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WANT TO ADOPT ME?
Hi, my name is Tara
I am a Female Mixed Breed.

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Last updated on Friday, Aug 29 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Tygervalley Boy
I am a Male Staffie. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Thursday, Aug 14 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Daisy
I am a Female - spayed Border Collie. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 27 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
BEAUTY
1 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 28 2014
Hello my name is Beauty. I was first brought to Hotel Dogtown when my original owners couldn’t keep me anymore, which was very sad but I am now back my old happy self here at Hotel Dogtown. At first I had a bit of a naughty streak, I would purposely pull my blankets out of my bed so when they came to feed me they would have to put all my blankets back in, that’s when I would make my great escape and cause complete chaos. I knew just how to open the gate and I would run up and down with a caregiver on my tail while I said wassup to all the other dogs close by. I dont do that anymore, poor caregivers couldnt keep up, hehehe :) Everyday I go for walks and when feeding time came round I get my yummy meal in these really funny spinning things that I have to figure out just to find the food, whats up with that? I have also started learning some sits and downs (which I must say are actually quite easy but I pretend to struggle just so they stay and feed my treats for longer). So it’s been fun talking to you but its time for me to go back to being a dog at Dogtown and I ill speak to you soon, this is Beauty signing out.
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ATHENA
2 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 08 2014
I am still a young lady, and have my figure, no wrinkles and lots of pizzazz! I am a little bit dizzy sometimes, because I find life really, really exciting! I am always excited about things – a real “live in the now” kinda gal! I have a great roomie and we get along quite well. I have learnt to go into my crate – I am just so super clever! I like walking, playing and experiencing anything new – its how roll! I would love to be an Olympic athlete, doing agility, or long distance hikes – right up my alley. I am a low maintenance girl too, a quick brush down is all I need. Oh, and some biscuits!
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STEVE
3 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 17 2014
Hiya. My name is Stevie. Even though I do not have the musical skills of Stevie Wonder I can sit on your lap or snuggle up next to you and tell you lots of stories. You see I am a senior bull terrier who lives in the Shady Pines Village at Hotel DogtownSA. I was left outside a complex and hid under the water meter because I was very scared and very hot and this was the only bit of shade I could find. A kind lady saw me and left me a bowl of water and food and luckily for me, she made a call to this very special place called DogtownSA for help. Late in the afternoon two very gentle people came and encouraged me to get in their vehicle and together we travelled to this hotel. I was very nervous at first as I had no idea what was going to happen to me. But, very quickly, and with the encouragement of these gentle people, I realized that I was very lucky to have come to this place. I have been given a comfortable “bed” called a “crate bed” which is left in my Wendy house. Each day I can lie in my crate with the door open and look out over the whole Town. I unfortunately have a number of medical issues which are common in us old “furries” but my caregiver and the hotel staff takes special care of my needs and make sure that I receive regular check-ups from a very extraordinary doggy doctor. I love going on my regular walks but when it is warm I do like to take my time and have the occasional break under a shady tree and then if I give my carer my special look, guess what, I get extra treats and cuddles. If you too have time to spend sitting and watching the world go by a little more slowly, I would be more than happy to be at your side as your loyal forever companion.
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MICAH
4 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
“I feel pretty, oh so pretty. I feel pretty and witty and bright. And I pity any girl that isn’t me tonight! Micah’s my name and aren’t I just oh so pretty *blush*. After being abandoned, I’m finally living it up here at Hotel DogtownSA with my boo Leo. Room service, personal trainers and gourmet treats, the only way life could get any better was if my forever family finally found me and whisked away to that fairytale land called home sweet home.” Micah is our bouncy beautiful little Miss Sunshine: shy at first but of oh-so-loving once she gets to know you. This little Miss isn’t crazy about other dogs outshining her, though she does have a soft spot for strong handsome four-legged men that take a backseat and indulge her whims and fancies. While her DogtownSA family loves her to bits, Micah fantasizes about a forever family of her own to fawn and fuss over her everyday of the week. Could you make pretty Miss Micah’s dreams come true?
