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WANT TO ADOPT ME?
Hi, my name is Dusty
I am a Female - spayed Domestic.

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Last updated on Saturday, Jul 19 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Butch
I am a Male - neutered Min Pin. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Friday, Jul 18 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Sandy
I am a Female - spayed German Shepherd X. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Monday, Jul 21 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
EBONY
1 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 30 2014
When you arrive at DogtownSA you will hear a lot about me and my “special man – Duke”. You see, I am a very pretty girl and Duke is the furry I live with and he has a reputation for having the most irresistible “furgal” on the block!!! Weelll I am his “gal” . I love to romp and play and he and I spend many hours running around in our garden, pulling out our blankets and having games of tag and guess what he lets me win!!!! All the other DogtownSA furkids can see us and wish they were playing too. The others looking on make such a noise cos they are so jealous of our antics and I know they would love to swop places. When we are lying down next to each other chilling after one of our walks with our carers or volunteers who are just the bestest angels at the Hotel DogtownSA, I tell him stories about my previous life which was really very difficult. He just listens and gives me a lick and a smile. I was living on the streets for many months and trying to find caring people and food was not easy. My life changed when such a special person from DogtownSA came and found me and even though I was very nervous I came with him and arrived back at this very special Hotel DogtownSA. With the help of such loving and caring peeps I soon learnt to trust once more and knew I was going to be safe and never have to be scared again. It is just so cooooollll here cos our carers come and sit with us and ask us to do little exercises and for that we get treats!! Then best of all is I get to have my tummy rubbed and I really love that. I never thought such a wonderful thing could ever happen to me as people had never touched me like that before. My other favourite thing is going on walks with my main man “Duke” and our carers and I do have to admit I get very excited and sometimes want to get a weee bit too far ahead too quickly, but my carer just gives me a gentle reminder and a cuddle and then I slow down. So all you awesome peeps out there, if you have a guy furkid who loves to play and romp and is looking for a pretty lady, please let’s get together and meet. For those of you who don’t have a furry friend, maybe you would be able to take Duke and I together and make all our forever dreams come true and we will make your life complete.
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JASPER
2 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 03 2014
“Wanna hear a joke? What do you call a dog magician? A labracadabrador! *Drumroll please* Hehehe that’s kinda what I am, but you can call me Jasper. I fancy myself a bit of jester; I just love making the humans and furfriends smile :) If you’re in need of a comedic intervention in your life; I’m the funniest four-legged on the block.” Jovial Jasper the Jester is always ready with a wagging tail and floppy eared smile to lighten up your day. When he’s not living it up with his leggy lady Karishi he’s always keen on some fun tricks (anything is possible with a yummy treat). You ready to let Jasper entertain you?
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SAMMY
3 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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JOCK
4 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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COURAGE
5 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 05 2014
Courage is an amazing dog whose name personifies this character. He sustained severe injuries to his hind leg which had been left untreated by his previous owners and needed major bone surgery. With the aid of steel plates and a stay at Doggie Paddle for hydrotherapy and rehabilitation he has made a remarkable recovery. Now at DogtownSA, when it is time to start walking the “furries” he will be the first one at his gate waiting excitedly for you to come and take him on his walk and into the play area where he can run and play with you off lead and enjoy all the new smells and see what messages there are to pick up. Being a typical man, he loves being made a fuss of and having a cuddle and a gentle brushing is just the cherry on top!!!! Courage is a bit of a loner and is happy with his own company, so would be much better as a single dog in his forever family.
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Hanni
6 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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TARZAN
7 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 22 2014
