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WANT TO ADOPT ME?
Hi, my name is Lola
I am a Female - spayed Boston Terrier.

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Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 10 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Finn
I am a Male - neutered Burmese. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Monday, Sep 15 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Jess & Jamie
I am a Male / Female Boerboel X , Mastiff. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Thursday, Sep 11 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
CHANCE
1 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Aug 04 2014
Hi there. I am sure you know many of these quotes and sayings - “Chance in a million”; “Take a chance”; “Chance of a lifetime”; “You’ll never know if you don’t take a chance”; well my name is Chance and I can relate to these sayings and be thankful that a very unique 5 star hotel called DogtownSA took a “Chance” on me. My name is Chance and I was found on a dumpster after being involved in a very bad fight and left by some really nasty humans. But have no fear there are some wonderful peeps still out there and one such person saw my plight and rescued me. I was taken to a vet for help where I had many stitches and lots of medication to put me back together again. My lucky stars were really there for me as this peep contacted the DogtownSA family and they make a special plan to take of me. Even though I was still very scared and uncertain of what my outcome could be I put on my brave face (stitches and all) and kept telling myself that I would be okay and I would be safe. Well guys, I was right. Quickly I found out that my fears were totally unfounded as my new family took me in and treated me better that I had ever imagined was possible. I have awesome carers who look after me and spoil me daily with yummy food and chews as well as peanut butter hooves and furry ice lollies to lick during the day. I also get lots of visits from my carers and volunteers who sit with me, chat to me and I get so excited and roll over and entice them into giving me tummy rubs which I loooovvve so much. I cannot tell you just how happy it makes me feel cos I know they are very busy, but I try and get them to stay as long as possible giving them many thank you kisses in return. One of my bestest treats is going out on regular walks with my carer and I wear a comfortable harness and lead. Whilst we are out I have been shown how to do various obedience exercises so on the way we stop and do these I get lots of special yummy treats and cuddles. I love smelling all the many scents along the way and at times get so involved that I need to get to the next one rather too quickly so pull on the lead. I am learning that this is not the most appropriate behavior but with the special training I am receiving from my gentle carer I am slowing down my pace and learning to walk more calmly at my carer’s side. I also get many days when we go to the large play area where I can run around without my lead, play and let off steam until I am really exhausted. So all you awesome peeps out there if you are a family who would like to adopt me and “take a Chance on me” cos as they say in life “One chance is all you need” I will make you so very proud and be your forever special furkid and lavish all my love and affection on you every single minute of every single day.
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MANDY
2 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 22 2014
Oh Mandy well, you came and you gave without taking. But they sent you away. Oh, Mandy well, you kissed us and we stopped you from shaking. And you need a home today. Oh, Mandy! Did you see what I did there I tweaked the Barry Manilow song Mandy to tell you my story. I'm really talented like that. I'm also really good at these good manners everyone keeps talking about around here. When I see that bowl of food approaching or one of those live treat dispensers, my bum hits the floor quicker than you can say sit :) I’ve had to put up with some shady humans before I found my way to Dogtown SA, so I can be a little aloof when I first meet you. Don’t worry; once I trust you I’m all love <3. I’m also a little nervous around other furkids, but my DogtownSA family is all about helping me find new friends and boosting my confidence. If you would like to audition to be my new family you can contact my agent at adoptions@barkingmad.co.za and hopefully they will think you are a good match for me and we can live happily ever after :) So what you waiting for send them an email now :)
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KEITH & BIANCA
3 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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COOPER
4 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 14 2014
Howdie Doodie. My name is Cooper and often I hear my nickname as “Super Duper Cooper” from my carer which makes me feel very special. I am one of the “older” residents at the Shady Pines Village at DogtownSA . My journey was been somewhat bumpy and very unpredictable. I was found in Southfield in the Cape and at that time I was extremely hungry and had bad skin problems which made me very sad as I really am a handsome gent. I also had other “male” issues which I know do come with age but are rather embarrassing. I was taken to a rescue centre in the area but they had very limited space and even though they wanted to help me it was difficult for them. Then, believe it or not a new manager who had been working with rescues like me in Gauteng joined this particular centre and, with his connections suddenly I was on the move. I was put on a plane and flown all the way to Gauteng and as I emerged at the other end, I was greeted by some very kind peeps who drove me to this 5 star hotel DogtownSA. I really thought I had flown over the rainbow because I was just so wowed out by such caring and friendly peeps. Even at my age I was getting so spoilt –it was a m a z I n g! It truly was a whole new experience for me and the love and attention that I received was simply awesome. Here they took into consideration my advanced years and did not try to make me do anything that I couldn’t manage. As I started to get stronger I was even taken on short walks. I love these walks and they are not too far for me as my legs still do get a little tired but I am always allowed to dictate the pace and on my return having thoroughly enjoyed myself, I climb on my suuper duuper couch and relax. My carer makes sure I am warm and comfortable and often stays and sit with me giving me many cuddles and kisses and then we snuggle up together. I also have very smart jackets that I get to wear in this cold weather and look so handsome I could easily model for the top fashion houses and strut my stuff!!!!!!! I even have a special visitor who brought me a very smart jacket and comes to see me when she can. She lets me lie on her knee and gives me so many cuddles and kisses that I feel like I am the most important “oldie” furry in the world. I am very fortunate as well as my little dwelling is in a prime position to observe all the comings and goings at DogtownSA and as such all the carers and volunteers make a huge fuss of me as they arrive. Although I am older I still have a lot to offer in love and friendship and my dream is to find a forever home where I can give back all my loyalty and affection.
