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Hi, my name is Chum Lee
Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 22 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Trio
I am a Male - neutered Domestic. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 30 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Toby
I am a Male - neutered Border Collie. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Thursday, Oct 23 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
TESSA
1 of 15
Last updated on Friday, May 09 2014
No time to stop for idle chitchat, this modern wonder woman is way too busy shattering the glass ceiling. After all girls rule the world! Tessa is always one step ahead of the game and eager for new activities to wrap her bright border collie brain around. From being a whizz at obedience and agility training to outsmarting tricky brain toys, Tessa always comes up tops. Proudly flying the feminist flag, Tessa likes calling the shots and furry boys here at DogtownSA have learned to tow the Tessa line. ? Being a highflying female is hard work; and there is nothing better than a having a home sweet home to kick back and relax in. Next on Tessa’s to do list is finding the perfect forever family to share her enthusiasm and catapult her into the good life. Could that be with you?
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Ethan
2 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 24 2014
If only I were brave and strong, No monsters or evils would frighten me. I’d laugh at danger and be fancy-free, I’d hold the world between my paws Courageously defending the four-legged cause. Alas I am no fearless King Kong, I’m just a shy guy looking for somewhere to belong. We just love our oh-so-shy budding poet Ethan! While he may be tall dark and handsome with a magnificent ridge, Ethan has been a little scarred by the big-bad-world. But here at DogtownSA everyday is about love, fun and family! With every new happy experience this shy guy is just that little bit braver <3 A gentleman with a heart of gold, Ethan is always eager to share the company of the furry four-legged ladies of DogtownSA (he keeps a special space in his heart for roomie and ladylove Mademoiselle Coco.) While he is a little reserved around new humans, all he needs is that special someone to believe in him and he will be their loyal knight forever more. Could you be the one to show Ethan the world, shining in shimmering splendor?
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JOCK
3 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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BULLIE & BOKKIE
4 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 14 2014
I am Bully and am going to tell you about my lady-furkid companion called Bokkie and myself and how lucky we were to have come to this suuupppper dooppper hotel DogtownSA to live. Our family moved from their house into a small retirement village and unfortunately for us, were not allowed to take us with them. When we realized there was going to be a huge change I got very scared cos I know there are not many places that can or will take on a charismatic couple like us!! You see we Jack Russells love to have space to run around in and we both have been used to playing and romping around together for quite a few years now and the idea of moving was rather unnerving. Then, luckily our prayers were answered and we were brought to this special place where we were both made to feel so welcome and cared for. We live in a little house with a small garden and guess what; there is a huge big igloo as well for each of us in case we want our own space. We get lots of visits from both our caregivers and volunteers and they give us so many yummy treats and come and sit in with us and give us hugs and cuddles and make us feel very special. 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. Just like the old days. Bokkie has lots of energy and loves to be in front surging forward at times but then gets a gentle reminder from our carer that this is not the best behavior for little furgals and then quickly she gets back in line. I have had the “pleasure” of meeting some of the other residents at this great place and must say they are pretty cool considering they are not “Jackies”. We would dearly like to find our forever home where we could stay together and be part of a loving family. We would give you endless days of fun and happiness and go on as many walks and outings as you want to go on.
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BUDDY
5 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
“Buuuddy” as we call this little “Star”, is one of our longest residents at DogtownSA. When he was a little “Bud” (a littlie) very naughty kids put a rope around his neck and swung him around. Well, as you can imagine, that takes a great deal of effort to get over. But our “Star” is very resilient. He still doesn’t like anything being put near or around his neck but the caregivers are constantly encouraging him to conquer his uncertainties. Knowing all this our little “Star” has an amazing ability to help raise all the delinquent puppies that come to DogtownSA. He teaches them all the good doggie manners that the kids he knew never had, so that these puppies will be ready to go to their forever homes with no bad habits. Buddy is looking for a very special family that will give him time to grow and gain more confidence. His dream is to live with this family and be able to run around their garden, play with their other dogs and know that he will never be hurt again, could that be you?
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ARCHER
6 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 17 2014
Hi peeps my name is Archer and unfortunately my act of being cupid and sending arrows of love fared well for the humans but didn’t fare so well for me. My owner ‘s beau had a dog that didn’t see eye to eye with me and unfortunately when they moved in together, this obviously caused a bit of tension. So being the truly gallant and chivalrous young furkid, I took the option to move on so that they could enjoy their new home together. At first things weren’t so good and I spent some time in a boarding kennel but just when I was feeling very disheartened my fate changed and I was brought to this very special 5 star hotel called DogtownSA which caters for furkids who need a little bit of extra help to get back on their four paws. Initially I had no idea of what to expect and was very nervous and shouted at the furries nearby to leave me alone. I was also apprehensive of the peeps because I was missing my owner. But gradually as I settled in I knew I was going to be safe. I am really lucky as I have very special carers who come and talk to me, sit with me, bring me great toys and best of all take me