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Hi, my name is Kensington Kittens
I am a Male / Female Domestic.

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Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 22 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is MISSING - Dre
I am a Male Staffie. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Monday, Oct 20 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Rita
I am a Female - spayed German Shepherd. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 28 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
GEOFFREY
1 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I am one super duper sexy boy! I am so pretty, and yet strong and ready for anything! I have the softest fur, but its not too long, so I am super easy to keep clean. I am currently living alone, because my roomie was adopted (was so happy for her!), but I don’t mind either way, as I am not one of those deep sulky types… just an open book I am. I lived on the streets for a while, it was ok, I got fed by some kind people, but as I didn’t really have one owner, it was not safe for me to carry on like that – you know how dangerous the streets are these days… and so I ended up here at DogTown and get luxury accomodation while I wait for my new digs… which I know are coming soon… I can just feel it. Come and see me sometime, I will always make you welcome and show you how special I am.
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CHANCE
2 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Aug 04 2014
Hi there. I am sure you know many of these quotes and sayings - “Chance in a million”; “Take a chance”; “Chance of a lifetime”; “You’ll never know if you don’t take a chance”; well my name is Chance and I can relate to these sayings and be thankful that a very unique 5 star hotel called DogtownSA took a “Chance” on me. My name is Chance and I was found on a dumpster after being involved in a very bad fight and left by some really nasty humans. But have no fear there are some wonderful peeps still out there and one such person saw my plight and rescued me. I was taken to a vet for help where I had many stitches and lots of medication to put me back together again. My lucky stars were really there for me as this peep contacted the DogtownSA family and they make a special plan to take of me. Even though I was still very scared and uncertain of what my outcome could be I put on my brave face (stitches and all) and kept telling myself that I would be okay and I would be safe. Well guys, I was right. Quickly I found out that my fears were totally unfounded as my new family took me in and treated me better that I had ever imagined was possible. I have awesome carers who look after me and spoil me daily with yummy food and chews as well as peanut butter hooves and furry ice lollies to lick during the day. I also get lots of visits from my carers and volunteers who sit with me, chat to me and I get so excited and roll over and entice them into giving me tummy rubs which I loooovvve so much. I cannot tell you just how happy it makes me feel cos I know they are very busy, but I try and get them to stay as long as possible giving them many thank you kisses in return. One of my bestest treats is going out on regular walks with my carer and I wear a comfortable harness and lead. Whilst we are out I have been shown how to do various obedience exercises so on the way we stop and do these I get lots of special yummy treats and cuddles. I love smelling all the many scents along the way and at times get so involved that I need to get to the next one rather too quickly so pull on the lead. I am learning that this is not the most appropriate behavior but with the special training I am receiving from my gentle carer I am slowing down my pace and learning to walk more calmly at my carer’s side. I also get many days when we go to the large play area where I can run around without my lead, play and let off steam until I am really exhausted. So all you awesome peeps out there if you are a family who would like to adopt me and “take a Chance on me” cos as they say in life “One chance is all you need” I will make you so very proud and be your forever special furkid and lavish all my love and affection on you every single minute of every single day.
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THOR
3 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Oct 31 2014
Hi there – my name is Thor. I may not be quite as impressive as the brawny Greek thunder god Thor but I am definitely a loyal and honorable warrior. My courage and sense of duty are unshakeable and even though you may not think so at the moment – my physical strength is returning with the amazing help of this incredible residence I have come to live at called DogtownSA. My journey was been somewhat bumpy and very unpredictable. I was picked up on the road near Pelindaba by two pretty awesome guys. At the time I was extremely hungry, dehydrated and scared. I had bad skin problems which made me very uncomfortable and as I really am quite an awe-inspiring warrior felt extremely embarrassed at my brawny appearance. But I have to tell you guys out there that this “place” has such caring and friendly peeps. Even at my age I am getting so spoilt. It is a whole new experience for me and the love and attention that I receive is simply awesome. Due to my old injuries and slightly wonky structure and a tummy that is still getting used to having such great food daily, I have ointment rubbed on my raggerty ears and tail and every 3 days a lovely bath. Now if that isn’t just how a warrior should be treated then I don’t know. I think these DogtownSA peeps knew more about me than I thought was possible cos I am just getting stronger every day. I even have a special “hounder” that I lie on and can roll around and scratch my back. I love kicking my legs in the air and making lots of noise without anybody complaining. In fact I hear my special peeps laughing and encouraging me to make more noises. My carer makes sure I am warm and comfortable and often stays and sits with me giving me many cuddles and kisses and then we snuggle up together. I feel like I am the most important “oldie” furkid in the world. Although I am older I still have a lot to offer in love and friendship and my dream is to find a forever home where I can give back all my loyalty and affection.
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COOPER
4 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 14 2014