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YOGI
5 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
They call me a social butterfly because I have so many friends at the centre. I really do enjoy playing with friends. I once had a loving home and I loved to play with my family but sadly I was dumped :( But I don't let that get me down, I know there is a proper forever family out there for me. Preferably one with none of those feline creatures, the taunt me and make me do silly things.So I was wondering if you would like to adopt me and make me a part of your family. You wont regret it.
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SOX
6 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, May 20 2014
My name is Sox and I am one of the mature residents at DogtownSA. My start in life was very unhappy where my first 3 years were spent in a factory yard, where I had very limited contact with humans and none with other dogs. I was just left to my own devices and had to find ways of keeping myself entertained. My “owners” finally abandoned both the factory and myself and I was sent to a shelter in Hillcrest where my existence marginally improved with a little more contact and love from humans. This all changed when, by default, I went to live at DogtownSA. Here the humans showered me with love and attention and even allowed me to spend time with other dogs. I must confess though, I am not too keen on males or dogs bigger than myself but I can learn to get along with smaller lady furkids. I am also not too keen on cats as they remind me of my unhappy past in the factory yard. I now regularly go on walks wearing a harness, which is much more comfortable, as I do suffer from a skin condition, which is being well kept under control by my amazing DogtownSA family. When we go on these walks my carer stops and explains the difference between good and bad behavior. I really enjoy these stops as I get lots of yummy treats and cuddles when I master the exercises. These were things that I was never taught when I was younger, living a sad life in the factory. I must also confess one thing that I am finding difficult to master is my Houdini instinct to jump out of my run and go and visit these kind DogtownSA people who give me so much love and attention. I have found that wagging my stumpy tail and wiggling my bum gets me lots of cuddles as well from the numerous volunteers that like to sit with me and they brush me gently which I do so adore. What I am really longing for is a forever home where my new family will continue teaching and loving me and in return I will give them all the affection my little wiggly waggly body can offer.
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MAX
7 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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FOUND - Midrand
8 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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MICHAEL
9 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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ANGEL
10 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 22 2014
Hello all you wonderful peeps out there, my name is Angel and I believe that my name has brought me incredible luck. You see, just when I thought my life as a stray, having to scavenge for food and be careful of where I laid my furhead down to sleep was not going to change, my very own special Angel must have seen my plight and sent a caring human to help me. Yes sireeee, this human managed to get me a booking at Hotel DogtownSA which is an amazing “dog guesthouse” for furries like me. I honestly know I am one of the luckiest furries in the world! In fact, every day I give myself a shake to make sure I am not dreaming. I have awesome carers who look after me and spoil me every day. They come and see me very often and give me really yummy food and talk to me and play with me. I also have lots of toys that I can chew and not get scolded as well as peanut hooves and furry ice lollies to lick during the day. When my carers and volunteers come and sit with me I roll over and manage to coax them into giving me lots of tummy rubs which I loooovvve so much. It makes me feel so warm and content and I know they are very busy, but I try and get them to stay as long as possible so persuade them with lots of licks and kisses. Another one of my treats is being taken out on regular walks. My carer puts a comfortable harness and lead on me and off we go and at certain stages en route we stop and have treats and cuddles. I get lots of really yummy treats as well cos at these times I am asked to do sits and downs and the quicker I managed to do the exercises, the more treats I am given . On the walk I love smelling all the interesting scents along the way and at times get so involved that I want to get to the next one rather too quickly and pull on the lead. So I am still learning that this is not the most desirable behavior but with the special training I am receiving from my gentle carer I am slowing down my pace a tad or two and learning to walk much more calmly at my carer’s side. I must say that whilst learning these new skills we also get days when we go to the large play area where I can run around without my lead, play and jump up and down on lots of jumps and agility equipment and let off steam until I am really exhausted. I have had times in this play area where I have met some of the other furries who also stay at this hotel and we have great times together. I have heard it said that one of them may soon become my roomy as I do so love playing games. So all you awesome peeps out there if you are a family who would like to adopt me and maybe have a furkid who loves to play and romp who is looking for a pretty furkid, we could get together. We could all go to doggy school and continue to learn more obedience skills . I will promise to make you very proud of me and be your forever special angel to lavish all my love and affection on you every single minute of every single day.
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JoJo
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
