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English/Italian speaking dog trainer near Zug

Hello! We are getting a puppy in two weeks. Looking for an English-speaking trainer near Zug. Can also be Italian-speaking but English is better. I know everybody has a puppy these days, so a trainer is hard to find ... all suggestions much appreciated, thank you!
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Re: English/Italian speaking dog trainer near Zug

First, congrats on the new addition!

You might want to contact EF member CherryTree, who is a professional dog trainer. She will do courses in English, and I believe can set up sessions along the Silver Coast as well as in Zug.

Fairtrain in Knonau also provides some courses in English;

In another thread, EF Member Corbets recommended this greater Zug area trainer, English is possible:

Other possibilities in Zug, not necessarily in English:

I am including these because Welpenförderung is very much age dependent. A puppy goes through critical developmental periods; you want to make sure you are providing the right interaction and socialisation at the appropriate age.

Your puppy’s developmental stage is far more important than language! If you can’t find a course in English or Italian, I would still urge you to attend an age appropriate class in German. Take along a friend who speaks German, or rely on the good will of the trainer and course participants. In your area, chances are someone speaks enough English to help you out. It might not be ideal for you, but far better than missing the critical developmental stage.

The Kynologischer Verein Zug holds Welpenförderung classes:

In addition to Welpenförderung, they also offer a ‘Ein Welpe Zieht Ein’ course, a theory course for new puppy owners. If this is your first puppy, i would recommend this kind of course, in order to prepare yourself for your puppy's arrival.


All are in the Bosch Areal.

Here is a link to a list of some dog schools in the greater Zug area, from the Ennetsee Klink*:

Also Hundeschule Fee, in Lindenberg LU, does a Welpenbegleitung training - this is individual training, but might be a good addition to a Welpenförderung class;
Depending on where you are in ZG, it might not be to far from you.

A caveat: I do not have personal experience with these dog schools, I train elsewhere. But since no one else has replied with personal experience, these should at least get you started. From reading their websites, however, it is clear that each subscribes to somewhat different philosophies.

It is very important that you choose a trainer whose training ideas and methods align with yours, who is able to respond to your puppy’s individual needs, to develop a rapport with both you and your pup. You are the best judge of whether a trainer is the right person for you and your dog - always listen to that voice in the back of your head!

Towards that end, it is best to visit each Hundeschule you are considering well ahead of time, without your pup. Observe the trainer, see how he or she works with other dogs, other owners. Does it feel like a good fit? Do not sign up for a course until you are sure you feel comfortable in that environment. (Many trainers offer a trial lesson, btw.)

Be aware that there is a difference between a ‘Welpenförderung’ puppy class and a puppy play group, The former is a well-structured course designed to promote sound puppy development using an age-appropriate methods, led by a trainer who usually has special qualifications or education in this area.

The latter are sometimes run by less than serious people. Play is important to a puppy, certainly, but a class that just tosses puppies together without structure or control or knowledge of age appropriate socialisation can descend into chaos, leaving some puppies overwhelmed - and can even lead to developing bad habits that can be hard to rehab later on.

Look for the former, avoid the latter.


* By the way, have you found a vet yet? As an FYI, the Ennetsee Klinik in Hünenberg serves as the greater Zug area’s 24/7 emergency clinic, so no matter who you choose for your primary vet, you will want to get to know them.

Also, don’t forget that you need to see a vet within 10 days of your pup’s arrival in order to do the AMICUS registration.


Wishing you and your pup all the best.

Oh, and puppy photos are mandatory.

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Re: English/Italian speaking dog trainer near Zug

Thank you so very much for such an informative reply! We will look through everything very carefully and follow your suggestions. Can't thank you enough.

As to the vet, yes - the exact same clinic, it seems to be universally recommended!
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