“The animal welfare legislation come into effect in 2008 made compulsory the skills certificate for the dog holders“.
Every person who has never had a dog has to do a theoretical training course of at least 4 hours on “the needs of his animal, on the way of treating him correctly and on the represented investment, in time and money.”
“Every person who buys a dog has, even if he already possesses one“, also to attend a training course for dogs of at least 4 hours.
Source : Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office
After the introduction of the dog licence in 2008, Switzerland prepares the introduction of a cat licence for the similar objectives for 2017.
However, contrary on examination of skills for the dogs which takes place outdoor, the final examination for the obtaining of the cat licence will take place in the place of residence of the owner. An expert will stay there during an indefinite duration to examine the following points :
- Quality and frequency of the food
- Maintenance of the litter box
- Cleaning (vomit, wee-wee, poo, other)
- Bath (optional)
- Search for hidden cat (in apartment and outdoor if the cat goes out)
- Meowing translation
- Interactive game
- Cuddles (frequency and quality)