Jojo came up from the coast from an environment of physical abuse which often seems to be the order of the day. This was evident by the number of scares and wounds found all over her body when she arrived at DogtownSA. In spite of all this Jojo still managed to portray a personality of exuberance and zest for life. Her infectious wiggling and excitement when one enters her run is both contagious and enjoyable for handlers and volunteers who come to play with her and take her out on her walks. She loves to be brushed and cuddled while lazing on her couch and will snuggle into whoever is willing to give her the chance to show her affection. While out on walks she takes full advantage of all the exciting smells and sights and constantly reminds the walker that for this short time she is out walking she is the focal point and expects their full attention. This is achieved by her uncanny ability to become “a tug boat” and pull the walker around the trail at a pace suited only to Jojo. She is however learning that this is not a recognized DogtownSA behavior and will slow down when given the appropriate correction and tasty reward. Due to Jojo’s past before coming to DogtownSA she would prefer a forever environment where she is the only furkid and can receive all the attention that she deserves.
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PRINCESS
12 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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PATRICK
13 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 15 2014
I am adorable. So I have been told. I have the cutest little wrinkles on my forehead and my nutty trainer kisses them and tells me she just can’t help herself because I am SO cute! I am compact and cute – you can’t beat that!!! I have to say that I have two names, as Patrick is SO formal, so I am also known as “Pudding”. I live with “Porgie” and “Pie”, aka George and Zack – and us three “dogskasteers” rule our run. I have absolute faith that out there is a special person who will see that I am indeed as sweet as Pudding and as noble as my name Patrick suggests. I am both loving and strong you know – like all guys should be. I may be a little short, buy I am taller than some dogs, so I don’t let that get me down. Come by and kiss me soon.
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GRACE
14 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jun 12 2014
Good day, my name is Grace. Some time ago, my brother Will and I took off on an adventure. We left our previous humans to find a better life "out there". For some days we wandered the back streets and fields and some rather shady areas, avoiding traffic and finding our own snacks. This was somewhat tiresome and stressful, so we hung around a nice man's boarding kennels until he decided we had better go to Dogtown (for finishing school). We like it here, as we get loads of food and snacks! I enjoy that part a LOT! I am what my trainer calls "easy going". She told me I am beautiful too, and I have learnt to sit and down. I keep my house very neat, and I have good manners too! I never try to escape, or run out of the gate, and I always sit gracefully (that's my name and my game!)for my food. I play nicely with my brother and I love being brushed and loved. I'm really deep, and I often just take some time out to lie in the sun and think about life, and the meaning of all that is. I am currently in a "training programme" to refine some of my skills, like "stay", "heel" and so on. I hope to be able to attend the classes here soon, and holding paws that my new humans (I know you're coming soon!) Will keep training me, as I really like learning new stuff.
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ASHLEY
15 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 16 2014
Hiya folks, my name is Ashley, or Ash, or Smashlee for short. I am a super charged girl and with our without my sister Mary-Kate, I am pretty certain I can take on the world – nothing much scares me. I adore people. I really do love a good loving session, cuddles, walkies, and lots of attention. I love helping out around the place and enjoy getting snacks and treats. I used to live with some other fur-kids, but my dad couldn’t keep us all anymore, so he sent Mary-Kate and I away for some finishing school time, and we are now ready to come and lighten up your life. I don’t have to live with my sis, but I do love her a lot, so maybe we will be super lucky and find a home together where we can live out our days playing and running! I love to run, and I really enjoy my chews and bones. I am very fond of special treats, and have a preference for tasty food…. When I have been playing a lot, I like to jump into my water bowl with my front paws for a quick manicure, a super “wash n clean” system I worked out all by myself! I am also super unique because I am no ordinary Jack Rascal, I am a wire haired version, and if I may say so, very pretty too! I get along with some dogs, but I am quite bossy, so I need to be in charge most of the time, and I get impatient if dogs don’t listen to my instructions all the time! But that’s ok, I am working on that. I am very good at learning new things, so most things are easy peasy for me!
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 17 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Sheba is the sweetest 8 month old collie girl that has been surrendered to our kennels. She has a very easy going personality and is quite a laid back and gentle girl. She is good with other dogs and very fond of people. She is an intelligent girl who learns quickly, and would love daily exercise in her new home. She loves to spend time with us and always greets us at the gate with a smile on her face, and she likes to follow us around in the camp! She will make the most beautiful family pet, and she REALLY deserves the chance. The adoption fee of R550 includes sterilization, vaccinations and de-worming. Please call Clare on 0836974759 or e-mail clarebez@gmail.com to adopt Sheba.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 17 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - PRETORIA, Missing - Dorandia, Pretoria north since around 8 September. Attached is a photo of Levi, please let me know if someone has dropped him off at the shelter. Thanks. Bernedine 0842674859 Mense Levi se eienaars is nog steeds opsoek na hom! Hy het weg geraak in Dorandia area....kyk asb uit vir hom! Levi is 'n 9 jarige kortbeen jack Russell, hy het vermis geraak laas week in Dorandia agter Picknpay. Hy is baie vriendelik en hou baie van mense. Sy stertjie is baie kort en onder sy onder lip by sy ken het hy swart vlekkies. Hy het ongelukkig nie 'n bandjie aangehad nie. Die foto wat op is, is 'n hele paar jaar terug geneem, hy lyk nog dieselfde net bietjie ouer . Julle kan my kontak op 082 053 3918. Baie dankie vir elkeen se hulp.
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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 - Summer Loving
Last updated on Thursday, Dec 05 2013
Dog Town

