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WANT TO ADOPT ME?
Hi, my name is Bobby
I am a Male - neutered Border Collie.

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Last updated on Monday, Sep 15 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Sheeba
I am a Female - spayed Labrador. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Rosebank Baby
I am a Male Africanis. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 16 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
Nico & Apache
1 of 15
Last updated on Friday, May 02 2014
Nico I’m 12 months old as of April 2014, have a microchip so you can track me, am up-to-date with all my vaccinations and I’m neutered. I’m a very jovial character who is both friendly towards animals and humans. I like to play with my sister, enjoy the company of others, and I am quite a laid back boy with a docile nature. My favourite activity is to curl up on the couch next to my human and sleep. I am well house- and crate- trained and I attended Puppy 1 and 2 classes – I’m excellent with commands and love treats. Apache I’m 12 months old as of April 2014, have a microchip so you can track me, am up-to-date with all my vaccinations and I am spayed. I am a happy and boisterous puppy who likes people and I get on very well with my brother, Nico. I am loyal to those who love me and very affectionate to those whom I care about. I love to play with my brother, enjoy walks, and love to chew on my Zogoflex toys. I am well house- and crate- trained and I’m excellent with commands, having attended Puppy 1 and 2 classes.
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CLAUDIA
2 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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JoJo
3 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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SAMMY
4 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
“Sheriff Sammy, reporting for duty. Chuck Norris step aside, I’m the law round these parts! It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it. I’m keeping the streets of Dogtown SA safe so every dog can have their play.” Our sweet boy Sammy has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and takes a little while to trust newcomers. He is the self-appointment Sheriff of the rehab section here at DogtownSA. When he’s not out patrolling the streets of DogtownSA he’s stretching out on the couch with his lady Scarlett. Sammy still needs a DogtownSA helping hand learning to trust and accept the big world before he is ready to find his home-sweet-home, but in the meantime this lawman sure would appreciate you sponsoring his stay at DogtownSA.
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FOUND - Midrand
5 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Sep 01 2014
Please share, Found yesterday (31 August) in Midrand (Kyalami / Sun Valley area). Proof of ownership required. Contact info@barkingmad.co.za
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FLINT
6 of 15
Last updated on Sunday, Aug 24 2014
I actually prefer to be called “Flyn” as I find it ever so much more refined. I do already have SO many good notes on my portfolio that I would like to get a formal name change to suit my fantastic profile. I am black and we all know that is beautiful. I am sleek and sexy and fast and adorable too. I love lovies and am SO willing to learn that my trainer gets very excited working with me. I am super patient too and will most likely be kind to most other animals and dogs. I live with an eccentric roomie, so have loads of practice (Sigh!). I enjoy the finer things in life, like good food, late night romantic meetings, cruises……. I often sit and dream about how my life is going to be, with my forever human…..full of all the finer things in life! Are you able to provide that? If so, contact my booking agent and we can set up an interview :)
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DAISY
7 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, May 28 2014
Would you like to come home to a lively medium-sized four legged “gal” with a smile on her face from ear to ear, a body that wriggles with excitement and wagging tail that just doesn’t stop – then Daisy is for you! She would just love to be your “one and only” and will be up and ready to go with you on your early morning jog around the houses or a run in the park. Her energy and enthusiasm will get you going on the road even if you are feeling a little sluggish at first. Then, when you come home and are invigorated ready for a healthy breakfast, she will be waiting to eat hers beside you and take great delight in showing you just how clever she is when you give her “her brekkie” in one of those brain teaser food puzzles that are available for such a bright lady as our “Daisy”. She is one of DogtownSA’s most talented furkids when it comes to solving these food puzzles and will excel in showing you her skill and intelligence of deciphering these super duper dog-toys. She will wriggle and preen in front of you when she has done and be waiting for many cuddles and kisses as her reward for being such a “clever gal”. You will get lots of kisses in return and Daisy will just keep on smiling and wagging that her tail, in anticipation of your next adventure together. Daisy will flourish in a home where she is loved and cared for as an only child and in return will bring you endless days of complete happiness.
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TOM
8 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 12 2014
