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Hi, my name is Norman
I am a Male - neutered Staffie.

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Last updated on Friday, Aug 22 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Dolce
I am a Male - neutered Chihuahua. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Thursday, Aug 28 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Ringo
I am a Male - neutered Collie X. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Thursday, Aug 28 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
COOPER
1 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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SHANDY
2 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
Hello there!!! My name is Sandy and I am hoping that when you have read my story you will want to come and meet me “paw” to “paw”. I consider myself one of the luckiest furkids in town because I was handed over to this very special 5 Star Hotel called DogtownSA. I really thought I had gone over the rainbow and landed in heaven cos suddenly I had a little house and garden of my own and humans came to feed me suuuuper food and had long conversations with me and even cuddled me. So now I want to tell you how this place has helped me to become the cuddly little furkid that you may well fall for. Once I had settled into my little dwelling my carer would come and take me out on a very comfortable harness and lead for a long walk. I had never been out for such a wonderful excursion. I was allowed to smell all the interesting bushes and shrubs en route and could take my time and at certain stages on the walk we would stop, my carer would show me a treat and as soon as I responded with a sit or just a smile and a wriggle of my “cheeky” little behind, I was given a treat. Can you believe it???? Well I couldn’t I really thought I was dreaming. By the time we came back to DogtownSA I was pretty pooped, for the first few times, as I was rather unfit seeing as I had never had so much exercise before but now I am much better. I have built up my fitness by being taken so often by my carer and many super volunteers and I get another wonderful treat and am taken to a large “play area” where my lead is taken off and I can run around and chase birds, lizards, and sniff in and out of the bushes for a lovely long time. I also try and go up and down the agility obstacles but still have difficulty as I do have short legs. But I have great fun and many treats trying. Until very recently I used to also go with another furkid called Trixie but luckily for her, she has found her forever home and we would go together and have great play times together. As much as I love being at DogtownSA my real dream is to be in a forever home where I can snuggle up with my own human and be a loyal companion and devoted best friend and have wonderful walks and playtime together, could that be you?
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ROXY
3 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 24 2014
“You awesome Dogtown SA suppawters ready to rock and roll? Rockette Roxy locked and loaded! You better be ready to crank up the fun and have a wooftastic time, no dull days when I’m in da house ?” Roxy is looking for the fit, fun loving thrill seekers among you; life is too short to be boring! For this active energetic lady everyday is a new adventure: from playdates with furry friends at DogtownSA to fun obedience and play sessions with the humans, Roxy always has a trick up her sleeve. After a busy day Roxy is hoping to find a warm bed to curl up in and a forever family to shower her with love. Are you up for a rocking festival of fun?
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DAISY
4 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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TIAGO
5 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
Tiago fancied himself a bit of a rough-ridin gangta when he first arrived at DogtownSA, a bag of skin and bones. “I don’t need no one for nothing!” was what he kept telling us. Growing up on the streets he always had his own back and lived on his wits. But life is more fun when we share it with that special someone and the world was turned upside down when Tiago met our gorgeous go-getter girl Tessa ?. Life with this uptown girl sure will change a man’s tune: henpecked and loving it! Tiago is still a bit of a diamond in the rough, in need of a little DogtownSA polish but any day now he will be ready to show off his street cred in a hood of his very own. Until that day, show a brother some love and sponsor his stay at Dogtown SA (after all it aint cheap impressing the ladies!)
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HALLE
6 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jun 05 2014
Hi guys, my name is Halle! I am one big rolled up piece of LOVE. I love people. I love being petted. I ADORE my friends. I am selective about which dogs I can live with, but with a little consideration for my needs, I am quite capable of living with four legged friend. I have a liver issue, which my people here at Dogtown are working on, and I am not high maintenance in the excercise department - I prefer a gentle stroll to anything that works up a sweat! I am a very tidy person, I dont mess up my bed, and I am really happiest on soft blankies and cushions, while my special diet is prepared and delivered to my door. I am very clever too - I have an amazing way of dealing with people and talk to them with my eyes. They always get what I am saying - this telepathy stuff works! I do enjoy a good bone to chew and I am on a special programme to get fit (arg!) and be as healthy as I can be. I have also managed to score special massages and grooming from my trainer who does my nails, and works with my lymph glands (whatever those are!) and wow! do I feel good after my love sessions! I would love a home of my own, with my own special person to adore (and of course adore me too - a gal has to be loved you know!), and promise to change your life with my special ways.