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MARY-KATE
5 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 28 2014
Hello everyone. My name is Mary-Kate. The people here call me MK :) I am a little shy sometimes, but once I love you, I LOVE YOU! I love to play with my sister and follow a lot of what she does, she helps me learn new things. Once I settle down for a cuddle, I love tummy tickles and stroking, brushing and all the nice things that people can do for me. I am a very special edition – being pure white AND wire haired, I have a super hairstyle! I am really a very special girl, so I am told. I enjoy chilling in the sunshine and I also enjoy chasing lizards, birds, hadedas and – well anything that I can find. I am not really that worried about other dogs, as I let my sister take care of them for me, while I go off and refine my skills as a stealthy stalker. This is after all what we were bred to do! I sometimes forget what I am doing and chase my tail for a bit, but I am getting much more relaxed now that I am living with the amazing people here, who are so good at reminding me not to do that kind of thing.
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TOTO
6 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 10 2014
Hi my name is TOTO - I am named after a band for their Song about rains in Africa. I like that idea, because my name really suits my cool camouflage coat. I am SO gorgeous, as I keep getting told. Whatever that means. I am super bright too, so my trainer says. She laughed at me so much because I have a great sense of humour and when I do something I do it with all my heart. I am really lovable, I adore being with people - all people, even children. I love being brushed,it makes me feel sooooooo good. I enjoy the odd bone, or chew, and really love my meal times. I am actually a very relaxed girl, you can even take my bowl away while I am eating and I dont mind. I remember to sit,and wait politely. I kind of like cats, but I also want to play with them, so I think that maybe soft toys are better for me - my trainer says I am allowed to play with those. I am a great looking gal, and very kind, I know a lot of tricks, and I am clicker trained, so I can learn all sorts of things! I would love to have a special family to look after.
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Hanni
7 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, May 28 2014
“Hanni the Bumble-bee Jackson here, parking off with my peeps at DogtownSA: family, a fast car and the open road, now that’s the life! You guys keen on a little Tracy Chapman? I just dig this tune when I’m cruising: So remember when we were driving driving in your car. Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk. City lights lay out before us. And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder. And I had a feeling that I belonged. I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone. You got a fast car? “ Boys will be boys, and this fit fella sure does love his toys: fast cars, rope toys and rubber chewies and he’s sorted! Hanni is really a big ol softie and still a learner driver at DogtownSA. He’s not quite ready to hit the road out to his forever family just yet. While his DogtownSA family teaches Hanni the finer points of navigating through life, he sure would love it if you could pop some bob into his petrolhead fund (there is just no such thing as too many roadtrips or too many rope toys) With some luck and plenty of DogtownSA love and support Hanni hopes find a family and fast car to call his own someday soon.
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WIDGET
8 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 12 2014
Widget is the name and even though I'm no spring chicken I am still a puppy at heart. When I was rescued I met my new best friend Bobbie girl, she's a bit of a nervous girl so I make sure I look after her :) I'm that kind of guy. I enjoy a good meal so I have to watch the waistline just like my lady Bobbie he he so we are both presently on diets and a stringent work out plan. We went from rags to riches coming to this Dogtown hotel so it's took us a longtime to understand there will be another meal coming along. So we are finally starting to actually enjoy our meals and treats :) If you come and visit me at the centre you just need a bit of patience with my lady but she comes around once she sees I'm getting love and treats. I don't mean to be cheeky but don't arrive for a visit empty handed he he :) Bobby and Widget have become firm friends and they both have the sweetest, most gentle natures. We would love them to get a home together
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GRACIE
9 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
Girl’s just wanna have fun and our Gracie girl is no exception. This shy girl just needs a little time to break the ice and then she’s the life of the party. Gracie and her roomie Bobby-the-kid always have their paws busy with a little bit of fun and mischief here at DogtownSA. Gracie knows that any day now a family with taste for fun will find her and the rest of her days will be one pawsome party. You ready to get the party started with our gorgeous Gracie? <3 * Unable to adopt Gracie? Then please show your love and support by SMS’ing DOG to 38919. Your donation will go towards caring for the dogs of Barking Mad’s DogtownSA. SMS costs R10, SA networks.