Tarzan is king of our little Jozi jungle at DogtownSA. There is never a dull moment with this eager adventurer, he is always ready to swing into action: either for a long walk, some fun tricks to impress his humans or even some cuddles and tummy rubs on his beanbag. After a slightly manic start, Tarzan is learning to take life a little slower and take time to sniff and lick the liver spread so to speak. At DogtownSA, Tarzan is a gastronomic guru; he always has his nose out to sniff out the best treats. Ever the ladies man, Tarzan also enjoys strutting his stuff for the pretty four-legged ladies. This urban explorer is looking for a family that understands how to have some fun and not get too caught up in the rat race. Are you ready to get into the swing of things with Tarzan?
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GRACIE
8 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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MELANIE
9 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 10 2014
Hi Im Melanie, you don't really see me much when you visit DogtownSA as I hide away a lot. I don't know why I'm so nervous all I can tell you is if you spend time with me and let me learn to love and trust you it will definitely be worth it. I enjoy walks with my brother, he lives with me her at DogtownSA to so at least I have my brother to help me along and of course my caregivers who have the patience of saints when it comes to me. I told them it would be so worth it and I think they know it. The first day I went on my walk there was a huge celebration :) I felt like the springboks when they won the world cup and all I did was go for a walk. Its the little things that make these humans happy :) so before you know it I will be the social butterfly of the town :)hee hee, well maybe not but its my dream and Ive been told at DogtownSA doggies dreams come true <3
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TOFFEE & ZENA
10 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 07 2014
Doesn’t that just sound like a really yummy dessert? Well we are told by our wonderful carers that we are very sweet but not for eating (hehehe). All we really want is to be your forever companions and spend our days with you - going on walks, sitting with you when you are relaxing, keeping you warm if you are cold and all the other adventures you may have in mind. I am Toffee and am going to tell you about my very special mature lady-furry Zena and myself and how lucky we were to have come to this suuupppper dooppper hotel DogtownSA to live. Our family moved overseas and could not take us with them. We know they tried to find us another home before they left but our lucky stars were not shining. We then found out that we were going to stay with a family member and needless to say we were thrilled cos we could still stay together and have a family to love us. Then all of a sudden, they changed their minds and didn’t want us - we were in a lot of trouble. I was so scared cos I know there are not many places that can or will take on a charming “old timer” like Zena and I did not want us to be parted. Our ending looked very grim. I started to panic cos I consider myself as the young soldier keeping watch over my special furry. Then, the stars above moved in our favour and hip hip horray we were brought to this special place where “old times” and “young ones” are welcome and cared for. We live in a little house with a small garden and guess what; there is a couch as well. So we either sleep on it or in our big baskets inside and both have lots of blankets keeping us snug and warm in this colder weather. During the day Zena loves to lie in the sun and watch the world go by whilst I run up and down our run sniffing out any lizards or scaring off a mouse or two but really have a great time. We get regular visits from both our caregivers and volunteers and they give us lots of yummy treats and come and sit in with us and give us hugs and cuddles and make us feel very special. They also play lots ball games with me and I really enjoy myself running back and forth fetching the ball and taking it back to them for as long as I can entice them to stay. But best of all they take us on great walks and visits to the play area where we can romp around and experience sooooooooo many different smells and scents. I have lots of energy and love to be the group leader surging forward at times but I then get a gentle reminder from my carer that this is not a behavior that Zena has taught me and then I get back in line. For that I get a yummy treat which I love so sometimes I just do it to get an extra one hehehe. We have lived with children and other animals and would dearly like to find our forever home where we could stay together and be part of a loving family. Could that be you?
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THANDI
11 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, May 15 2014
“Sawubona Barking Madders ninjani? Thandi’s my name and I’m your soul-sista here at DogtownSA. When I’m not lounging and enjoying the glorious African sunshine I love jamming a little jika jika jive with my chommies here at DogtownSA. Black dogs are often overlooked in shelters, but here at DogtownSA our BEE policy has me sitting pretty. After all, DogtownSA believes that every dog deserves to Bark Eat and Enjoy life” Thandi is our lovable African Queen here at DogtownSA, true to her name that means loved one in isiZulu, she is a dog with so much love to share. Being the Queen BEE, Thandi loves being the center of human attention and prefers the company of smaller male furry company (She currently reigns supreme with her room-mate King Jack the Lionheart here at DogtownSA) She has been waiting a long time for a forever family to share the beautiful African sunsets with. Could that be with you?