Howdie Doodie. My name is Cooper and often I hear my nickname as “Super Duper Cooper” from my carer which makes me feel very special. I am one of the “older” residents at the Shady Pines Village at DogtownSA . My journey was been somewhat bumpy and very unpredictable. I was found in Southfield in the Cape and at that time I was extremely hungry and had bad skin problems which made me very sad as I really am a handsome gent. I also had other “male” issues which I know do come with age but are rather embarrassing. I was taken to a rescue centre in the area but they had very limited space and even though they wanted to help me it was difficult for them. Then, believe it or not a new manager who had been working with rescues like me in Gauteng joined this particular centre and, with his connections suddenly I was on the move. I was put on a plane and flown all the way to Gauteng and as I emerged at the other end, I was greeted by some very kind peeps who drove me to this 5 star hotel DogtownSA. I really thought I had flown over the rainbow because I was just so wowed out by such caring and friendly peeps. Even at my age I was getting so spoilt –it was a m a z I n g! It truly was a whole new experience for me and the love and attention that I received was simply awesome. Here they took into consideration my advanced years and did not try to make me do anything that I couldn’t manage. As I started to get stronger I was even taken on short walks. I love these walks and they are not too far for me as my legs still do get a little tired but I am always allowed to dictate the pace and on my return having thoroughly enjoyed myself, I climb on my suuper duuper couch and relax. My carer makes sure I am warm and comfortable and often stays and sit with me giving me many cuddles and kisses and then we snuggle up together. I also have very smart jackets that I get to wear in this cold weather and look so handsome I could easily model for the top fashion houses and strut my stuff!!!!!!! I even have a special visitor who brought me a very smart jacket and comes to see me when she can. She lets me lie on her knee and gives me so many cuddles and kisses that I feel like I am the most important “oldie” furry in the world. I am very fortunate as well as my little dwelling is in a prime position to observe all the comings and goings at DogtownSA and as such all the carers and volunteers make a huge fuss of me as they arrive. Although I am older I still have a lot to offer in love and friendship and my dream is to find a forever home where I can give back all my loyalty and affection.
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TOTO
5 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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CHARKA
6 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 15 2014
Hi guys I wonder if you know the song – “On the road again - Just can't wait to get on the road again” The reason I am asking is because that was my theme tune. I have had a rather unsettling and precarious start in my furry life which saw me on the road for some eight months where I really had to live off my wits and take shelter in some of the most uncomfortable places and at times have a very empty tummy, which made me miserable. Then the “road I was on” took a turn that would change my situation forever. Amazing people from a special place called DogtownSA were trying to coax me to come to them and after seeing them on numerous occasions sitting near to my hideways, leaving tasty food yet not attempting to upset me in any way, I finally relented and allowed them to take me into their care and back into a safe secure lifestyle. Not in my wildest dreams did I realize what a wonderful decision this would turn out to be. I suddenly had a place to sleep and was given such tasty food and allowed to settle in at my own pace. Then after an initial period at this 5 star hotel I was introduced to a lovely young furkid called Penny and now we spend most of our days playing and romping around together. She has helped me in many ways showing me all the little things I need to know and how to learn to trust and accept all the super carers and volunteers that come to see us so often. I didn’t realize just how caring peeps could be. One of the bestest times we have is when we get to go on many walks together with our carers and volunteers. We wear comfortable leads and harnesses and are able to stop and smell all the interesting scents and shrubs en route. On the trail at certain places we stop and do sits and downs and then guess what --- get yummy treats for being so clever and responding so quickly. I bet you are jealous!!!!! Then when we get back to our little house and are feeling a wee bit tired, we take a nap and I lie down next to Penny and have forty winks in the sun whilst she lies on top of her special wooden house and also has a snooze. Life is just soooooooo cool and I know I will never go back to “the road” again. Nevertheless I do still have a dream that I would love to come true and that is to find my forever family where I can cuddle up with my own human and be a devoted best friend and companion. To make this dream perfect it would be just magic for there to be another furkid and if they don’t have one I would love to bring my furgal and together we could have many years of fun and happiness.
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CLAUDIA
7 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
I am Claudia. I am a little afraid of people, although I am slowly learning to be less and less afraid and I am starting to trust some people. I have come a long way, thanks to the help of a special volunteer at DogTown, who just sat with me for ages, and my caregiver who taught me to sit for my food. He also taught me to not be so scared to be touched all the time. I live with two roomies – Yogi and Dex. They are pretty cool and we all get along, but sometimes I need some space, so I get to be alone from time to time. I don’t mind, I usually get some cool treats or yummy dinner! I am very pretty too. I have started going to some training classes to help me a bit, and would love to start a new life with my forever family waiting out there somewhere………
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GEORGE
8 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