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CHARLIE BROWN
10 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I grew up on a super farm with my mom, dad and two brothers! We all had so much fun… and I used to go and play with the dogs next door too… I am a really friendly furry! My humans couldn’t keep me because we had some differing ideas on how to manage the chickens and geese on the farm. I liked to chase them and bite them. My mom didn’t want to make fences on the farm and so she sent me to DogTown to find a new home without chickens… geese… ducks… or anything like that. Its not my fault, I am not a bad chap, and love dogs, children and even kittens and cats! I used to play with the kittens on the farm… I miss them quite a lot… but I love life! I really am a positive guy … if I could, I would have my own motivational speaking company and make all the dogs with low self images feel better about themselves! Everyone tells me how special I am and I like to have a bit of a kind chat to my neighbour Rusty… we like each other. I love bones… they make me happy. So do hooves. So does food… and of course walkies, lovies and just life. I am really a very special boy with SO MUCH love to give and I always have a huge smile on my face. Do you have space in your life for a happy go-lucky fella like me?
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JOCK
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
“Good day old chaps Lord Jock of Dogtown here, pleased to make your acquaintance. No barbaric bundu-bashing for me I’m afraid. The wild wonders of the world are far too dangerous for folly. Perhaps I could interest you in joining me on long leisurely walks, fine food and a lifetime of loyalty and companionship. Those are the true ingredients of adventure.” Our Lord Jock doesn’t dream of wild adventures on the untamed African savannah; after a life scavenging for scraps he’s decided he’s seen enough quite enough of the wild wonders of the world. Like many that have seen the harsh side of life, Jock can be slow to trust new four-legged and human friends, but once a friend always a friend is Jock’s motto. Jock is looking to live the quiet life away from the hype of young children and kitty cats. All he needs now is the special family to love him forever. Could that be you?
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BOLT
12 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 09 2014
Howdy doody my name is Bolt and I would love to find a forever home where I can show off my incredible skills with a ball and we could all play lots of games together. I just love games where I can dribble my ball and then I throw it up in the air and catch it again. But it would be much more fun to have a family to play with me and show me even more tricks to play. I joined the DogtownSA family after being left by my owner who rented a property and moved without taking me with them. There were a number of tenants who came and went but luckily a Good Samaritan saw me living in the courtyard with my Pizza box for warmth and brought me to a loving place called DogtownSA. I must say, initially I was rather wary even suspicious of all the attention I received but my pizza box came with me to keep me company and I very soon I learnt that the human affection was sooooo cool and I loved being cuddled and played with. I also had great tasting food so regularly – I couldn’t believe my luck. I have a huge amount of energy, in fact I have heard my name compared to a Pocket Rocket but you know, when you are such a sporty little fellow like me you need energy cos there are just so many games to play and things to do. I also have a little skip and jump when I run which gives me the edge if I am on your team to catch the ball. I recently had to have an eye removed but my DogtownSA family were so good to me and helped me immediately they saw there was a problem. I was taken to a very special eye hospital to see if they could save my eye but this was not to be. Still, I consider myself extremely lucky cos I just have suuper duuper vision in my one eye and I think that is why I am so good at keeping “my eye in on the ball”!!!! My dream would be to find my forever family who may also have a lady furkid who is pretty easy going, like my current fur-lady who helps to keep me under control when I start getting a little too excited. She is very clever really, even though I won’t tell her, cos when I am getting too “silly” she gives me a look and I know I am pushing my luck. Her name is Princess and “for a girl” she is pretty good at playing games with me. Maybe, if you don’t have a fur-lady she could come too and we would bring you and your family lots of fun and happiness.
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LENNOX
13 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 06 2014