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TAM
12 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
13 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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COCO
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Apr 28 2014
“Bonsoir je m'appelle Coco, for those of you who don’t parlez vous Français, you may address me as Mademoiselle Coco. I live by the creed of my glorious namesake Coco Chanel: ‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.’ “ Our enigmatic diva Coco is not bound by cuddly canine stereotypes, while she loves floating through the doggie social scene and charming the four-legged furry gents of DogtownSA with her elegant mystique, Coco is very discerning about the humans she allows into her inner circle. Coco isn’t quite ready to relinquish her role as Madamoiselle of DogtownSA; she is still in need of some DogtownSA finishing school finesse. Every diva needs her entourage and fans; Coco would sure love for you to sponsor her stay at DogtownSA. After all she needs to be kept in the style and comfort to which she is accustomed until she is ready to find a forever family to call her own. The DogtownSA team sends their gratitude in advance in behalf of this cheeky furkid!
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KARMA
15 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 03 2014
“Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair… Licks and love Barking Madders, spunky punk princess Karma rocking out with ya! I may hail from the Mother City, but since making the trek up to Jozi, I’m loving the buzz of the big City of Gold. Life is for living and I just love jamming with my roomie Clawd or showing-off some mad skills with my ball in the DogtownSA play-area. The only way life could get any more epic, was if I found a forever family to sign me up and love me for life.” Our Karma chameleon has been on a roller-coaster rescue journey: from severe neglect and abuse to the kick-ass lovable chicka she is today. This little rocker adores the rough and tumble with the four-legged boys of DogtownSA almost as much as she does belly rubs and cuddles. Karma’s all the woman you’ll ever need and she dreams of being only four-legged ladylove in her new pimped out pad. Karma’s ready to rock and roll are you?
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Wednesday, Jul 23 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Mike is a 10 year old german shepherd boy that has been surrendered to our kennels. He is a friendly and special old man with a beautiful nature and a lovely personality. He gets on very well with other dogs and he loves to be around people. He is desperate to spend his retirement in a loving family home, and not in an animal shelter. He doesn’t ask for much – just a cosy bed, nice food and a little stroll around the block every day! Please call Susan on 0832948666 or e-mail sbpanda@intekom.co.za to adopt Mike.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 10 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, 13 year old white male sterilized poodle went missing 30 June 2014 from Scottsdene / Bernadino Heights area. If you know where our family pet is please urgently give us a call. Hawkins-family 071 031 6258
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URGENT APPEAL - Foster Appeal - Trix 4 Animals - ongoing
Last updated on Friday, Mar 01 2013
Dog Town

Hi Everyone,

 

This is a plea to anyone in Gauteng that is willing to foster young and old, large and small dogs in Gauteng.

These animals have been cooped up in a kennel for many months and my heart aches when I see all those faces looking at me through the fence.

The majority of our dogs are large breeds and they need to have a chance to be free and have space to move and run and play.

 

If you think it is sad for you to look into these cages, imagine how they are feeling looking out.

 

If you feel that you are able to foster a dog, that you can afford to look after him, care for him, feed him, and if you have the space for him in your yard

and can offer him a special temporary home please contact me on Trix4Animals@gmail.comv

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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 - Spartan Ferals Food Appeal - ongoing
Last updated on Thursday, Jun 26 2014
Dog Town
From: "Bronwyn Dengler" Hi All, I have an urgent plea for Spartan ferals. I really cannot afford to feed them anymore and they have not been fed since last week Friday. Is there anyone that can donate some food and come with me to feed them. It is extremely cold out there and they are starving. It is about 60kg a feed and I feed 60 colonies already. Bronwyn Dengler
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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 SASHA
I am a Female - spayed Terrier Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 10 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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