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WANT TO ADOPT ME?
Hi, my name is Cody
Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 14 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is Molly
I am a Female - spayed Schnauzer. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Thursday, Oct 09 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Merlin
I am a Male - neutered Border Collie. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 14 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
TIAGO
1 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 26 2014
Tiago fancied himself a bit of a rough-ridin gangta when he first arrived at DogtownSA, a bag of skin and bones. “I don’t need no one for nothing!” was what he kept telling us. Growing up on the streets he always had his own back and lived on his wits. But life is more fun when we share it with that special someone and the world was turned upside down when Tiago met our gorgeous go-getter girl Tessa ?. Life with this uptown girl sure will change a man’s tune: henpecked and loving it! Tiago is still a bit of a diamond in the rough, in need of a little DogtownSA polish but any day now he will be ready to show off his street cred in a hood of his very own. Until that day, show a brother some love and sponsor his stay at Dogtown SA (after all it aint cheap impressing the ladies!)
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ARCHER
2 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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ZIMBI
3 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, Jul 09 2014
Hello my name is Zimbi, the humans sometimes call me Zimbi Zim Zim which sounds really cool too, I am currently living with a really kind foster family. You see when I was surrendered to Dogtown way back when,I had a bit of a big tummy which just kept growing and growing so the humans took me to the doggy-doctor who said I was going to be a mommy. I must admit I was very scared when I heard the news but I was quickly taken to this 5 star foster home where I could relax and prepare for the lil ones. When I arrived I met some other dogs and made plenty new friends but I didn’t really know how to play with anybody yet and just ended up lying on top of everybody as soon as the game started, but I figured it out quickly ;) One afternoon it all happened and I had 7 little puppies, somehow they all looked different, yikes! It was awesome to watch them grow up but they eventually grew up into little terrorists and started chasing me every time I came to say hello. When they grew up and got too big for the house they went to Hotel Dogtown where they were all adopted into loving homes, I am indeed a proud momma! Somehow I just ended up staying in my foster home (sneaky sneaky heheh) I do miss my babbas but the other dogs do keep me busy by teaching me how to play games and chase them around. I can be a little bit nervous sometimes but my awesome foster dad has started taking me along on rides in a little green beetle (which I think is pretty cool) and sometimes we visit Hotel Dogtown and everybody comes to say hello and give me lots of delicious treats. I must admit, the more we go on car rides... the more I enjoy it. One time we went to a shopping centre which at first was really scary but after a very nice lady came to say hello to me, I felt much better :) Soon I'll be able to go to my very own forever home (which I really look forward to). If you think you have what it takes to give me a perfect, calm, happy home, why not contact the humans at Dogtown and arrange to meet me, you wont be disappointed :)
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TOTO
4 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 10 2014
Hi my name is TOTO - I am named after a band for their Song about rains in Africa. I like that idea, because my name really suits my cool camouflage coat. I am SO gorgeous, as I keep getting told. Whatever that means. I am super bright too, so my trainer says. She laughed at me so much because I have a great sense of humour and when I do something I do it with all my heart. I am really lovable, I adore being with people - all people, even children. I love being brushed,it makes me feel sooooooo good. I enjoy the odd bone, or chew, and really love my meal times. I am actually a very relaxed girl, you can even take my bowl away while I am eating and I dont mind. I remember to sit,and wait politely. I kind of like cats, but I also want to play with them, so I think that maybe soft toys are better for me - my trainer says I am allowed to play with those. I am a great looking gal, and very kind, I know a lot of tricks, and I am clicker trained, so I can learn all sorts of things! I would love to have a special family to look after.
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MANDY
5 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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WIDGET
6 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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SOX
7 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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CHARLIE BROWN
8 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I grew up on a super farm with my mom, dad and two brothers! We all had so much fun… and I used to go and play with the dogs next door too… I am a really friendly furry! My humans couldn’t keep me because we had some differing ideas on how to manage the chickens and geese on the farm. I liked to chase them and bite them. My mom didn’t want to make fences on the farm and so she sent me to DogTown to find a new home without chickens… geese… ducks… or anything like that. Its not my fault, I am not a bad chap, and love dogs, children and even kittens and cats! I used to play with the kittens on the farm… I miss them quite a lot… but I love life! I really am a positive guy … if I could, I would have my own motivational speaking company and make all the dogs with low self images feel better about themselves! Everyone tells me how special I am and I like to have a bit of a kind chat to my neighbour Rusty… we like each other. I love bones… they make me happy. So do hooves. So does food… and of course walkies, lovies and just life. I am really a very special boy with SO MUCH love to give and I always have a huge smile on my face. Do you have space in your life for a happy go-lucky fella like me?
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LENNOX
9 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, Aug 06 2014