Howdy Doo - I’m a newbie on the block at this very special 5 star hotel called DogtownSA and am a bit of a cool fur-dude. My name is Lennox and I live in a very special little house with a veranda where I can sit and watch all the furries go by and see all the coming and goings every day as the other furries go on their walks. But I think I am extra lucky as I have the best view of people when they first come to visit and when I see them coming down my street I put on my Mister Cool face and wag my little tail inviting them to come by and say hello. When I first arrived I was rather shy of new humans but I have such great carers at this hotel that I really do enjoy all the attention I am getting and understand that humans are great peeps. One of the best things is that they all come by and give me lots of their yummy treats and biscuits that are in their bags. My favourite part of the day is going out on my walks with my carers and at first I was a little unsure of the harness that I wear but after the first time I realized it was so cool and I looked very handsome and can honestly say I love every walk I have. I get very excited when I see my carer or a volunteer coming towards my “pad” with the harness and know we are going out. I try very hard to behave properly as well when my carer puts on the lead cos I know it is not good to pull and with the yummy treats that she gives me it is very easy to be a “good furry”. When we go out we also stop on the way and do exercises and I get ever more treats and cuddles which is just the bestest thing ever. I really do enjoy learning new things and my carer also gives me fancy toys that have food inside and I am getting quicker at working out how to get the yummy food out. I am really much happier than I have ever been at this special “town” but I do have a forever dream that I would love to be able to continue learning and training with my own forever family and make you very proud of taking me into your home and lavish all my love and attention on you forever.
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SCARLETT
14 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, May 20 2014
Nothing like a little karaoke to get everyone in the mood, everyone sing along now (Don’t be shy you know how it goes :) Scarlett you light up our world like nobody else They way that you skip and hop makes us smile and cheer But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell, You don't know, oh, oh, You don't know you're beautiful, If only you saw what we can see, You'd understand why we love you desperately, Right now we’re looking at you and we can't believe, You don't know,oh, oh. You don't know you're beautiful We can’t get enough of telling our demure Scarlett how awesome she is (though Scarlett has commented that we shouldn’t quit our day jobs and leave the crooning to lads of One Direction, cheeky bum). While Scarlett takes a little while to warm up to new humans and four legged friends, beneath her coy exterior is a playful soul that loves to cuddle. While we all keep singing Scarlett’s praises here at DogtownSA we hope somewhere out there is a patient furry friend and a warm human lap looking for the perfect lady to share in new life of cuddles, kisses and companionship. Could that be with you?
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ZACK
15 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
I am Zack. I am. I am also MUCH bigger than I look. Its just a trick of the light. You THINK I am small, but really I am huge. I have no idea why I am always looking at paws and shoes. I think that maybe I need special glasses or something. Plus I have enormous teeth. But I like eating the smallest doggie cubes....I dont get it. I LOVE my treats and really adore some people too. Some I feel just dont deserve my trust. Pfffft. Thats me. But I am learning a little bit every day. Some days I learn really fast. I call those "polony days", cos thats when my trainer sings the Polony song to me and I try hardest on those days. Mostly to stop her singing. But dont tell her that please. Someone hurt me once and I never forgot, so I feel really, really bad when I hurt people and so I try not too. I want to be patted SO MUCH, but sometimes I get a little afraid and the decide I really dont want to be patted after all. Then I change my mind and want it again. I am working on trying to be ok with this. I get along well with my room mates, Pat and George. I think they know that I am bigger than them or something. I am really looking for my special soul mate.......
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Monday, Sep 01 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, We are looking for a home for a cross bred female that my wife found 4.5 years ago. The dog is now about 5.5 years to 6 years old. Please see attached picture of Montana. Montana appears to have been badly treated as a puppy but is excellent with people. We have another dog, a male Labrador that seems to have become totally smothered and frustrated by Montana. The two dogs recently had a huge fight and thus we are no longer able to maintain the two dogs together.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Monday, Sep 01 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, 29th August Sandowns, Sandton - near Froome and Dennis Road. Elderly male long wired Jack Russel. Very friendly. Please contact Mandy 083 520 4055 if you know who he belongs to.
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URGENT APPEAL - Fallen Angels Adoption Days - ongoing
Last updated on Tuesday, Aug 05 2014
Dog Town
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BARKING NEWS - training trail
Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 28 2013
Dog Town