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TOFFEE & ZENA
7 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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WILL
8 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jun 12 2014
My name is Will. I am Grace's big brother. My great grand-dad was a Labrador, and I have inherited some of his great looks, making me handsome - if I may say so myself - and strong. I really enjoy games when food is involved. I don't know what it is about food ..... the aroma, the texture.....the variety - oh its all so yummy!!! My trainer says I should give up being a dog and become a chef! I would be so good at it - I am clever too, so learning all the fancy names for food would be easy-peasy. I can sit, down, stay, and find hidden food - its my brilliant sense of smell. I can even tell if its a piece of dog kibble or polony from 10 metres! I like people - I just need a little bit more practice with being touched all over - I'm just a bit shy sometimes. My sister has taught me good housekeeping, so I keep my bed and toys clean and neat. I am hoping that the perfect family will come and fall in love with me and my lil sis Grace, could that possibly be you?
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MAX
9 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 10 2014
Maxamillion is my name but they call me Max for short. Hey that's my name that's short not me he he. Don't let my size fool you I'm a serious dude. I look after my sister here at DogtownSA so I'm a busy man.I don't remember much before coming to the centre but apparently I was a stud. I tell the ladies here I know I'm a stud but they just giggle maybe I don't understand the word right. Anyhoo I'm hoping for a home where my sis and I can go together as we have really helped each other after we we're abandoned. You know what family is like. You can't live with them and you can't live without them. I hear my sister say a prayer every night that a family will come for both of us and we will be together forever <3 Bless, she is too cute sometimes.Even though I act like the tough guy around town, I really do have a soft spot for her.
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BOBBY
10 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, May 15 2014
“They call me ‘Bobby the Kid’ round these parts: furry outlaw that lives on the fringes of fun *wink wink*. As a graduate of the school of hard knocks, I’ve seen the dark side of life, and after arriving at DogtownSA I sure aint looking back. I may be a little rough round the edges, and walk with a bit of limp, but the humans here say that’s just part of my swagger. I may have started from the bottom, but things sure are looking up. These humans keep reminding me that I’m master of my destiny” After having to fend for himself on the streets and mend a broken leg without veterinary help, Bobby finally found his way to love and support here at DogtownSA. While he has a lifelong limp, joint support supplements and plenty of DogtownSA love and support ensure that this furry doesn’t miss out on any of the fun. With a keen eye for tomfoolery and mischief, Bobby loves woofing around and is always up for a game with the other pooches here at DogtownSA. After a rough start, Bobby is learning everyday just how awesome humans can be (he thinks they are just too easy to con out of yummy treats, all he needs to do is sit ?) With a little patience, love and guidance Bobby is destined for great things. Are you ready for this furry bandit to steal your heart?
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ASHLEY
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 28 2014
Hiya folks, my name is Ashley, or Ash, or Smashlee for short. I am a super charged girl and with our without my sister Mary-Kate, I am pretty certain I can take on the world – nothing much scares me. I adore people. I really do love a good loving session, cuddles, walkies, and lots of attention. I love helping out around the place and enjoy getting snacks and treats. I used to live with some other fur-kids, but my dad couldn’t keep us all anymore, so he sent Mary-Kate and I away for some finishing school time, and we are now ready to come and lighten up your life. I don’t have to live with my sis, but I do love her a lot, so maybe we will be super lucky and find a home together where we can live out our days playing and running! I love to run, and I really enjoy my chews and bones. I am very fond of special treats, and have a preference for tasty food…. When I have been playing a lot, I like to jump into my water bowl with my front paws for a quick manicure, a super “wash n clean” system I worked out all by myself! I am also super unique because I am no ordinary Jack Rascal, I am a wire haired version, and if I may say so, very pretty too! I get along with some dogs, but I am quite bossy, so I need to be in charge most of the time, and I get impatient if dogs don’t listen to my instructions all the time! But that’s ok, I am working on that. I am very good at learning new things, so most things are easy peasy for me!
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DUKE
12 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 19 2014