Well this is a little embarrassing. When my sister and I came into the centre we were inseparable, so bright sparks at the centre decided to call us Tom and Katie as we were a young happy couple. Well look how the human Tom and Katie ended. Facepalm. I'm really hoping Katie and I wont fall out of love, even though she bosses me around alot, I still love her to the moon and back. Before we came to the centre we were kind of just like ornaments in the back garden with a bit of food thrown out now and again :( Since coming to DogtownSA we know that's not how life is supposed to be but we still eat our food quickly just in case.It took us quite a while to trust and love humans but we love them sooo much now, especially when we show them our good manners because then we get treats and cuddles, whoop whoop. Ok, back to why I'm here Katie and I are looking for a pawsome family that will love us dearly and help us to learn how to live in a house with them as we have sadly NEVER lived in one or had a loving family :( Could you be the pawfect family for us, please contact adoptions@barkingmad.co.za. We really don't want this Tom and Katie to end up in splitsville so we are hoping for a family where we can go together :)
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TAM
9 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 12 2014
Tam or as we affectionately call her Bam Bam, because all you hear when you head towards her house is her tail bam bam against the floor. Tam has alot of male suitors at the centre and they all love to go on play dates with her, following her around and admiring her beauty.She's more interested in a bit of rough and tumble and races around the play park. She loves the open space and keeping her body and mind in tune. She gets bored easily so she needs humans who are adventurous and enjoy outdoor life. Don't get me wrong, she wouldn't turn down a cuddle on the couch but she likes a life of variety and fun.She would be better as an only dog but who would get to go on supervised play dates as she can be a bit much sometimes. Could that be with YOU?
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GEMMA
10 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 17 2014
“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” I bet you all know this song from the Walt Disney movie Pinocchio. This is my favourite song and every night after my supper at my special Hotel DogtownSA I sit outside on my little verandah and look up at the stars and wish for my forever home to come true. My name is Gemma and, I am told, a very pretty little girl with a smile that will catch your eye, who was left on a main road to fend for myself. Luckily I was rescued and taken to a home for the night and given food and water. The next day part of my dream came true as I was brought to Hotel DogtownSA. This is a very special place with very caring people who look after little” furries” like me that have been abandoned. They take such good care of me giving me really yummy food and taking me out on walks. My best is when we go to a large play area where I can run around, play and jump up and down on lots of jumps and agility equipment and let off steam until I am really exhausted. I am very energetic and would love to have a family who would like to adopt me and together we could play lots of games and go to doggy school where I will continue to learn more obedience skills and make you very proud. Please come and meet me so that my wish upon a star can come true.
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BUTCH
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
“Bark out loud Barking Madders, Butch is the name and if your party has food I’m game! If you’re looking for a life filled with licks, love and loyalty you’ve come to the right place! Go on call my agent on adoptions@barkingmad.co.za” Relax, take it eeeeeeeeaaasy is Butch’s mantra here at DogtownSA! This goofball tends to get a little caught up in the moment: he tries experiencing everything life has to offer all at once! After a life of neglect we can hardly blame his enthusiasm. Here at DogtownSA Butch has been learning to take a more laidback approach to life: long walks, laughs with friends and leisurely meals are the order of the day. This handsome fella would make an awesome addition to a furry family (without any felines) you ready to live the good life with our main man Butch?
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ROSCO
12 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I started out life thinking people were mean, because the man that lived next door to my first mum wasn’t very nice to me. He hit me with a pole and hurt my leg. My best friend in the whole world, Yvette, kept me company when I was sore, and I growled at people to keep them away. When my mum’s boss heard about me, she came to rescue me. I was fixed up and the pain in my leg went away and I started to learn to trust my caregiver, Picane, because he was so nice to me. Soon, my bestie was to join me and I realised that I can be happy again! I am so handsome, I look like those famous “Fox Hounds” you see in paintings or running with the horses. I love treats and I am so easy to please. I enjoy people now, and like playing and being touched. Sometimes I get so excited that I jump up, but I am trying really hard to be a good boy and not mess up anyone's clothes and stuff. My trainer says that is important, so I try quite hard. I don’t get cross with other dogs ever, because I am just so grateful to have a second chance at having a loving life. I can wait. I am patient.
