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Mandatory theory course for first-time dog owners: Preparation for the Attestation of Competence (SKN) for Dog Owners

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Have you recently bought a dog or do you want to buy a dog?


As of September 2008 every dog owner is required to obtain the Attestation of Competence. The new dog law of the Federal Veterinary Office (FVO) requires that:


Requirements for Keeping Dogs


Persons who wish to acquire a dog shall, prior to purchase, be able to attest their competence in theory, providing proof of their knowledge regarding the keeping and handling of dogs.
For further details see: The laws here on the website.

Berner Sennenhund WelpeGone to the dogs? Every dog owner is required to obtain the Attestation of Competence (SKN) once. More information is available on our information page.

Objectives of the Mandatory Theory Course for the SKN

  • Dog owners into and knowledge of the many issues concerning dogs. 
  • Future dog owners will be made aware of their significant responsibility and will come to understand the needs of their dog.

Who Should Book the SKN Theory Course?

  • Prospective dog owners who want to buy a dog in the near future.
  • The law provides that breeders may only give dogs to first-time dog owners who have received the certificate showing that they completed the SKN Theory Course. 
  • New dog owners who want to learn: What does my dog need from me?

Theory - Course Content

  • Dog ownership
  • Breeding / Breeds
  • Nutrition
  • Care / Health
  • Wolf / Dog 
  • Laws / Regulations

Course Schedule of the Online Theory Course

The prospective dog owners will read and internalize the richly illustrated articles on the various topics. Each topic will be followed by a light-hearted self-test. This will give you the chance to verify: Have I really understood the material? Should questions be answered in incorrectly, the participant will have the opportunity to deepen his understanding. The test can be repeated at any time, "failing" is practically impossible.

On average it will take four hours of online study time to review the various topics. Of course participants are free to spend more time learning more about the fascinating subject of dog handling. Recommended reading - including free online texts - is listed alongside every topic.

It is important for first-time dog owners to come to grips with these topics. This is the only way to ensure that the participants become aware of the substantial responsibilities dog-ownership entails.

There is no final exam that you need to pass. All tests are voluntary and only for self-monitoring purposes.

After graduation you will receive the SKN-certificate, provided that your work with the course material shows that you understood the theory. More information is available on our information page..This certificate must be produced when you buy a dog. Apart from that it is advised that you safely store the certificate together with any other documentation regarding your dog.

When you buy another dog you do not need to complete the theory course again. The certificate you received the first time around will suffice.

Within a year a participant who completed the theory course must attend a practical course that builds on the theory course. At the end of the course you will get to know providers that offer the practical course in your area. Of course you are free to find a trainer of your choosing for the practical course.

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