Howdy Doo - I’m a newbie on the block at this very special 5 star hotel called DogtownSA and am a bit of a cool fur-dude. My name is Lennox and I live in a very special little house with a veranda where I can sit and watch all the furries go by and see all the coming and goings every day as the other furries go on their walks. But I think I am extra lucky as I have the best view of people when they first come to visit and when I see them coming down my street I put on my Mister Cool face and wag my little tail inviting them to come by and say hello. When I first arrived I was rather shy of new humans but I have such great carers at this hotel that I really do enjoy all the attention I am getting and understand that humans are great peeps. One of the best things is that they all come by and give me lots of their yummy treats and biscuits that are in their bags. My favourite part of the day is going out on my walks with my carers and at first I was a little unsure of the harness that I wear but after the first time I realized it was so cool and I looked very handsome and can honestly say I love every walk I have. I get very excited when I see my carer or a volunteer coming towards my “pad” with the harness and know we are going out. I try very hard to behave properly as well when my carer puts on the lead cos I know it is not good to pull and with the yummy treats that she gives me it is very easy to be a “good furry”. When we go out we also stop on the way and do exercises and I get ever more treats and cuddles which is just the bestest thing ever. I really do enjoy learning new things and my carer also gives me fancy toys that have food inside and I am getting quicker at working out how to get the yummy food out. I am really much happier than I have ever been at this special “town” but I do have a forever dream that I would love to be able to continue learning and training with my own forever family and make you very proud of taking me into your home and lavish all my love and attention on you forever.
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BULLIE & BOKKIE
10 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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Hanni
11 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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ZANE
12 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 28 2014
I had an owner. He did care for me, but he had to tie me up when he went to work, which was BORING and not fun at all. I am “well connected” and we clever types hear stuff you know … so I heard about this place for dogs, a hotel almost, and it sounded great. One day, I chewed through my rope and set off for DogTown, and arrived just before closing time at the gate. I hung around until I was spotted and then simply signed myself in. Easy as that! And what a place! Food twice a day. No ropes. No tying up. And best of all, I scored a new girlfriend too! Such a lucky boy I am. I am handsome and sweet. The best mix ever. I love people and enjoy walking, although I am not so keen on the lead idea, but I see it is part of the whole “walkies” thing, so I guess I will have to just work through my fear of restraint. I am a versitile and ready for action guy, waiting to change someones life into the best life ever!
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DEXTER
13 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jul 08 2014
I am often over looked as I have a slightly alternative hair style, but I tell ya, you don’t know what you are missing! Not only am I super bright, loving and really gentle at heart, but I am ready to fit right into your life! I am easy going, I get along with most other dogs, although I can look very fierce through the fence, I am actually really brilliant at playing and living with dogs. I am really good too, you can take my food away, groom me, touch me all over, and I have great manners all round. I am a super boy, a real all rounder, according to my trainer.
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COCO
14 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Apr 28 2014
“Bonsoir je m'appelle Coco, for those of you who don’t parlez vous Français, you may address me as Mademoiselle Coco. I live by the creed of my glorious namesake Coco Chanel: ‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.’ “ Our enigmatic diva Coco is not bound by cuddly canine stereotypes, while she loves floating through the doggie social scene and charming the four-legged furry gents of DogtownSA with her elegant mystique, Coco is very discerning about the humans she allows into her inner circle. Coco isn’t quite ready to relinquish her role as Madamoiselle of DogtownSA; she is still in need of some DogtownSA finishing school finesse. Every diva needs her entourage and fans; Coco would sure love for you to sponsor her stay at DogtownSA. After all she needs to be kept in the style and comfort to which she is accustomed until she is ready to find a forever family to call her own. The DogtownSA team sends their gratitude in advance in behalf of this cheeky furkid!
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LEO
15 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jun 27 2014
“I got the eye of the tiger, a survivor, dancing through the fire. 'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion. 'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar! ROOOOOAAAAAAR!! Leo’s my name and I just looove belting out some tunes, who says big strong boys don’t do karaoke hehehe. While I may look like the muscle round these parts I’m just a big softie looking for someone to spend a little time and get to know the real me.” Leo is our big teddy bear at Dogtown SA. After a life wandering on the streets he was forced to grow a thick skin: regarding new people with skepticism and guarding what little food he could find. Here at Dogtown SA we have been showing Leo how much more rewarding life is when we share things with those we care about. Leo has even found love with our little Miss Micah <3 Leo still needs a little more Dogtown SA TLC but he sure would appreciate you sponsoring him some yummy biscuits (the way to a man’s heart is through his tummy after all!)
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Oct 17 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - PRETORIA, Nunus 19 month old Ridgeback/Labrador neutered Male Very loving and loyal to the owners. Excellent watch dog. Reserved towards strangers. No history of biting people. Very intelligent, energetic, playful, active and exuberant. Needs a big yard and lots of walks. Because of his size and power, may not be suitable for homes with very small children. He does not get on well with other male dogs, but is use to being in a pack of 3 dogs. I rescued him as a 3 week old puppy but unfortunately because I am forced to move into a smaller place for the time being, I need to find him a suitable new home.
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Thursday, Oct 16 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Found BONNIE BRAE. Proof of ownership will be required before dog will be handed over to owner.
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URGENT APPEAL - PAWS R US Foster Home Appeal
Last updated on Tuesday, Aug 07 2012
Dog Town

