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Hi, my name is Annie
Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 21 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Donna
I am a Female Staffie. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Saturday, Oct 11 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Jay
I am a Male - neutered Labrador X. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Thursday, Oct 16 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
MALAIKA
1 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 24 2014
“Habari Barking Madders, my name is Malaika; it means angel in kiswahili. And like all angels I know you have to be a little naughty to be nice *wink wink*. Life is for sharing fun times with friends and family, so I’m sending out an special shout out to my forever family: come on and share the love so we can live happily ever after on cloud 9 ?” Heaven must be missing an angel; Malaika is our lovable cherub at Dogtown SA. Few things make this furkid happier than loads of love and belly-rubs. Malaika likes calling the shots in furry four-legged department and she would just love finding a furry boyfriend to indulge her whims and fancies. You ready to make heaven a place on earth with Malaika?
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DAISY
2 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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SHANDY
3 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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KARMA
4 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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GRACIE
5 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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MICHAEL
6 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jun 27 2014
“Sup Barking Madders, Michael’s my name! Life has thrown me all kinds of curveballs but I reckon we should all just turn our frowns upside down and keep smiling! In the poetic words of my comedic colleagues Monty Python: If life seems jolly rotten. There's something you've forgotten, And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing. When you're feeling in the dumps. Don't be silly chumps. Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing. And...always look on the bright side of life... Always look on the light side of life...” Mike always has a smile ready to brighten up our days at Dogtown SA, he has so much love to share with his Dogtown SA humans. Mike just needs a little Dogtown SA help to be a more social fella with his four legged canine compadres before he is ready to set off into the sunset with his forever family. Keep a smile on Michael’s dial and sponsor his stay at Dogtown SA ?
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FOXY
7 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 05 2014
Foxy is our olde worlde charmer. If he had lived a couple of hundred years ago, he’d probably have featured in a Jane Austen novel, right next to the handsome hero. He is beautiful, shy and sensitive, and seems to have been made for a gentler, more gracious, world. Foxy has travelled a rough road to get to where he is today, and he really enjoys his piece of prime real estate at DogTown SA. He just loves to watch who is coming and going at the shelter, and throw in his two cents’ worth. As long as there is a fence between him and people, Foxy is happy and confident. Foxy does have a shy side which you will meet when you first go into the run, but do not worry, he will soon warm to you especially. if you have a brush in your hand and are going to spend time smarting him up and making him look even more handsome for his galls. Foxy is an older cross-Shephard who loves other canine company, preferably girls, and lots of walks. Although he has recovered well from severe health issues, he still needs a little bit of extra caring. * Unable to adopt Foxy? 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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TOFFEE & ZENA
8 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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ZIMBI
9 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, Jul 09 2014
Hello my name is Zimbi, the humans sometimes call me Zimbi Zim Zim which sounds really cool too, I am currently living with a really kind foster family. You see when I was surrendered to Dogtown way back when,I had a bit of a big tummy which just kept growing and growing so the humans took me to the doggy-doctor who said I was going to be a mommy. I must admit I was very scared when I heard the news but I was quickly taken to this 5 star foster home where I could relax and prepare for the lil ones. When I arrived I met some other dogs and made plenty new friends but I didn’t really know how to play with anybody yet and just ended up lying on top of everybody as soon as the game started, but I figured it out quickly ;) One afternoon it all happened and I had 7 little puppies, somehow they all looked different, yikes! It was awesome to watch them grow up but they eventually grew up into little terrorists and started chasing me every time I came to say hello. When they grew up and got too big for the house they went to Hotel Dogtown where they were all adopted into loving homes, I am indeed a proud momma! Somehow I just ended up staying in my foster home (sneaky sneaky heheh) I do miss my babbas but the other dogs do keep me busy by teaching me how to play games and chase them around. I can be a little bit nervous sometimes but my awesome foster dad has started taking me along on rides in a little green beetle (which I think is pretty cool) and sometimes we visit Hotel Dogtown and everybody comes to say hello and give me lots of delicious treats. I must admit, the more we go on car rides... the more I enjoy it. One time we went to a shopping centre which at first was really scary but after a very nice lady came to say hello to me, I felt much better :) Soon I'll be able to go to my very own forever home (which I really look forward to). If you think you have what it takes to give me a perfect, calm, happy home, why not contact the humans at Dogtown and arrange to meet me, you wont be disappointed :)
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Shadow
10 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Apr 10 2014
She loves humans of all kinds and most other dogs. However I think she would do best with a house where she is the only dog and can be spoilt with attention. The people would have to be active and walk her regularly cause she can get quite destructive if she is not getting her excercise. She is extremely affectionate and anyone who meets will very quickly see why I say that. She will give many years of happiness, loyalty and love to the right family. I wish more than anything that family could be me but unfortunately circumstances don't dictate that. Its a very hard decision to have to make as it feels as if I am having to give up a child.
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MAX
11 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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SAMMY
12 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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LOLA