My name is Duke and when you arrive at DogtownSA you will hear a lot about me and my “special lady – Ebony”. You see, the meaning of my name is “Leader” and that is what I am. I am a very charismatic kind of guy and the ladies warm to me because I am just too handsome to resist and I love to take care of my “gal” giving her my undivided attention. I am willing to romp and play many games in our run and will even let my lady win some of them. 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 of us tearing around playing tag. I know they would love to swop places but I only have eyes for my one lady and make sure she knows it. When we are lying down next to each other chilling after one of our walks with our carers or cooling off after a very strenuous game of tag, I tell her lots of tales of my past and she just wags her tail and smiles. I still get very excited going on walks and of course, like any leader sometimes want to get too far ahead too quickly, but my carer just gives me a gentle reminder and then I slow down. You see my start in life was not great, as I was left to fend for myself and found it difficult to get decent food and met various unfriendly people so needed to get out of their way fast. But, my luck changed when a lady saw me and brought me to DogtownSA. Luckily for me she must have realized that with a bit of care and attention, at the “best place” in town, DogtownSA that is, my rather unkempt appearance and un-trusting attitude would change; and my true personality shine out once more for some lucky family to see and come to take me to their forever home. So all you awesome peeps out there, if you have a female furkid who loves to play and romp and looking for a great partner, please let’s get together and make that special date. For those of you who don’t have a furkid friend, Ebony and I together would love to join you.
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MISHKA
13 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 05 2014
Mishka is a very special gal who loves to be cuddled and made a fuss of. When it is bedtime you must make sure she is comfortable in her house with her blankets and give her lots of kisses to send her off to sleep. In return she will give you such a big smile and return your affection double fold with her special kisses. Her previous family fell on hard times and had to rehome her nevertheless she has settled in very well but every night when she snuggles down to sleep she does send out her wishes for a forever family to come along and meet her. She enjoys her walks with her caregiver and on certain days they go and sit under a shady tree just catching the breeze and chilling together * Unable to adopt Mishka? 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 only.
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LUCY
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
Hey Humans! I am Lucy! I love life. I like to play! I like to run! I love learning stuff! I love food! I love swimming! I have learnt to sit, down, and stay. I have SO much to give and show everyone, I keep trying to get my roomie, Flint, to catch up with me. Did I say I LOVE life? Every moment is fun for me, and I'd love to do more stuff - I keep my trainer busy! Soon, I'll be learning some scent work! I'm still very young at heart, super pretty and waiting for a special kiss from my soul human. Could that be you?
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ROZZIE
15 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
My name is Rozzie and I was brought to DogtownSA after a major tragedy in my life when my then loving family were taken away from me in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Arriving at DogtownSA I had no idea of what to expect and was very nervous and apprehensive of what the future might hold for me and how I was going to get over this tragic event in my life. At first I was teamed up with a lovely old fellow called Drex who had also had his own fair share of bad luck and in fact only had 3 legs. He soon warmed to me and in spite of his slight incapacity, we spent many hours romping around our garden. He, along with the humans at DogtownSA, helped me get over my grief. Sadly Drex, due to his age and ill health, also crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I was left alone again. Luckily for me this was very short lived as the DogtownSA family soon found me a new friend named Zeus and together we have invigorating walks with the caregivers and volunteers. Unfortunately I am still learning that pulling is not a desirable behavior while walking but with all the lovely smells and things to see it is quite difficult to contain my excitement. I am sure with their good instruction I am receiving, I will soon be happily trotting along at my walker’s side. My dream is to once again live in a forever home with a family on which I can lavish all my love and show them the new found skills I have learnt at DogtownSA. If they have any other fur babies, preferably a nice young man, I will gladly fit in.
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Aug 29 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Brownie is a really special and beautiful girl that has been handed in unwanted to our kennels. She is a smallish girl – around the size of a spaniel. She is 4 years old, but has been used as a bit of a breeding machine and at her young age, has already had several litters. She was very shy when first arriving at our kennels but she has come out of her shell a bit and loves to come over for a cuddle. She has a very gentle soul and a heart of gold, and to her new owner she will offer all the love, devotion and loyalty in the world. The adoption fee of R550 includes sterilization, vaccinations and de-worming. Please call Susan on 0832948666 or e-mail sbpanda@intekom.co.za to adopt Brownie.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Tuesday, Aug 26 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, I live in a complex in Falcon Road, D’Urbanvale. A male ginger cat (neutered) has been roaming in our complex for weeks. I think he is either lost or abandoned. Persons can contact me at 082 490 7628.
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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 - theres an amy on my stoep
Last updated on Thursday, Dec 05 2013
Dog Town
There’s an Amy on my stoep!
by Luke