for walks. I get so excited that I find it difficult to contain myself and jump up and down showing off and getting rather too animated cos I feel as if I am about to burst with joy. I know I have to control this and my carers are being very gentle with me so that I learn how to behave correctly. I am also learning not to shout so much to the other visitors and they give me suuuppper doopper treats for behaving more calmly. My carers are teaching me that pulling is not a desirable behaviour while out walking and I am learning very quickly to take it slower and with the good instruction I am receiving I will soon be happily walking along at my carer’s side. When we get to the play area we play lots of ball games which I really love and what is so great is that the better behaved I am the longer we get to stay and play. I am just the luckiest furry there is!!! One of my other favourite things is my breakfast in the morning as it comes in a very special big slow feeder that has lots of little mounds in it filled with food and I have great fun getting all the yummy pieces out. I love these types of toys and have great fun pushing this one all over my little garden. My dream is to once again live in a forever home with a family on which I can lavish my love and appreciation especially if frequent walks and games could also be part of my new way of life. I would also like to continue with my obedience classes and if I could have a fellow furkid as well that would complete my lifelong dream!
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GEOFFREY
7 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I am one super duper sexy boy! I am so pretty, and yet strong and ready for anything! I have the softest fur, but its not too long, so I am super easy to keep clean. I am currently living alone, because my roomie was adopted (was so happy for her!), but I don’t mind either way, as I am not one of those deep sulky types… just an open book I am. I lived on the streets for a while, it was ok, I got fed by some kind people, but as I didn’t really have one owner, it was not safe for me to carry on like that – you know how dangerous the streets are these days… and so I ended up here at DogTown and get luxury accomodation while I wait for my new digs… which I know are coming soon… I can just feel it. Come and see me sometime, I will always make you welcome and show you how special I am.
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LUCY
8 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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HAWKING
9 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jun 12 2014
My name is Hawkings, aka Hawkie. The people at Dogtown call me Hawks, Hawkie-pie, Hawkie Porks - I've learnt to listen out for all these nick-names, so that I score big time cuddles and treats. I am a special needs dog, because I am special. I had a little "run in" with a car (I thought I could take it on!) when I was younger, and this mishap slowed me down for a bit. A really cool dude called Picane saw me, noticed my brilliant potential, spark and jois de vive, and arranged for me to come to his work at Dogtown. I can do whatever any other dog does, and have not one, but TWO sets of wheels - what other pooch can claim that? Because I am so unique and amazing (oh and did I say handsome???) I get whatever I want - massage, brushing, food - and sometimes I even get carried around! I have my minions at Dogtown well trained!!! I am so clever that I am almost telepathic! I have to tell the other dogs how to behave sometimes, as they can be so - well - lower class at times - I mean really!!!
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CHARKA
10 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 15 2014
Hi guys I wonder if you know the song – “On the road again - Just can't wait to get on the road again” The reason I am asking is because that was my theme tune. I have had a rather unsettling and precarious start in my furry life which saw me on the road for some eight months where I really had to live off my wits and take shelter in some of the most uncomfortable places and at times have a very empty tummy, which made me miserable. Then the “road I was on” took a turn that would change my situation forever. Amazing people from a special place called DogtownSA were trying to coax me to come to them and after seeing them on numerous occasions sitting near to my hideways, leaving tasty food yet not attempting to upset me in any way, I finally relented and allowed them to take me into their care and back into a safe secure lifestyle. Not in my wildest dreams did I realize what a wonderful decision this would turn out to be. I suddenly had a place to sleep and was given such tasty food and allowed to settle in at my own pace. Then after an initial period at this 5 star hotel I was introduced to a lovely young furkid called Penny and now we spend most of our days playing and romping around together. She has helped me in many ways showing me all the little things I need to know and how to learn to trust and accept all the super carers and volunteers that come to see us so often. I didn’t realize just how caring peeps could be. One of the bestest times we have is when we get to go on many walks together with our carers and volunteers. We wear comfortable leads and harnesses and are able to stop and smell all the interesting scents and shrubs en route. On the trail at certain places we stop and do sits and downs and then guess what --- get yummy treats for being so clever and responding so quickly. I bet you are jealous!!!!! Then when we get back to our little house and are feeling a wee bit tired, we take a nap and I lie down next to Penny and have forty winks in the sun whilst she lies on top of her special wooden house and also has a snooze. Life is just soooooooo cool and I know I will never go back to “the road” again. Nevertheless I do still have a dream that I would love to come true and that is to find my forever family where I can cuddle up with my own human and be a devoted best friend and companion. To make this dream perfect it would be just magic for there to be another furkid and if they don’t have one I would love to bring my furgal and together we could have many years of fun and happiness.
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ZACK
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 23 2014