Hiya humans. I am George. I started out as a bit of a free spirit, kinda wandering around on my own for a bit. I never really knew my parents and had to make a lot of choices. Some where good and some not so great. I landed up quite lost, sad and hungry. One day, a rather nice lady took me home, told me I should get off the streets and make a life for myself. Boy did I get spoiled. I kind of enjoyed it, but the rehab I needed required a bit more time to myself, to ponder what it is that I want from life. I am still working through a few more things, but I am doing really well. I have some really good buddies here at the centre and I play - a LOT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE walking. I also love biccies. I am a bit fussy about my food, and i eat super slowly because I need to keep checking that I am still here and ok. I really like my human friends. I am not so sure of some of the things that humans do though - like brushing, and nail clipping. Do you know if thats safe or not? I am not sure. EVERYONE keeps telling me its fine, but you know - you cant take too many chances. My friend Patrick gets a little annoyed sometimes, he is like "Geoooooorge.......you are being sillllleeeeeee", but I just need a little more time. I am however ready to start meeting some new people who would be very patient with me, as I will repay you with lotsa love! Walking is my favourite and if people come to walk me and be my friend I will be sooooooo happy. See you soon! (Im the prettiest boy on the block!)
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BEAUTY
9 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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MICAH
10 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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LADY
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
“Well I’m all you'd ever want, I’m the kind you'd like to flaunt and take to dinner. Well I have a gorgeous face. I got style, I got grace, I’m a winner. My name is Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, call me Lady! Shake and rattle and roll Barking Madders, Lady here to brighten up your day. Any day now, my forever family is gonna fall in love with me but till that day I’ll keep shaking things up with my BFF Zeus and decoding these ‘brain’ toys for the DogtownSA peeps (they keep thinking they,’ll outfox me… as if!)” Lady is really is the best of worlds, beauty and brains! She holds the title of reigning Brain of DogtownSA: she is the only dog that cracked our tricky Dog Casino brain toy with her casual feminine finesse. Lady would be a playful addition to a furry family, and she’s hoping you’ll make the smart choice to take her home and love her forever ? Please check out her video on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4dLmeKVk2M
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JoJo
12 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
Jojo came up from the coast from an environment of physical abuse which often seems to be the order of the day. This was evident by the number of scares and wounds found all over her body when she arrived at DogtownSA. In spite of all this Jojo still managed to portray a personality of exuberance and zest for life. Her infectious wiggling and excitement when one enters her run is both contagious and enjoyable for handlers and volunteers who come to play with her and take her out on her walks. She loves to be brushed and cuddled while lazing on her couch and will snuggle into whoever is willing to give her the chance to show her affection. While out on walks she takes full advantage of all the exciting smells and sights and constantly reminds the walker that for this short time she is out walking she is the focal point and expects their full attention. This is achieved by her uncanny ability to become “a tug boat” and pull the walker around the trail at a pace suited only to Jojo. She is however learning that this is not a recognized DogtownSA behavior and will slow down when given the appropriate correction and tasty reward. Due to Jojo’s past before coming to DogtownSA she would prefer a forever environment where she is the only furkid and can receive all the attention that she deserves.
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Hanni
13 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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MARY-KATE
14 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 16 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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CHANNING
15 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
My name is Channing, my sister Jenna and I were next to the roadside waiting to be sold by some very unscrupulous people but lucky for us both, we were rescued in the nick of time and brought to DogtownSA by a really kind human. We are really lucky as we are being taken care of by very specials peeps and have regular times when we go on walks together and also even go to the large play area where we run around off lead and chase balls and get to run in and out of the bushes playing hide and seek and tag. I must say though I really look forward to my own times when I go out with my carer. I just loooove running and doing back flips, although,I get a little confused at times as my carer gives me lots of yummy treats if I keep my white wiggly bum on the ground instead. I have heard it said that learning to be a grown-up furkid like me is puzzling at times but my carer is sooooo kind and patient that I try my bestest to do the right obedience exercises for her. I know if you tasted her treats you would do the same cos they are d e l i c i o u s. I so look forward to my carer and the volunteers visiting, especially when they give me soothing back rubs but I just wish they could stay forever. Another favourite is when I get to play something my carer calls ‘brain games’. You see, I’m honestly learning fast and (I don’t want to brag) but I think I am getting to be a rather clever furkid!!! My fur-friends here tell me that there is a forever family out there with the biggest hearts ever and I hope very soon I will meet them as I would so love to be able to continue learning and training with them and make them very proud of taking me into their forever home.
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Oct 31 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, Riley is a gorgeous collie x boy who is desperate for a loving forever home. He came into the vet as a stray two weeks ago & no one has claimed him. He is good with other dogs & really loves human companionship. He will be neutered, vaccinated, dewormed & chipped before homing. Home checks & adoption fee apply.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Friday, Oct 17 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, Orange Grove (Gauteng) Lost on Oct 16, 2014 Please can everyone keep a lookout in the Orange Grove / linksfield / Norwood area for a male black and white fox terrier. He was knocked over this afternoon with his friend who did not survive. He is injured and has been seen running in the area but we have been looking for 4 hours and cannot find him. We are devastated and would really appreciate it if people could keep a look out, Thanks so much 082-664-6960
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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 - leo learns to sit
Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 28 2013
Dog Town