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CHARKA
13 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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SPARTACUS
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
My name is Spartacus and I am very proud to have been given this name. You see I had the unfortunate experience of being hit by a vehicle that didn’t stop and left me in a very bad way but my determination and strength, just like the gladiator Spartacus, proved too strong for even this type of misfortune to hold me back. I now have very sexy scares on my face to show off and I have to tell you that the “gals” at DogtownSA give me very adoring looks when I go passed their runs with my human carers and volunteers on our way out for walks. I have quite a fan club and I know that some of my fellow furries at DogtownSA are jealous of my special attributes. But I must say I do have a very soft side as well and love being made a fuss of and given cuddles and kisses!!!!! When my carers and volunteers come to see me they are very generous with yummy treats and best of all, they love brushing my thick coat. I absolutely adore this and will let them brush my fur for as long as I can persuade them to stay. I give them my “special” look!!! Of course they then tell me just how handsome I am and yes I have to admit it – we men just love having compliments and attention. I currently live with a rather cheeky small “gal” and I have to make sure she does not get into too much trouble cos as you know us Gladiators always protect our gals. However, as much as I love being at DogtownSA my real dream is to be a gladiator in a forever home where I can snuggle up with my own human and be a loyal companion and devoted best friend.
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MEGAN
15 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 08 2014
Hi there peeps out there – my name is Megan and I’m not sure if you know but that is a very popular Welsh name for girls. I am sorry to say I don’t have the lovely singing voice that is associated with the Welsh people but I will be happy to make up for it with my love and attention that I have an abundance of bubbling inside of me for my forever family. I used to live at another rescue centre and was sad because I never had many humans coming to visit me and I was never given the chance to show off my very attractive features, cos I have heard it said that I am rather attractive looking furry!!! (Hehehe) Then suddenly, out of the blue a miracle happened and I was brought to this very special 5 star hotel called DogtownSA. To begin with I had no idea of what to expect and was very nervous and apprehensive of what the future might hold for me but as I settled in I knew I was going to be safe. Now I have very special carers who come and talk to me, sit with me and best of all take me for walks. I get so excited that I find it difficult to contain myself and have to do lots of extra jumps for joy in my run just to show off otherwise I think I will burst with happiness. I know I have to control this and my carers are being very gentle with me so that I learn how to behave correctly. They give me suuuppper doopper treats for being calmer and I really do like them so I am making good progress. My carers are also helping me to learn that pulling is not a desirable behavior while out walking but I am really trying to walk at heel and understand that all the lovely smells and things that I want to investigate soooo quickly are not going to disappear and by taking it a little slower and with the good instruction I am receiving I will soon be happily trotting along at my walker’s side. I also get a huge reward for this from my carers which is a yummy handful of treats so I am just the luckiest furry there is!!! One of my other favourite things is my breakfast in the morning as it comes in a rather big looking egg-shaped device and I have great fun getting all my food out of the holes at each end. I love these types of toys and have great fun pushing it all over my little garden. My dream is to once again live in a forever home with a family, where I would be their only furkid and I can lavish all my love and attention on them and show them the new found skills I have learnt at DogtownSA.
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Sep 19 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, These poor angels are losing their family who are emigrating. They need to find loving new homes asap!!!! They are: Tiara - a jack Russell x border collie - born in May 2011. She is 3 years old, spayed, vaccinated & dewormed. A little scared of storms. She needs lots of attention, cuddles & cookies :-) Tiara is good with children, dogs & domestic staff (once introduced).
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Saturday, Sep 13 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - PRETORIA, Missing in Die Wilgers area, Pretoria. Missing since 3 Sept 2014. She is chipped. She is a house cat so not street smart. Grey with white feet & tummy, quite fluffy & nervous.
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URGENT APPEAL - Benoni SPCA Open Day - ongoing
Last updated on Wednesday, Jan 22 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 - Help for Chester - 3/10
Last updated on Friday, Sep 19 2014
Dog Town
Chester is +- 5 years old. He was knocked and almost bled to death. He severed an artery and was not treated for an entire day. His owners really didn't do anything to help him :(