I am Zack. I am. I am also MUCH bigger than I look. Its just a trick of the light. You THINK I am small, but really I am huge. I have no idea why I am always looking at paws and shoes. I think that maybe I need special glasses or something. Plus I have enormous teeth. But I like eating the smallest doggie cubes....I dont get it. I LOVE my treats and really adore some people too. Some I feel just dont deserve my trust. Pfffft. Thats me. But I am learning a little bit every day. Some days I learn really fast. I call those "polony days", cos thats when my trainer sings the Polony song to me and I try hardest on those days. Mostly to stop her singing. But dont tell her that please. Someone hurt me once and I never forgot, so I feel really, really bad when I hurt people and so I try not too. I want to be patted SO MUCH, but sometimes I get a little afraid and the decide I really dont want to be patted after all. Then I change my mind and want it again. I am working on trying to be ok with this. I get along well with my room mates, Pat and George. I think they know that I am bigger than them or something. I am really looking for my special soul mate.......
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KANSAS
12 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 09 2014
Ok peepsicles, I don't know why but I have been here since I was a wee puppy and somehow I have been overlooked. My caregiver tells me I'm beautiful and there should be families clamoring to adopt me but they always seem to want a puppy or a mature dog. I seem to be at an age where I'm too young or too old. I'm appealing to you all to look at me and see I am just a girl standing in front of a human asking you to love me. I love walks and to play games, so I'm hoping to be a part of a family that wants a dog to go jogging with and to have fun in the garden. At the moment I live with the crazy that is Tristan and he's a handful, so I'm hoping if there is a furkid in the family that they like to play and also know when to just chill. I'm trying to teach my roomie that at the moment but he seriously does not have an off switch.Soooo if you would like to come and meet me please email adoptions@barkingmad.co.za. To know me is to love me <3 * Unable to adopt Kansas? 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, all SA networks.
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SHANDY
13 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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PRINCESS
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
My name is Princess and I consider myself one of the luckiest furkids on the block. You see when I was younger I used to dream of living in a place where I would be given yummy food and treats, meet people who would treat me with kindness and have furry friends to play with and even be able to go on walks together. Unfortunately this was completely opposite to my real life but then suddenly my Fairy Godmother came along and guess what my dream came true!!!!! It all happened after I had been hurt by one of those strange things that travel fast on the roads and somebody took me to a place where I was given help for my very sore wounds on my leg and because this place could only keep me for a short time, they called a very special “Doggy hotel” called DogtownSA to see if they had any vacancies. My luck was really changing because they did and I was taken there and my wishes started to come true. I now know what the name Princess means cos I have been treated like one ever since I arrived!!!! I have a great variety of food and treats and live with a very spunky little Jack Russell called Bolt and we run around our garden, chasing the ball and having many games during the day. Even though my leg gets a little stiff sometimes in the cooler mornings and evenings, I can still give him a good run for his money chasing the ball, so he has to be very quicker to get there first. The last part of my dream that I believe is waiting for me, just around the corner, would be to live in a “forever” home with a family who will give me their love and affection and if they have a fellow furkid or even two, we could all live together.
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ELIZABETH
15 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 16 2014
Hi there. My name is Elizabeth and I would love to meet you so that I can show off my talents to you and sing my favorite song!! You see I know my name is really rather regal and you might well think of Queen Elizabeth but I am much more fun! I am just like the Beatles song from the old days called “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” hehehehe. Yes, sireé, honestly the words from the song realllllllyyyy do describe me very well. So rather than just imagining that I am singing them to you why not come and meet me at DogtownSA and I will try my best to “sing” to you, even though it might be a little out of tune!!! Here I go “You make me dizzy, Miss Lizzy, The way you rock and roll, you make me dizzy, Miss Lizzy, when we do the stroll. Come on, Miss Lizzy, Love me before I grow too old.” I must admit that whilst I sing I run around in my garden with my boyfriend Hawkey and because he is paralysed from the middle of his spine, I have devised a type of rock and roll dance that we can do together. At times I do make him a little too dizzy cos I have so much energy whilst I am dancing but he doesn’t mind, he tells me that he loves to see me so happy and showing off. You see when I first arrived I was very frightened of people as I had come from a very scary place and just wanted to hide away. This amazing hotel DogtownSA has, with the aid of very super carers and volunteers helped me to learn to trust again and realize that I do not have to hide from anything. Now I am full of energy and smile all the time. I also know I need to make up for my “fur-man” not being able to do the moves so easily and he has told me he just loves watching me wriggle my body around and giving him lots of big grins. At times I tend to get a little too excited and jump up and down trying to get the moves spot on. My dream is to find a forever home with humans who would take great delight in dancing with me and training and teaching me groovy “lady like “moves and I will always try my best to make you very proud of taking me into your home.
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Monday, Oct 20 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, Josh is a gorgeous bull terrier who was rescued from a township after being stabbed. He is a neutered, 2 year old boy. He is a real pleaser, loving and super special. We are working with him to get him socialised with other pets. He needs a special home.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Friday, Oct 24 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - PRETORIA, This female dog was found in Cunningham avenue Waverley. Please contact Louise Kloppers if it is your dog or know the owner 0823397503
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URGENT APPEAL - Benoni SPCA Open Day - ongoing
Last updated on Wednesday, Jan 22 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 - PACT Raffle - 31/10
Last updated on Friday, Sep 26 2014
Dog Town
Hi All,