Training Trail

 DogtownSA has recently set up a Training Trail for all the special fur kids to learn how to be clever and  well -behaved.

The concept behind the trail is to teach the dogs some basic manners while the staff and  volunteers are giving  them their daily walks.   There are six basic stations where the handler will stop with their dogs,  read the instructions on the sign posts and then, using lots of treats like pieces of polony or Vienna sausages, teach the fur kids  the basic commands as shown on the posts. 

Level 3 volunteers are taught during their workshop how to implement these exercises and other pertinent  skills such as how to teach the dog not to pull whilst out walking.   These skills can also be used by the volunteers whilst interacting with their own dogs.

Apart from creating a more well mannered dog the interaction with the handler stimulates the dog and helps him/her to become more socialized and confident.

The first dog to officially go on the walking trail was one of our little puppies called Mary and she astonished us all at the speed at which she learnt how to execute all the basic instructions.   She also displayed a remarkable tenacity to try and hoodwink the handler into giving her an extra treat or two!!!

What also spurs the” littlies” on is that the handlers get so excited when they perform their  tasks so well  that they get even more treats and cuddles and as we all know – the more we all show just how much we love our dogs the more they want to please us.

Good manners makes the dogs more adoptable and the learning is fun for both the handler and the dogs.

The walking trail is a good mechanism to teach the dogs as they are learning basic manners without being in  a formal training class and it is hoped that the number of “task stations” can be increased in the near future, to include more advanced exercises.

 

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FUNDRAISING - DARG Appeal - 22/9
Last updated on Friday, Aug 22 2014
Dog Town

As you may have already heard, DARG is facing the devastating threat of closure due to lack of monthly funding. In order to help raise the much needed finances so we can continue to rescue and care for abused and neglected domestic animals, we’re running a R50 Pledge Campaign.

Our goal is to get 2000 people to pledge R50 a month to keep DARG open!

WOULD YOU AND YOUR ADOPTED FUR KIDS BE WILLING TO TAKE THE R50 PLEDGE?

We know you’ve supported us before, and that’s why we’re asking for your help. You know better than anyone the value of a rescue dog or cat and how he or she can change your life.

THERE ARE 3 WAYS YOU CAN DONATE

 

1.       Debit order form

I’ve attached the form which you can fill out and email back to me, or even drop off at DARG.

 

2.       Via Payfast

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/darg 

 

3.       Bank transfer

TRUST ACCOUNT (Set up by the current facilitator) 
DARG
FNB: 62471702897

Branch Code: 201409
Reference: your telephone number/ or email address

 

Please help us stay open?

Love the dogs, cats and humans from DARG

???

 

PS: If you’d like more information on the current status of DARG please don’t hesitate to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DARG.org.za?fref=ts or call the Office on 021 790 0383. 

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EXPOSED - SCAM TEACUP
Last updated on Wednesday, Nov 04 2009
NEW SCAM - BE ALERT!!!
Please can you put on your web site the current scam on teacup terriers, they say that they have moved to Botswana and just need the airfare to ship the puppy over. Once you have dep the money, they need more money for quarantine, This is big, I lost R3000.00, and found another three operators on gum tree, all basically saying the same thing.

