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Hi, my name is Portia
I am a Female - spayed German Shepherd X Collie.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Aug 19 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is "Fraya"
I am a Female Labrador. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Thursday, Aug 21 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Tigra
I am a Female Mastiff X. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Monday, Aug 25 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
RUSTY
1 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
My name is Rusty and my life was less than ideal up until a short while ago. I was constantly being ill-treated by some members of my owner’s family, then fortunately, at the point where things had become so unbearable my life changed as my owners had to sell and move to a flat. This gave me the opportunity to be rehomed and without me realizing at the time, finding a new place to live at DogtownSA has turned out to be the bestest thing that has ever happened to me. I must say, initially I was extremely wary as well as suspicious of all the attention I suddenly started receiving, as I was not used to humans showing me much affection or giving me yummy food. At my previous place I had not had regular dog food and definitely not nearly as tasty. I very soon learnt that the human affection was sooooo cool and another great treat was being taken out for great walks and regularly going to a large play area where I was able to run around off lead, play ball and games with my carer. I also practice and show off my obedience skills that I am learning, as well as going over agility equipment and it is such fun being able to do this and not worry that I might have done something wrong and get punished. When I do these exercises I get spoilt with yummy treats and cuddles which I am love. There are times as well when I get to meet other furries in the play area and that is also great fun. I just have to remember not to be too excited at first and jump too high for joy so I am learning to take the games a wee bit slower until the other furries get used to my playful ways. I really do love being at DogtownSA and being treated so well but my dream would be to find my own forever family. We could all go to doggy school together and continue to learn more obedience skills. I promise to make you very proud of me and be your forever special furry. I will be so pleased to lavish all my love and affection on you every single minute of every day.
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BOBBY
2 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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TOFFEE & ZENA
3 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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KEITH & BIANCA
4 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 30 2014
I have a question for all you amazing peeps out there – how would you like to have a handsome and happy (what a mixture!!!) four-legged furrie companion and his special furlady, whose tails are always wagging and ready at the drop of a “lead” to go on walks, whenever you want to go or, if you prefer, just to sit with you and keep you company? Well Bianca and I am your furries. My name is Keith and I am waiting for you at DogtownSA. I may not be quite as famous as Keith Richards and don’t have his musical skills but I can certainly try and howl out a tune or two for you. Nowadays I am such a happy guy and want to tell everybody about the angels Bianca and I have met at this special Hotel called DogtownSA. You see previously Bianca, and I were being treated badly and having to keep out of the way of humans but that has all changed and with the wonderful help of the carers at DogtownSA we have both learnt to trust and live life to the fullest again. We don’t have to hide away and are treated with such care and attention we sometimes think we have visited another planet or special star in the sky. Every day we get spoilt with yummy food and during the day have treats and visits from our special carers and volunteers coming by our house to see us and best of all take out for walks. Our carers come and sit with us and ask us to do little exercises and for that we get treats. How cool is that. Bianca, who is the prettiest furkid ever, is my true love and my dream is that we could both stay together in our forever home. She is still rather shy and takes a while to get to know strangers but she is a bright little girl and knows I will never let her get hurt again. Previously I protected her and made sure she was safe and so we really are a very loving couple and being together will make our dreams come true. I can assure you that the special family who will have us in their home will get soooooooooo much love and attention from us both and never be bored playing with us that we will all have many years of fun and happiness together.
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ROCKY
5 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 03 2014
Hi there guys my name is ROCKY. No not the boxer from the movies but a more handsome and impressive boytjie who, from the first moment you meet, all you want to do is give me oodles of cuddles and play games with me. You see, just like the boxer, I learnt that life gives you lots of challenges and they can be real tough. So I’m gonna tell you a few things about my life and what I have learnt since I came to this “real beaut of a place called DogtownSA”. You are goin’ to be reeeal jealous of what special treatment my carers have given me and how well they care for me. Unfortunately, I lost out on a lot of things at the beginning of my life and just like Rocky Balboa learnt that the world “ ain’t all sunshine and rainbows” it can be a mean and nasty place. Some scary mean dogs attacked me and hurt me real bad so I ended up in quite a state but lucky for me, my then “human” knew I needed some special care. He had heard of this unique 5-Star hotel that would take care of dudes like me. I was rather scared at first, so put on my brave face and even tried to look a bit scary and kept telling myself that I would be okay and things were going to change for me. Well guys, for once I was right. Quickly I found out that my fears were totally unfounded as the DogtownSA family took me in and treated me better that I had ever dreamed was possible. I was given my own garden to live in and had lots of people coming to see me and give me yummy treats and as if that wasn’t enough also take me for regular long walks. On some days I go to the play area and can run around without a lead and spend time sniffing in the bushes, playing ball with my handlers and have the bestest fun imaginable. I have been at Dogtownsa for quite some time and was hoping that maybe one of yous really good guys out there would be able to sponsor my stay and help keep me and support all these great carers at this hotel to continue to make sure dudes like me have a safe place to call home.
