to do private lessons in English.

Or use this as an opportunity to practice your German. Seriously. Thanks to training classes and tolerant fellow dog owners, I speak fluent 'Hund-Deutsch' - although my High German is imperfect and my Swiss German downright awful.

If you speak any German at all, you will probably find that you can get by - and there is often someone in the class who speaks enough English to help when you get a bit lost.

Honestly, being in a class where I didn't quite understand the language actually helped me work more effectively with my dog. After all, the dog is going through the same thing - trying to decipher a babble of sounds and an incomprehensible set of rules, relying on visual clues and universal tones to guess at what is being asked. Having been put in the same shoes, so to speak, I've learned a lot about how to use non-verbal communication more effectively.

All the best to you and your pup.

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I would also be very interested. I have a daschund who thinks he is a pitbull. Could use a bit of socialising.
Oh my goodness so have I!! Though he also needs some lessons in socialising which don't involve barking and biting (other dogs, that is ). I've enquired with a local dog training school however I've yet to find out if they're English-speaking.
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Re: Dog school & vet in Zurich wanted

My daughter is a vet and shes done a training course with S. Harper for dogs with problems, she is also going to be taking the course this year so that she can give the courses that are needed by the law .
She is working partime at a vets in Hinwil a Dr Stephan Braun and she speaks perfect English
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