We rushed Chester to the vet just on time. He was in a terrible state. His bill is almost 4k and he is well enough to be discharged.

Needless to say, his owners won't be able to care for him since they cannot pay the bill and don't even have a fenced yard to ensure his safety. 
We need help to pay his bill and take him out of the vet. 

Is anyone can help foster/ adopt Chester please contact Neeri on 073 0054275.

Donations for Chester can be made to:

THE RIDGE VET
BANKING DETAILS : 
Bank: NEDBANK 
Account Number : 1353060810
Umhlanga Branch Code : 135329
Ref: Chester 

Or to 

Account Name: Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment
Acc No: 62451227815
Branch Code: 220529
Ref: Chester


Please send POP to 
pact4068@gmail.com so that we can track

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SMS PACT to 38021 to donate R10 to our animals in need

**WE ARE INUNDATED WITH EMAILS SO PLEASE ALLOW A FEW DAYS FOR A RESPONSE. IF IT IS URGENT YOU ARE WELCOME TO CALL US ON THE NUMBERS PROVIDED**

Phoenix Animal Care & Treatment (P.A.C.T)
Neeri Naidoo - 073 005 4275
Lynette Naidoo - 084 609 3962 (SMS or Email ONLY during working hours)
 
BBM Pin: 2B588F8C
Fax: 086 239 3793
NPO Number: 114-846
Banking details:
Account Name: Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment
Bank: First National Bank
Account Number: 62451227815
Branch Code: 220529
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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:
Furry Feeders
Saturday, Sep 21 2013
Event Details
Last updated on Thursday, Jan 16 2014
Furry Feeders
Become a furry feeder of a BarkingMads/DogtownSA TODAY and help us feed the furkids. Your name will proudly be displayed on our Furry Feeder wall for all to see, just how pawsome you are :) PLEASE email pat@barkingmad.co.za
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SPONSOR A PET
Hi, my name is ANNIE
I am a Female - spayed Wire-Haired Terrier, Scottie Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Tuesday, May 13 2014
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PET TIP
BITE INHIBITION
Puppies bite. Puppy biting and mouthing is natural. Since they do not have hands and opposing thumbs they use their mouths to play and investigate.

When you observe a litter of puppies there is a lot of mouthing going on. When pup bites too hard, his littermates yelp and stop playing with him.  The pup quickly learns that when he bites too hard, his buddies wont play with him, so he chooses to use a softer mouth on them. This is called Bite Inhibition and is an important lesson for the pup.

Forbidding a young puppy from biting altogether may offer immediate and temporary relief, but it is potentially dangerous because your puppy will not learn that his jaws can inflict pain. Puppy must be taught to inhibit the force of his bites (Ian Dunbar)

That cute little nibble will not be cute anymore once the puppy has grown into an adult. They need to learn this before they are four months old.

Teach your puppy to trust you this is necessary to tech your puppy about bite inhibition.
NEVER hit, slap or shout at the puppy, physical punishment will lose that trust. It will not stop the puppy from biting it will only scare and confuse him.

Make sure you are not reinforcing his biting behaviour. Grabbing the mouth and shouting at him is actually reinforcing him by giving him attention being that negative attention.

We need to teach puppy that while mouthing is ok he must stop when asked to , mouthing should only be initiated by you. We must teach puppy that he must not hurt you and he must know that he must not exert pressure at all when biting.
If your puppy is biting/ mouthing with pressure you must simply say “ouch” and turn away from him for 5 seconds and pretend to be licking your wounds, then return to the pup and say gently. This will teach the pup what his mother and littermates would have done and he will realise that when he bites his fun to goes away. The severity of the “ouch” must match the severity of the bite

If your pup acknowledges your "ouch" and stops biting, praise him and lure him to offer a different behaviour and offer him a yummy treat. If your pup ignores the "ouch" and continues biting, yelp "Owwwww!" and leave the room. Your puppy has lost his playmate. Return after a minute timeout and make up by lure-rewarding your puppy to come, sit, lie down, and calm down, before resuming play.
If puppy gets aroused by the ouch sound and has not decreased his biting after 3 attempts in a row, END your play session and try again later on in the day.
Even once your pup's biting no longer hurts, pretend that it does. Greet harder nips with a yelp of pseudo-pain. Your puppy will soon get the idea that humans are super sensitive.

The pressure of your puppy's bites will progressively decrease. Once your pup exerts NO pressure when mouthing, only then, teach him to reduce the frequency of his mouthing. Teach your pup that mouthing is ok until you request him to stop. Give him the command  ”leave”
Each time your pup stops mouthing reward him and begin playing again. Remember to give clear indication to your pup when your play/training session has ended. “All done”
Be persistent and consistent.
Reference: Dr Ian Dunbars Good little dog book (page 96-100)
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