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dog course compulsory again for Neuchâtel and Valais

Great news, I think.

And for certain breeds in Vaud.
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https://www.rts.ch/info/regions/neuc...de-chiens.html

https://www.24heures.ch/les-cours-po...s-478156340800
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Re: dog course compulsory again for Neuchâtel and Valais

Welcome news, IMO.

Translating from the NE article, with help from Deepl because my French is atrocious:

Courses for new dog owners are again mandatory in the canton of Neuchâtel since January. Approximately 500 dog owners will be involved in this training every year.

"The main objective of these courses is a successful integration of the dog into society," said Friday at the premises of the Kennel Society of Boudry (NE), the cantonal veterinarian Pierre-François Gobat. Owners will be made aware of bites and aggression, the collection of waste, respect for wildlife and livestoc, and the needs of the animal.

Training must begin no later than six months after the acquisition of the dog and must be completed within one year. It will last eight hours, including two hours of theory. It will cost between 20 and 30 francs, depending on the number of participants and will be more expensive if it is individual.

The courses will take place first in a closed environment (my note: training ground) and then in an urban environment, so that the dog learns how to behave in the city. There are about 11'000 dogs in the canton, of which about 10% are new animals per year. Of these 1100 dogs, about half are acquired by new owners, who will have to follow these courses.

Failure to take or complete the courses could result in administrative or criminal consequences. However, this should not lead to a decision to seize or euthanize the dog.

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This is a very easy requirement - only 8 hours, 2 of theory, 6 of practical. Obviously these mandatory courses will only scratch the surface, a responsible owner goes much further - but it is a very good way to get new dog owners set off on the right path. The price looks quite reasonable and should not be an impediment to anyone.

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A key point the article brings up is that since the abolition of the federal SKN a slight increase in dog bites was seen in the canton, in contrast to the decrease in animal protection problems that was seen while the old SKN was in force.

That resonates with what I and colleagues all across Switzerland have seen - since the abolition of the SKN, there has been a noticable decrease in owner responsibility. So kudos to NE for trying to get owners back on the right track.

A very good move in my eyes.

Training classes are an excellent investment and an excellent opportunity, for both you and your dogs.

Thanks for highlighting this, Jackie and Belgianmum!
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