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I'm a shy guy with a heart of gold

Sawyer, a shy guy with a heart of gold

Hi everyone. My name is Sawyer. My sister and I were found as strays close to Dogtown. We were really in desperate need of saving, I don’t think our other humans cared about us all that much. We had lots of ticks and we were very hungry. Although being picked up and brought to Dogtown […]

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Basic Words To Help Your Dog Adapt to Your New Baby

Basic words To Help Your Dog Adapt to Your     New Baby by Mary-Jane Gallagher South Africa is without a doubt a canine-loving nation with even celebs like J-Something and Pearl Thusi being self-proclaimed pooch lovers. While the humble dog has not been hailed man’s best friend without a very good reason there are some situations […]

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Strut Your Mutt – 7 September 2019

Come and join us on the 7th of September at DogtownSA for our annual Strut Your Mutt event. We would love to see all your rescued furkids entered into the various categories! The categories include: – Wiggliest Bum – Cutest Trick – Mr & Miss Rescue – Biggest Smile Entries are R50 each and you […]

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2020 Dogtown Calendar – Now Available

Dear Friends This time we decided to design our own 2020 Dogtown calendar, using paintings of 13 of our legendary dogs The size is A3 and ring-bound to hang on your wall and the cost is R160 per calendar.  We’ve featured the cover and January below.  If you’d like to see samples of other months, […]

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Learn to Speak Dog

So how many times have you looked at your dog and wondered what they are thinking? I know I do on a daily basis. So what if there was a way to help you understand the subtle language that your dog uses, you would want to know, right? Well, there is we just haven’t taken […]

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Aggression Workshop presented by Steve Mann

The most calls for help we receive for behaviour problems is for dog aggression. Now dog aggression is a description used loosely and not always the correct diagnosis. Most of the time when we are called on for help, the dog is actually displaying fear. As humans, we don’t always understand why something is making […]

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Top Ways to Include Your Furbaby in Your Fitness Routine

Top Ways to Include Your Furbaby in Your Fitness Routine By Mary-Jane Gallagher While it may seem like a harmless treat to give your beloved pooch his very own man-sized boerie roll when the next braai day rolls around, you could put your pet at risk of carrying too much weight. In fact, research reveals […]

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Wendy’s story

Joanna, one of the trainers at Dogtown, tells the story of Wendy’s journey at Dogtown from wary to adoptable. Wendy was named by Dogtown after her previous owners abandoned her and left her to look after herself and she ended up living under an old wooden Wendy house in an empty dwelling. After this wretched […]

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Luxury Accommodation for your furkids


Best Friends Pet Lodge is the ideal holiday resort for your dog(s) to stay while you are away.  We are based 20 minutes from Midrand, in the beautiful mountains between Hennops River and Hartbeespoort dam – This is truly a lovely relaxing holiday spot for dogs. Best Friends pet Lodge is run by qualified Dogtown […]

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Why Nose Work ?

Why Nose Work?

Why Nose work “Hi, my name is Sheena and I’m rehab’s top nose-work dog. Using my nose is a very important part of my daily routine. Many years ago, before we were domesticated, our noses were the main tool in our survival kit. We obviously had to eat and that meant finding and catching our […]

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