 Amy was found abandoned in August 2010, aimlessly wandering around with no clue where she was or how to find her way home. It is presumed her previous owners no longer wanted and dumped her on the side of the road. Amy was picked up by a kind samaritan and brought to DogtownSA; she was very wary of people and snapped and growled when she was approached or touched – this lady needed to be rehabilitated and her trust in humanity restored.
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FUNDRAISING - Animals Matter - 4/10
Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 20 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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EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
 
Featured Event:
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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SPONSOR A PET
Hi, my name is YOGI
I am a Female - spayed Africanis, Pointer Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Monday, Apr 28 2014
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PET TIP
COME WHEN CALLED
Have someone hold your puppy, show pup your YUMMY treat and then move away from your puppy.
Start in an enclosed area with no distractions. Bend down and wriggle the food in front of you towards the puppy and call your pup with a happy and excited voice  “pups name, COME” Praise your puppy the whole time he moves towards you, what a good boy you’re such a clever puppy. When he reaches you give him a huge hug and your yummy treats, make sure you can gently handle his collar while he is with you in case you would need to quickly put him on leash, then release the puppy with the command “GO PLAY”
We are establishing a pattern here. When I say come and you move towards me really good things happen. Remember to ALWAYS say the word “COME” in a happy excited voice that your dog will want to come to you, never say “COME” in anger. We don’t want our pups to be fearful of coming to us.

The faster the puppy comes to you the bigger the reward should be. He will quickly learn that the quicker he gets to you the better the reward.
Start to use everyday opportunities in the home to practice like when it’s feeding time, while you are cooking dinner.
Repeat this exercise until you see he is coming 10/10 of the times.
Once we have the “COME” understood by the dog we up the criteria, this means when  he is coming to you 10/10 times in your enclosed area.
 
We increase the criteria by:  
1. Increasing the distance,
2. Adding distractions
3. Changing the environment.

REMEMBER ONLY CHANGE ONE CRITERIA AT A TIME
Ie: If you are increasing distance don’t have distractions at first and don’t start this new criteria in the park.

Once you have managed to increase the distance in a safe enclosed area, start adding distractions but decrease the distance. Slowly build up the distance again.
Then it’s time to take the show on the road. We are now changing the environment, so distance and distractions must go back to their 1st steps. We will now start to increase our distance 1st in our new environment. Once we have our “COME” at a distance in the park we will begin to add distractions, once again as we will now take our distance back to the beginning stage and slowly build up the distance with distractions.
ALWAYS make it an incredibly enjoyable exercise for your dog. NEVER shout or reprimand your pup if he doesn’t come just lower your criteria to last point he was successful and build up again slowly. ALWAYS put SAFETY FIRST, when you move to different environments, work with your dog on a long lead at first, so there is no chance your dog could run away.
This is one of the most important exercises your dog can learn, and it can be life saving.
Happy safe training.

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