13 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Oct 09 2014
My name is Lola and I am one of the “newbies” at this awesome place called DogtownSA. I have to admit this place is changing my life and I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming. My journey has been very bumpy and many times rather frightening. I came from another rescue centre that tried their best to help me but had limited facilities available. Lucky for me, though, they were able to find me a place at DogtownSA. When I arrived I went into a small little run with a garden and a lovely comfortable place to sleep with lots of blankets so I could snuggle right inside and feel really safe and secure. You see I still feel rather nervous of the outside world but I am learning every day that I don’t have to be fearful any more. I get really yummy food and can walk in and around my little garden when I like and I have a lovely hounder to lie on as well. It is so comfortable and I love rolling on my back on this and kicking my legs in the air. Every day I have some super carers who come and sit and talk to me. First it was through the fence cos in the beginning I did not want to come to close and was rather apprehensive of what might happen but I have realized that they don’t mind if I come out or just sit at the front of my igloo. They are very patient with me. When I do come out they are so pleased and smile a lot at me. It makes me feel very special and I am getting more used to them and have even let them touch me. Each day I watch the other furkids go up and down past my run and they always come back so happy and one of them told me it is because they have been for long walks outside and on some days get to go to a big play area where they can run around off lead. That will be the next step for me but my carers are letting me go at my own pace as I still need to get used to everything going on around me. Although I am not ready just yet to leave this marvelous place, I have a dream that in the not too distant future I will find love and friendship at my very own forever home where I can give back all the love and affection I have been so lucky to get at this very special hotel.
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GIZMO
14 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 14 2014
Hi guys my name is Gizmo and I am a very special little furry “gadget” (hehehehe), cos I always used to come and go as I pleased and thought I was quite the Scarlet Pimpernel. You see for quite a long time I was living on a lady’s property where I had shelter and she gave me food but because I am rather an elusive little fella I felt much happier sleeping outside and being able to come and go as I pleased. Then one day another human came to the house and boy oh boy, did my life change from then on. This person was coaxing me with really yummy tidbits and had such a nice voice and I knew he was trying to get me to come to him and even though I tried my hardest to resist, he was too persuasive. Yes sireeeee, believe it or not I finally relented and allowed him to take me with him in his car. We soon arrived at this amazing place called DogtownSA and not in my wildest dreams did I realize what a great choice this would turn out to be. I was given a comfy place to sleep with lots of blankets and I could snuggle right inside so nobody could see me and I was given more yummy food. I was allowed to walk in and around my little garden and every day I had people coming to talk to me. First it was through the fence cos to begin with I was rather apprehensive to come out and chat but they always left lots of yummy things for me and so many toys. Then, as time went on I felt more and more relaxed and started to come and greet these guys. They come very regularly and sit in my garden with me and I like to run around them and bark and smile a lot at them. I love licking their fingers when they have liver treats with them and I seem to make they giggle a lot when I smile at them. I have very pretty ears that are all feathery and I even let them touch them sometimes but not for very long yet. I know my carers are letting me get used to things at my own pace and I am almost ready for them to give me a tickle or two. I get quite jealous when I see them touching and tickling the furlady that lives next to me cos she so enjoys all their attention and from what she has told me, it is really very soothing being touched. These carers here are very gentle and treat all us furkids so well. Sheba, that is the furlady’s name, and I have a small fence between us and she tells me a lot about how she started off being so shy and very nervous and how her life has changed since she has been at DogtownSA. She goes out for regular walks and loves being able to sniff all the special smells and chew the grass. I am pretty sure that I will be going on walks soon but my carers are letting me get used to my routine a little longer before venturing outside – cos I must say – at times I still feel a little uncertain of the world out there. Even though I have spent so much time living and sleeping outside I really do like my lovely warm little house and feeling safe and secure. So guys and gals out there my dream is to find my own forever family who would like to have a little “Gizmo” in their lives. We could cuddle up and I will be their best friend and companion and together we could have many years of fun and happiness.
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ZANE
15 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 28 2014
I had an owner. He did care for me, but he had to tie me up when he went to work, which was BORING and not fun at all. I am “well connected” and we clever types hear stuff you know … so I heard about this place for dogs, a hotel almost, and it sounded great. One day, I chewed through my rope and set off for DogTown, and arrived just before closing time at the gate. I hung around until I was spotted and then simply signed myself in. Easy as that! And what a place! Food twice a day. No ropes. No tying up. And best of all, I scored a new girlfriend too! Such a lucky boy I am. I am handsome and sweet. The best mix ever. I love people and enjoy walking, although I am not so keen on the lead idea, but I see it is part of the whole “walkies” thing, so I guess I will have to just work through my fear of restraint. I am a versitile and ready for action guy, waiting to change someones life into the best life ever!
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Oct 17 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Duke is a stunning Bouvier X, male +- 3 yr's. He is a bit shy when you meet him, but quickly warms up and becomes a lap dog He is the perfect companion dog.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 15 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, Riviera (Gauteng) Lost on Oct 11, 2014 Grey Scottish fold cat with yellow eyes, medium fur - very people-shy.
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URGENT APPEAL - Daxie Rescue Foster Appeal
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 25 2013
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 - PACT Dinner & Dance - 31/10
Last updated on Monday, Sep 22 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:
Saints Charity shop
Event Details
Last updated on Monday, Mar 18 2013

