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Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 1 or 2 (couples pref
Category: Other
Host ID: 12987
Country: Switzerland

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Last Updated: June 29, 2020

I'm looking for a helpxer (preferably two or a couple) for min. 1 week/max. 2 weeks in late fall (end of october, beginning of november) to help with autumn CLEANING and GARDEN WORK.

Please note that I don't accept helpxers with dogs, sorry.

I run a dog hotel (for up to 12 4-legged guests at the maximum) in malters, a small town near the beautiful lakeside city of lucerne. The dogs aren't kept in kennels as in most dog boarding centers, but rather share my everyday life in my house and on the grounds (1.5 ha = 3.7 acres), which includes a daily, approx. 3-hour long excursion with the whole pack. Besides that, I run a dog school on the same grounds, teaching natural dogmanship. I have 1 dog of my own and 2 cats.

I am looking for a cheerful person that enjoys lending a hand. Max. stay is 2 weeks, min. 1 week.
Although my helpxer(s) won't do any work in connection with the dogs, they MUST like them because there will always be a few wagging around.
It's important that you understand that the dogs are in structured training and are not to be paid attention to by you or to be petted!

4-5 hours of work are expected daily, either while I'm out with my pack or in my company (because work is much more fun together!). My previous helpxers have very much enjoyed working a whole day and having the next one off completely, especially if the weather fitted.

I won't be able to accompany my helpxer(s) during his / their free time because I'm tied down by the dogs practically 24 hours a day...
(This is also why 2 helpxers to keep each other company might be a good idea!)

The helpxer(s) must be insured!

Due to my business and my own dog, I can't travel much :o(
I miss contact with different cultures, nationalities, and mentalities and hope to find it in exchange with helpxers.
I would welcome native cooking very much if the fact that I'm a vegetarian is considered!!! Of course a "meat eater" would be allowed to cook & eat meat, as long as I'm not obliged to do so as well!!!

Besides friendly hospitality and accommodation in a spacious room with access to a bathroom, vegetarian meals will be supplied in return. based on the helpx philosophy, please don't expect to be paid a salary.

I speak german and english fluently and french a bit and would prefer my helpxer to speak one of those languages.

Smoking is allowed only outside.
Only moderate drinking habits are tolerated.

It would be best if you had a car of your own.
The next bus stop is 3km away from my house and it's another 3 km to the train station. If you're not keen on walking you can use my bicycle, if you don't dread steep slopes. On and off I can take you with me in the car, but I only have one passenger seat...

Please have a look at my website ( and take a moment to view the photos below:
1. the house
2. a view of the grounds from the house
3. a view of the house from the adjacent river
4. bentley (my male cat)
5. tuala (my female dog)
6. nike (my male cat)

I look forward to reading from you :o)

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