An extra R500 could go a long way when doing your shopping. Purchase a ticket for only R25 and you could win a R500 SPAR shopping voucher. 
All proceeds go to our furbabies in the kennels/catteries.
Winners will be announced on the 31st of October 2014.

Let us know if you would like a Raffle sheet or you could purchase a ticket by doing an direct deposit.

Spread the news and Good luck!

Banking Details:
Account Name: Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment
Acc No:62451227815
Branch Code: 220529
Ref: (YOUR NAME+SPAR RAFFLE)

Please send POP to pact4068@gmail.com so that we can track, else your entry may not be counted. 
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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 GEOFFREY
I am a Male - neutered Terrier Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

Click here to find out more
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
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PET TIP
BITE INHIBITION
Puppies bite. Puppy biting and mouthing is natural. Since they do not have hands and opposing thumbs they use their mouths to play and investigate.

When you observe a litter of puppies there is a lot of mouthing going on. When pup bites too hard, his littermates yelp and stop playing with him.  The pup quickly learns that when he bites too hard, his buddies wont play with him, so he chooses to use a softer mouth on them. This is called Bite Inhibition and is an important lesson for the pup.

Forbidding a young puppy from biting altogether may offer immediate and temporary relief, but it is potentially dangerous because your puppy will not learn that his jaws can inflict pain. Puppy must be taught to inhibit the force of his bites (Ian Dunbar)

That cute little nibble will not be cute anymore once the puppy has grown into an adult. They need to learn this before they are four months old.

Teach your puppy to trust you this is necessary to tech your puppy about bite inhibition.
NEVER hit, slap or shout at the puppy, physical punishment will lose that trust. It will not stop the puppy from biting it will only scare and confuse him.

Make sure you are not reinforcing his biting behaviour. Grabbing the mouth and shouting at him is actually reinforcing him by giving him attention being that negative attention.

We need to teach puppy that while mouthing is ok he must stop when asked to , mouthing should only be initiated by you. We must teach puppy that he must not hurt you and he must know that he must not exert pressure at all when biting.
If your puppy is biting/ mouthing with pressure you must simply say “ouch” and turn away from him for 5 seconds and pretend to be licking your wounds, then return to the pup and say gently. This will teach the pup what his mother and littermates would have done and he will realise that when he bites his fun to goes away. The severity of the “ouch” must match the severity of the bite

If your pup acknowledges your "ouch" and stops biting, praise him and lure him to offer a different behaviour and offer him a yummy treat. If your pup ignores the "ouch" and continues biting, yelp "Owwwww!" and leave the room. Your puppy has lost his playmate. Return after a minute timeout and make up by lure-rewarding your puppy to come, sit, lie down, and calm down, before resuming play.
If puppy gets aroused by the ouch sound and has not decreased his biting after 3 attempts in a row, END your play session and try again later on in the day.
Even once your pup's biting no longer hurts, pretend that it does. Greet harder nips with a yelp of pseudo-pain. Your puppy will soon get the idea that humans are super sensitive.

The pressure of your puppy's bites will progressively decrease. Once your pup exerts NO pressure when mouthing, only then, teach him to reduce the frequency of his mouthing. Teach your pup that mouthing is ok until you request him to stop. Give him the command  ”leave”
Each time your pup stops mouthing reward him and begin playing again. Remember to give clear indication to your pup when your play/training session has ended. “All done”
Be persistent and consistent.
Reference: Dr Ian Dunbars Good little dog book (page 96-100)
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