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New law coming our way

Starting January 1, 2022 the law will change the mandatory training not only for big dogs, but for all dogs, living in canton Zurich:

§ 7. 1 Anyone who keeps a dog must attend a recognized practical dog training with the dog.
§ 7. 2 Every first time dog owner must additionally attend a recognized theoretical dog training course (without dog).

This is regardless of the dog's size, so even tiny breed owners have to comply.

However, the recognized trainers will learn only in September to what extend the courses will be.
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Re: New law coming our way

Very happy to hear this!

I'll be very interested in seeing the details.

Thanks for posting this CherryTree!
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Excellent news! Thank you for posting, CherryTree.
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Re: New law coming our way

So we are going back to what it was previously then got changed?
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So we are going back to what it was previously then got changed?
The new regs will be for canton ZH only.

The biggest change that we know of so far is that all dogs will be required to take a practical course, regardless of size. Under current ZH dog law only breeds/mixes larger than 15kg or 45 cm are required to do the series of age-specific cantonal courses.

I'm so pleased that the Powers That Be have recognized that all dogs need training, regardless of size. And more importantly, all dog owners do as well.

As CherryTree points out, we won't know the details until Sept.

My 2P - My wish would be a requirement for Welpen as well as adult classes for all, similar to the stage of courses the current law lays out for large dogs. Early development is so very important - and proper early socialization can head off a host of the kinds of problems that tend to blow up into larger issues later. I doubt the regs will go that far, though... But these are the kinds of details we will learn of as the new regs are rolled out.



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The now-abolished SKN was federal law, which was applicable to all cantons, was a sort of minimum requirement. Each canton was - and still is - able to set it's own dog law as well. Some like ZG require nothing at all of dog owners, some require more in-depth training well beyond the scope of the old SKN, such as the current ZH large dog regs.

As with so much in CH, one has to look at how federal, cantonal, and local laws intersect.
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The new regs will be for canton ZH only.

The biggest change that we know of so far is that all dogs will be required to take a practical course, regardless of size. Under current ZH dog law only breeds/mixes larger than 15kg or 45 cm are required to do the series of age-specific cantonal courses.
I very much like that in addition to that first time dog owners need to visit a theory class - preferably before getting the dog.
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Old 18.07.2021, 15:50
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Re: New law coming our way

Why wouldn't you want to do training with your puppy and/or dog? It's so much fun and is rewarding for both human and animal.

I recently got a puppy and it was a requirement by the breeder that we attend 5 puppy training lessons and 10 further dog training lessons.

I realise now that the training is as much for me as for my dog. There are so many little things that one wouldn't figure out or pick up on. Socializing the dog, as well as learning how to teach the dog is crucial. I can see the growth in my wee girl with every day, every outing and training session.

It also fosters a beautiful bond, and I gush over my girl when she receives and learns. I was in Zug today, and she's super eager to meet other dogs, I was training her to sit and watch them go by as they pass us. People and animals react and you can see people assessing the situation and feeling calm. Everyone seems to sense when there's an awareness of what's going on.

I have learned so much from how to read my dog, the logistics, basic care, obedience, fun, social norms. It's such a beautiful thing.

I'm all for training, everyone should have to do it.

I won't stop with the training and would like to go on and do agility.
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Re: New law coming our way

So how does this work? Do all dog owners who pay dog taxes receive a letter or something with all information in Sep? If I had not seen this thread, I would never have known....

My dog is 2.3kg, I love training and he's very well behaved, but I am all for taking a mandatory course
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So how does this work? Do all dog owners who pay dog taxes receive a letter or something with all information in Sep? If I had not seen this thread, I would never have known....
Good question.

For now, keep an eye out for updated information on the ZH Veterinäramt site, here:
https://www.zh.ch/de/umwelt-tiere/ti...ere/hunde.html

(Obviously there is no new information yet - start looking ca. September-ish)

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I would think that as the time nears information will be published in newspapers, and local veterinary practices will likely have information to share. But best to be proactive and keep an eye on the primary source, the BLV website.
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Re: New law coming our way

Depends on the training of course. We did a puppy course that I found pretty useless, seemed more geared for people who never had a dog/animal before

I do think appropriate training for pet owners on what to expect with a puppy, poddy training, socialization, behavior modification etc are pretty important and would go a long way in avoiding people prematurely investing in a dog that they will end up giving away quickly because they didn't really appreciate all that is involved
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Re: New law coming our way

The puppy course I'm on has been great.

The trainer came to our home for the first lesson, to look at our home situation and offer tips on everything from feeding to toilet training. She gave us tips for command training at home, even in a play situation. The commands at this stage are getting the puppy's attention, recall, sitting, dropping or leaving (in my puppy's case, horseshit, she loves horseshit), and physical cues when in the company of other dogs. Toys, treats etc.

The other lessons so far have been on reading body language, assessing play, energy levels and fatigue. Socializing protocols, on/off leash training.

The third lesson was in a shopping mall and train station.

More to come.

As well as this I've taken her on a group outing into the forest with her siblings, and other puppies and adults. This was a guide on how to train on regular walks, introducing my puppy to new textures, obstacles and fun.

It's been a really valuable experience for me.
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