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EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
 
Featured Event:
Saints Charity shop
Event Details
Last updated on Monday, Mar 18 2013

Remember to pop on down to the SAINTS charity shop with any of your good quality 2nd hand stuff and help us raise much needed funds. Also a great place to shop for some awesome gifts at fantastic prices.
The type of items in demand are good quality 2nd hand clothing and shoes, household goods (linen, towels, plates, decor items) working pc’s, radios, TV’s, 2nd hand cell phones etc..

And DVD'S they are currently the best sellers so if you have dvds in your cupboards gathering dust, get them on down to the shop :)

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SPONSOR A PET
Hi, my name is ARCHER
I am a Male - neutered Terrier Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
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PET TIP
HOUSE TRAINING
Right from the beginning don’t let the puppy make mistakes, just one mistake is the beginning of a habit forming and it also scent marks the area and no matter what cleaning methods you use, the dog will always be drawn the that area again (Ian Dunbar)
House soiling is an example of a natural behaviour just happening in the wrong place.
Once again here we want to reward the good behaviour and ignore the bad behaviour. So when pup is out in the garden and relieves himself in his designated area we want to be there with yummy treats to reward him for doing such a good job. He will start to learn that when I go to the toilet at this spot I get treats, I must come back here why would I waste going to the toilet inside then I don’t get treats. Plus puppy has also marked his scent on this spot so it will naturally draw him to this spot. Offer graduated rewards for closeness to his designated area. If puppy just runs outside and relieves himself give him a small treat, as he relieves closer to the ideal spot up the amount of treats so in essence we are marking the spot where we would ideally like him to  relieve himself and as he realises that the closer to the spot he is the more treats he gets it only makes sense for him to get as close to the spot as possible. Never understate rewards for eliminating in the right place.
Timing is the most effective tool when house training, it relies a lot on your ability to recognise when your pup needs to relieve himself. Then you can direct your puppy to the correct spot and the rewards can begin. Short term confinement allows us to to be  more accurate in our prediction. When our puppy is confined to a small area he is temporarily (+- 90 mins) inhibited from relieving himself as he wouldn’t want to mess in his sleeping area this will generally make the puppy want to go and relieve himself immediately once he has been released from his confined area. When home keep puppy on leash or in his confinement area. EVERY hour release your puppy and guide him outside to go and relieve himself to his designated area, in the beginning you can keep him on leash while you guide him to his spot while giving the command “outside” just get there quickly as the poor little guy will probably be bursting to go and also the quicker we move the less likely he will stop and have a sniff at the wrong spot. Once you reach the spot give your dog a command “Go pee” give your pup +- 3minutes to relieve himself. Once puppy has relieved himself in the right spot HUGE rewards are due, Good boy, cuddle and treats and play, our pup needs to feel like he just won the gold medal at the Olympics that’s how good his performance just was.
If puppy does not relieve himself, don’t worry just take him back inside to his confined area for another hour and try again 1 hour later eventually puppy will relive himself and he will get his HUGE reward and puppy will quickly learn the pattern “outside” “go pee” HUGE reward and a good habit will form. Now your puppy will want relive himself when and where you want. We must remember that puppies are not 100% reliable until they are 6 months old but as long as we set them up for success and reward the appropriate behaviour a simple “outside” verbal command is all that is needed if we catch our little one about to eliminate in the wrong place, the tone of our voice lets our pup know he is about to make a mistake and the word “outside” gives him the instruction of where he must go. We must NEVER use physical punishment the last thing we need is for our pup to be scared to relieve himself when we are around this will just make him be more discreet on where he eliminates himself, and make house training a nightmare. Also if by chance puppy does relieve himself in the home, just clean it up, there is no way the pup will connect you shouting at him to the little puddle he made sometime during the day, he will just learn that when you get home he better go and get out of your way because you are not great person to be around. Remember we don’t want to imply to our pup that going to the toilet is a bad thing, we just need to teach him that we humans like to have designated area to go to the toilet.
REWARD good behaviour IGNORE bad behaviour.
Happy training

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