Leo learns to sit

 

Puppy class at DogtownSA is always fun. The eager enthusiasm of puppies to learn is an absolute pleasure to train. Under the able guidance of puppy trainer extraordinaire James, our clever puppies at DogtownSA learned to sit on command in just a few short lessons.

 

If only all things in life were learned so easily. Meet Leo, he is our big teddy bear in the rehab section of DogtownSA. Leo is ever patient with the moods of his lady friend Micah and is always ready to brighten your day with a wagging tail and smile. Leo however was confounded by the idea of sitting on command. No matter how we tried to teach him (bribery is perhaps a more fitting term, we used all kinds of yummy treats), Leo failed to comprehend the concept of sitting for a treat and his bottom remained very firmly up in the air, tail wagging in blissful ignorance.

 

Our inability to concede defeat is a recurrent theme at DogtownSA. So each day we continued our attempts to teach Leo to sit. Each day, Micah (Leo’s lady friend) happily sat for her biscuit and Leo continued tail wagging, oblivious to our educational aspirations. One blustery winter morning however, things changed. After finishing his breakfast, Leo suddenly sat in front of me. Gobsmacked I froze for a second, luckily I had a biscuit handy to reward Leo. I pushed my luck a little further, and tried to lure Leo into a sit a second time. You could almost see the cogs in his brain turning as he stared up at the biscuit in my hand; and to my amazement, he sat down in front me again.

 

Leo is now besotted with his newly acquired skill and eagerly follows you around to show off his perfect sit.  Leo is testament to the reward of patience and consistency. He reminds us that while some things in life may take a little longer to learn, it is never too late to learn and grow.

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FUNDRAISING - TEARS - Howl-O-Ween for Hounds - 1/11
Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 15 2014
Dog Town
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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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SMS DOG to 38919
Event Details
Last updated on Friday, Mar 15 2013
SMS DOG to 38919
By sending an sms you help us take care of a rescue dog for a day. Not bad for just R10. If each of our South African supporters could SMS DOG to 38919 once a month our monthly bills would be covered :) Please share and ask all you friends to help us take care of our beautiful doggies :)
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Hi, my name is CLAUDIA
I am a Female - spayed 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
JUMPING UP
The best way to stop puppy jumping is to simply ignore him when he does.  Turn your back to him fold your arms and stand still until he has fours paws on the ground. Then quickly get down to his level and give him lots of praise and rewards if he jumps up again, stand up and turn away until he stops jumping, and repeat. We are rewarding the desired behaviour and ignoring the bad behaviour. We also need to make sure that all people who come into contact with pup know this is what is to be done when pup jumps otherwise some unsuspecting visitor could unknowingly be undoing all your hard work by patting the dog or telling him to get off, both of these are rewarding the dog as he is getting the attention he seeks

The following exercises are also very effective for the jumping dog:
Put your puppy on a lead and tie the end securely to a doorknob.  
Make sure you have yummy treats with you and from a short distance move towards the puppy with excitement.  As soon as he jumps up, stop moving towards him and take a step backwards away from the pup.  As soon as he stops jumping move towards him again. Continue this approach until you can get all the way to the pup and give him a cuddle without jumping lots of praise and rewards from that position, moving back again if he jumps up in excitement.   
You could also do this exercise but you are the door know and you have another person approach the dog, as above once the person gets all the way to your dog without him jumping give him lots of praise and rewards.
This method will also teach him how to greet people, and to pay attention to you rather than them.
If you can catch your dog before he is about to launch himself off the ground give him something else to do like sit. But only if it’s before his paws have left the floor.
Happy Training.

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