PROFESSIONAL HEAD DOG NANNY REQUIRED – SWITZERLAND


Reference Number
CD259
City
Zurich
Country
Switzerland
Salary Information
Negotiable, DOE
Job Type
Permanent
Job Hours
Full-time
Internal ID
1204
Vacancy Category
Private household

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PROFESSIONAL HEAD DOG NANNY REQUIRED – SWITZERLAND

A truly unique and wonderful opportunity has arisen for a passionate and caring dog-lover to undertake a Head Dog Nanny role in Zurich, Switzerland. Working alongside and guiding a small team of close-knit dog nannies, you will be responsible for the care of our client’s much-loved dogs. The dogs are show-dogs that regularly enter competitions, and therefore have strict routines for diets, medication, grooming and training – but there’s also plenty of time for walks and fun playtime.

Working collaboratively in a shift pattern (including some evenings and weekends) to ensure the dogs receive the best possible care at all times, you will be highly organised, responsible and reliable, as well as intuitive, kind and caring. Taking responsibility for the inventories of the dogs’ food and general supplies, including placing orders when stocks are low, you will report directly to the principal and therefore be a brilliant communicator who is also discreet, calm and reserved.

You will be a team player who can follow instruction when required, but must be able to work autonomously without supervision and able to preempt any needs or issues that may arise. Liaising with the wider team and external service providers, you will pay exceptional attention to detail and ensure that the day runs smoothly, including managing schedules and shifts for the other dog nannies. Prior professional experience working with dogs would be hugely advantageous, but no formal qualification is required.

Loyalty and confidentiality are key, so prior private household experience would be beneficial, though not it’s not essential. The role is open to candidates already based in Zurich, but international applicants will also be considered and can be provided with subsidized private accommodation or near to the principal’s property. Regular travel throughout Europe will also be required (travel & accommodation costs covered), so all applicants must hold a valid EU passport to allow for easy travel, and relocation if required. A driver is required for this role.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
• Walking the dogs
• Preparation and serving of dog meals according to schedule
• Administering medication according to instructions and schedule
• Cleaning and grooming dogs; cleaning of the dog area
• Caring for dogs after medical treatment
• Assistance and support in physiotherapy
• Organisation and taking care of all dog utensils, general supplies and foods, including managing inventories and placing orders
• Managing work schedules for the dog nanny team, ensuring that there is always efficient care for the dogs
• Reporting directly to the principal and keeping them informed of any important information
• Being on-call for any emergencies; dealing calmly and efficiently with any issues that may arise
• Travelling with the principal and the dogs throughout Europe and occasionally to the UK

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:
• Experience in dealing with multiple dogs at any one time
• Flexibility (working evenings and weekends)
• Team-oriented personality and good people management skills
• Managing work schedules
• Willingness to travel within Europe and the UK
• Loving and gentle handling of dogs
• Calm, professional and reserved
• Highly organised, responsible, and reliable
• Fluency in English (German language skills are an advantage, but not necessary)
• Ability to understand and respond to the needs of the dogs
• Profound understanding of privacy and confidentiality; exceptionally discreet
• Experience in dog grooming would be welcome but is not essential
• Confident and safe driver
• Excellent checkable references

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