URGENT APPEAL FOR FOSTER HOMES in GAUTENG!

Paws R Us

 

We have a few new furry orphans coming our way over the next 2 weeks. For various reasons, we have made a decision NOT to use kennels any longer, but to only use loving foster homes. To enable us to continue our rescue work and to offer furry orphans a space of shelter, safety, love and care, we must have a pool of foster homes available.

 

We therefore ask all animal lovers to consider opening their homes and their hearts to a little spirit who only has love to give.

Foster homes are so important – they are the BRIDGE BETWEEN RESCUE AND REHOMING…

Foster homes are where orphans again experience love, and learn to trust again. Foster homes are where orphans learn to socialise with other dogs and to get used to cats. Foster homes are where orphans learn what walks are, and how much fun playing ball can be. Foster homes are where orphans remember again how it feels to have gentle hands stroke them to sleep, and to know that when they awake, they will be protected and loved.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering a rescue dog in need, please email us on pawsrus@gmail.co.za

PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM.

We would appreciate it if you would circulate this post so that it can travel far and wide :-)

 

With our gratitude,

PAWS R US


(visit our page on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Paws-R-Us/148998991839716 )

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BARKING NEWS - theres an amy on my stoep
Last updated on Thursday, Dec 05 2013
Dog Town
There’s an Amy on my stoep!
by Luke

 Amy was found abandoned in August 2010, aimlessly wandering around with no clue where she was or how to find her way home. It is presumed her previous owners no longer wanted and dumped her on the side of the road. Amy was picked up by a kind samaritan and brought to DogtownSA; she was very wary of people and snapped and growled when she was approached or touched – this lady needed to be rehabilitated and her trust in humanity restored.
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FUNDRAISING - DARG Appeal - 22/10
Last updated on Tuesday, Oct 07 2014
Dog Town

As you may have already heard, DARG is facing the devastating threat of closure due to lack of monthly funding. In order to help raise the much needed finances so we can continue to rescue and care for abused and neglected domestic animals, we’re running a R50 Pledge Campaign.

Our goal is to get 2000 people to pledge R50 a month to keep DARG open!

WOULD YOU AND YOUR ADOPTED FUR KIDS BE WILLING TO TAKE THE R50 PLEDGE?

We know you’ve supported us before, and that’s why we’re asking for your help. You know better than anyone the value of a rescue dog or cat and how he or she can change your life.

THERE ARE 3 WAYS YOU CAN DONATE

 

1.       Debit order form

I’ve attached the form which you can fill out and email back to me, or even drop off at DARG.

 

2.       Via Payfast

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/darg 

 

3.       Bank transfer

TRUST ACCOUNT (Set up by the current facilitator) 
DARG
FNB: 62471702897

Branch Code: 201409
Reference: your telephone number/ or email address

 

Please help us stay open?

Love the dogs, cats and humans from DARG

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PS: If you’d like more information on the current status of DARG please don’t hesitate to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DARG.org.za?fref=ts or call the Office on 021 790 0383. 

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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:
SMS DOG to 38919
Event Details
Last updated on Friday, Mar 15 2013
SMS DOG to 38919
By sending an sms you help us take care of a rescue dog for a day. Not bad for just R10. If each of our South African supporters could SMS DOG to 38919 once a month our monthly bills would be covered :) Please share and ask all you friends to help us take care of our beautiful doggies :)
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SPONSOR A PET
Hi, my name is ALEXIS
I am a Female - spayed Terrier Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

Click here to find out more
Last updated on Monday, Jun 02 2014
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PET TIP
CHEWING
Chewing is a normal and natural thing for young puppies to do and it’s needed to maintain the health of your dog’s teeth. To dogs all objects are possible chew toys. Dogs also chew to relieve anxiety and boredom. After all there are only so many things pup can do to keep him or herself entertained, while you are not around.

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

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

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

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

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

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