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LADY
6 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
“Well I’m all you'd ever want, I’m the kind you'd like to flaunt and take to dinner. Well I have a gorgeous face. I got style, I got grace, I’m a winner. My name is Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, call me Lady! Shake and rattle and roll Barking Madders, Lady here to brighten up your day. Any day now, my forever family is gonna fall in love with me but till that day I’ll keep shaking things up with my BFF Zeus and decoding these ‘brain’ toys for the DogtownSA peeps (they keep thinking they,’ll outfox me… as if!)” Lady is really is the best of worlds, beauty and brains! She holds the title of reigning Brain of DogtownSA: she is the only dog that cracked our tricky Dog Casino brain toy with her casual feminine finesse. Lady would be a playful addition to a furry family, and she’s hoping you’ll make the smart choice to take her home and love her forever ? Please check out her video on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4dLmeKVk2M
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CLAUDIA
7 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
I am Claudia. I am a little afraid of people, although I am slowly learning to be less and less afraid and I am starting to trust some people. I have come a long way, thanks to the help of a special volunteer at DogTown, who just sat with me for ages, and my caregiver who taught me to sit for my food. He also taught me to not be so scared to be touched all the time. I live with two roomies – Yogi and Dex. They are pretty cool and we all get along, but sometimes I need some space, so I get to be alone from time to time. I don’t mind, I usually get some cool treats or yummy dinner! I am very pretty too. I have started going to some training classes to help me a bit, and would love to start a new life with my forever family waiting out there somewhere………
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BUTCH
8 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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FOUND - Midrand
9 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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LUCY
10 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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KATIE
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 05 2014
There's something about Katie that just makes you want to cuddle her.She says that she wants a family that will take her to play parks and go on walks, she loves her brother Tom so in an ideal world she would love a home with her boet. They went through a lot together being almost feral when they came into DogtownSA. They really didn't understand what human touch was all about but meeting them now you would never know as they love their humans now. Katie asks if you are the pawfect home for her please contact adoptions@barkingmad.co.za and if you can't adopt her maybe you could sponsor her until her forever family comes along <3
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Hanni
12 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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JOCK
13 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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WIDGET
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 12 2014
Widget is the name and even though I'm no spring chicken I am still a puppy at heart. When I was rescued I met my new best friend Bobbie girl, she's a bit of a nervous girl so I make sure I look after her :) I'm that kind of guy. I enjoy a good meal so I have to watch the waistline just like my lady Bobbie he he so we are both presently on diets and a stringent work out plan. We went from rags to riches coming to this Dogtown hotel so it's took us a longtime to understand there will be another meal coming along. So we are finally starting to actually enjoy our meals and treats :) If you come and visit me at the centre you just need a bit of patience with my lady but she comes around once she sees I'm getting love and treats. I don't mean to be cheeky but don't arrive for a visit empty handed he he :) Bobby and Widget have become firm friends and they both have the sweetest, most gentle natures. We would love them to get a home together
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Nico & Apache
15 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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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, These two strays were found in Kraaifontein. Please network so we can find the owner. Please contact Helen at Animal Anti-Cruelty League Bellville - (021) 951 3010
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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 - 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 - Rainbow Nation Animals Fundraiser - 20/9
Last updated on Friday, Aug 22 2014
Dog Town
Join us for a fantastic show – “ 80’s Rewind ” , 4 course Food and Wine pairing dinner, and
experience true Red Carpet Treatment.
Get caught by the paparazzi as you arrive and cherish these memories for only R50.00 per
photo!
Raffles, auctions and so much more all in aid of these great charities!

WHERE - The Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia
WHEN - Saturday 20 September 2014
TIME - 18h30 for 19h00
DRESS CODE - Formal

TICKET PRICES
R425 per person, excluding VAT
Or book your table of 6 - R2550 excluding VAT
Or book your table of 8 - R3400 excluding VAT
BOOKING ESSENTIAL - BOOK NOW TO AVOID
DISSAPOINTMENT!!!
Contact Susan, Frances or Althea on 011 275 1699 or email: slaas@um.co.za
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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 ELIZABETH
I am a Female - spayed Labrador / Africanis Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 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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