Summer Loving

By Karishma

Love is in the air in the rehab section of DogtownSA. The serendipitous pairing of Wendy and Ricky are head-over-heels and enjoying every moment of summer together. From siestas to escape the sun and curling up in their cozy doggie bed to wait out a thunderstorm, for these two furries the world is turning out to be a much happier place to share.

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FUNDRAISING - SMS Campaign for Bull Terrier Rescue - ongoing
Last updated on Friday, Sep 12 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:
Furry Feeders
Saturday, Sep 21 2013
Event Details
Last updated on Thursday, Jan 16 2014
Furry Feeders
Become a furry feeder of a BarkingMads/DogtownSA TODAY and help us feed the furkids. Your name will proudly be displayed on our Furry Feeder wall for all to see, just how pawsome you are :) PLEASE email pat@barkingmad.co.za
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SPONSOR A PET
Hi, my name is BOBBIE
I am a Female - spayed Shepherd Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

Click here to find out more
Last updated on Sunday, Aug 24 2014
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PET TIP
STEALING
When your dog steals something do you chase after him trying to get it back?  
Don’t play this game of chase anymore.  You are reinforcing an unwanted behaviour. The more attention you give him for stealing something, the more he’ll steal.    
As long as it’s not dangerous ignore him when he steals something, he’ll stop pretty soon if there is no reinforcement involved. Write the incident off to your mistake, as you are the one who left it lying around in the first place. Remember prevention is better than cure.
Make sure he can’t get to items, which are off-limits. Keep tables and counters completely free of food and other fun chewables; keep the laundry out of your dogs reach for several months until he no longer looks there for fun.  He is stealing this stuff to entertain himself so rather have plenty of yummy chew treats to keep him busy and make sure he is getting exercise and his mind is being stimulated with fun games. If your dog has stolen something you need to take back. Don’t just take the article from him this will only teach him that when he has his fun toy and you come towards him, his fun is going to stop and he will begin to hide with his stolen items. Instead offer him something much better a great big yummy chew toy, not only will he drop the stolen item for you to get back but he will be occupied with this new yummy treat and he will completely forget his stolen item. This will also make him happy when he sees you approaching because good things come from you.

Reference: (page (110)
The new dog owner’s guide to  Positive reinforcement puppy training – Suzanne L. Harris


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