Switzerland’s Parliament has voted to end compulsory training courses dog owners. The rule, which was introduced in 2008, meant that when someone acquired a dog, they had to undertake four hours of obedience training classes and first-time dog owners also had to attend a theory class.
The reason the government has given for its change in stance on compulsory education is due to the report published in March which said that dog courses were not having a major impact, admitting around 20% of dog owners didn’t attend the compulsory courses, and of those who did the report claimed there wasn’t a noticeable behavioural difference in the dogs who attended vs those who hadn’t.
The number of incidents reported, such as dog bites, has also not decreased.
Banned dog breeds in Switzerland
Switzerland is home to more than 500,000 dogs.
As yet, it is not clear how this change in legislation will affect dog owners of breeds on the dangerous dogs list who have to complete 72 hours of obedience training classes with their dogs over a two-year period. , which includes the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Akita
Switzerland’s banned breeds include the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Akita inu and Fila Brasileiro.