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

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

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

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Last updated on Friday, Aug 01 2014
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PET TIP
CHEWING
Chewing is a normal and natural thing for young puppies to do and it’s needed to maintain the health of your dog’s teeth. To dogs all objects are possible chew toys. Dogs also chew to relieve anxiety and boredom. After all there are only so many things pup can do to keep him or herself entertained, while you are not around.

When a pup lives with a human, it is the human’s job to teach him what’s OK to chew and what’s not OK to chew.
Chew training a puppy usually takes 1-3 months, and there may be times you can’t actively supervise his activities.

Always set up pup for success, when you are not around and mistakes can happen,
Confine your pup to a comfortable safe area; such as a single room this must contain a comfortable bed, a bowl of water, a doggy toilet (if not yet housetrained), and 6-7 freshly stuffed chew toys. These chew toys must be the only things available to chew.
In this environment your pup is training himself to chew toys and these chew toys will become much more desirable for your dog to chew as opposed to carpets, shoes etc.
We confine pup to prevent your dog from chewing inappropriate items around the house and to maximize the chance of a chew toy habit developing.
Praise, praise, praise each time your pup chews something right. REWARD good behaviour IGNORE bad behaviour.

Your dog will learn to settle down and entertain himself with his chew toys as soon as you leave in the morning, and he will probably search for chew toys when he wakes.

Chew toys should be indestructible and no consumable.
Examples of chew toys: Kongs, sterilized long bones, hooves that can be stuffed with treats.
Squeeze a piece of liver in the small hole of the Kong, fill the rest of the hole with part of his daily meal (if kibble moisten it first) and then put the Kongs in the freezer.
As the food thaws, it starts to fall out and this reinforces your pup to play with the chew toy, which in return will release more food. What fun.
Until your pup is fully chew toy-trained, feed all his meals from chew toys, or hand feed meals as rewards when you notice your dog is chewing a chew toy.

If a mistake ever happens, it’s your fault. Don’t shout at the dog especially if he is no longer chewing your new Jimmy Choo he will not relate your ranting to the new chew toy he found on the floor.
All he’ll learn is “when you come home, I get punished.”  Making him more anxious and more likely to chew even more worrying about your arrival home.
If you catch pup in the act of chewing your new shoes, offer him a yummy chew toy in exchange for the shoe. This will also teach pup to release stuff you ask him for. If you just snatch the shoe off pup he will learn that when he sees you approaching while he is chewing down on his new found toy, you are going to take away his toy and fun and he will learn to run away or even worse develop a chewing habit in private.
Happy Training.

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