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Hi, my name is Abby
I am a Female - spayed Labrador.

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Last updated on Friday, Sep 19 2014
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HAPPY TAIL
Hi, my name is East Town
I am a Male / Female Terrier. I have found my new home.

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Last updated on Friday, Sep 12 2014
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HOMED
Hi, my name is Terry
I am a Female - spayed Border Collie. I have been Homed.

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Last updated on Thursday, Sep 25 2014
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DOGS OF DOGTOWN SA
ANNIE
1 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, May 13 2014
Annie is a feisty “little lady” who knows what she wants and who she likes. When it comes to making new friends she will only be happy in the company of males as she has to be the centre of attraction and be Queen Bee! Being a modern-day thinking lady she thrives on taking the lead and prefers her male partner to toe the line and fall in with her choices of the day. Her current “beau” Spartacus has learnt how to handle this strong-willed lady and another male with a similar outlook would be ideal for her. When you arrive at DogtownSA she goes out of her way to make sure she is noticed and that you will come to see her. She is always ready for you to give her treats and, with a bit of persuasion, come in to meet her and shower her with cuddles. Best of all, she is hoping that you will let her sit on your lap and give her all your attention. She would be best suited to a more mature family, preferably with somebody who is home all day. She loves going on her walks with Spartacus, and she will be only too delighted to go with you on as many outings as she can to keep you company.
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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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DAISY
3 of 15
Last updated on Wednesday, May 28 2014
Would you like to come home to a lively medium-sized four legged “gal” with a smile on her face from ear to ear, a body that wriggles with excitement and wagging tail that just doesn’t stop – then Daisy is for you! She would just love to be your “one and only” and will be up and ready to go with you on your early morning jog around the houses or a run in the park. Her energy and enthusiasm will get you going on the road even if you are feeling a little sluggish at first. Then, when you come home and are invigorated ready for a healthy breakfast, she will be waiting to eat hers beside you and take great delight in showing you just how clever she is when you give her “her brekkie” in one of those brain teaser food puzzles that are available for such a bright lady as our “Daisy”. She is one of DogtownSA’s most talented furkids when it comes to solving these food puzzles and will excel in showing you her skill and intelligence of deciphering these super duper dog-toys. She will wriggle and preen in front of you when she has done and be waiting for many cuddles and kisses as her reward for being such a “clever gal”. You will get lots of kisses in return and Daisy will just keep on smiling and wagging that her tail, in anticipation of your next adventure together. Daisy will flourish in a home where she is loved and cared for as an only child and in return will bring you endless days of complete happiness.
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TESSA
4 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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ROSCO
5 of 15
Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
I started out life thinking people were mean, because the man that lived next door to my first mum wasn’t very nice to me. He hit me with a pole and hurt my leg. My best friend in the whole world, Yvette, kept me company when I was sore, and I growled at people to keep them away. When my mum’s boss heard about me, she came to rescue me. I was fixed up and the pain in my leg went away and I started to learn to trust my caregiver, Picane, because he was so nice to me. Soon, my bestie was to join me and I realised that I can be happy again! I am so handsome, I look like those famous “Fox Hounds” you see in paintings or running with the horses. I love treats and I am so easy to please. I enjoy people now, and like playing and being touched. Sometimes I get so excited that I jump up, but I am trying really hard to be a good boy and not mess up anyone's clothes and stuff. My trainer says that is important, so I try quite hard. I don’t get cross with other dogs ever, because I am just so grateful to have a second chance at having a loving life. I can wait. I am patient.
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JESSICA
6 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
Princess Jessica as she is affectionately know at the centre is a wannabe prima ballerina, with a perfect pirouette she performs as each visitor walks along her street.She loves to dance and will purposely roll onto the floor so you have no choice but to give her that belly rub she wants.Apart from being a prima ballerina she is also a bit of a prima donna and enjoys her own company when a human isn't doting on her. She enjoys a good chew toy while she lazes in the sun but nothing makes her happier than a human telling her how beautiful she is and showing her love. Could that be you? * Unable to adopt Jessica? 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, SA networks.
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SHEENA
7 of 15
Last updated on Friday, Jul 25 2014
Sheena’s my name and I’m the style and sass of Dogtown SA. Sing it with me: What you want. Baby I got it. What you need. Do you know I got it? All I’m askin’ is for a little respect! R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!” Sheena is our glamazon wonder woman: intelligence, agility and stylish swag on four legs! This single momma raised a litter a beautiful puppies and bounced back ready to take on the world. Sheena has learnt to be a bit discerning about the company she keeps (you need to be pretty special to be part of her inner circle), but the loyalty and love she shares with those she trusts is well worth earning. Sheena strives to please and adores showing off her smarts on the training field. Sensational Sheena longs to be the only four-legged family member in your life. So if you’re ready to share your life with this tenacious beauty don’t delay, email adoptions@barkingmad.co.za today!
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CHANCE
8 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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DUKE
9 of 15
Last updated on Monday, May 19 2014
My name is Duke and when you arrive at DogtownSA you will hear a lot about me and my “special lady – Ebony”. You see, the meaning of my name is “Leader” and that is what I am. I am a very charismatic kind of guy and the ladies warm to me because I am just too handsome to resist and I love to take care of my “gal” giving her my undivided attention. I am willing to romp and play many games in our run and will even let my lady win some of them. All the other DogtownSA furkids can see us and wish they were playing too. The others looking on make such a noise cos they are so jealous of our antics and of us tearing around playing tag. I know they would love to swop places but I only have eyes for my one lady and make sure she knows it. When we are lying down next to each other chilling after one of our walks with our carers or cooling off after a very strenuous game of tag, I tell her lots of tales of my past and she just wags her tail and smiles. I still get very excited going on walks and of course, like any leader sometimes want to get too far ahead too quickly, but my carer just gives me a gentle reminder and then I slow down. You see my start in life was not great, as I was left to fend for myself and found it difficult to get decent food and met various unfriendly people so needed to get out of their way fast. But, my luck changed when a lady saw me and brought me to DogtownSA. Luckily for me she must have realized that with a bit of care and attention, at the “best place” in town, DogtownSA that is, my rather unkempt appearance and un-trusting attitude would change; and my true personality shine out once more for some lucky family to see and come to take me to their forever home. So all you awesome peeps out there, if you have a female furkid who loves to play and romp and looking for a great partner, please let’s get together and make that special date. For those of you who don’t have a furkid friend, Ebony and I together would love to join you.
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JACK
10 of 15
Last updated on Friday, May 09 2014
Jack the Lionheart reigns supreme in the hearts of his caregivers here at DogtownSA. Jack is master of his destiny and after overcoming a life of neglect is ready to live a life better tailored to his regal personality. This little terrier’s curiosity and machismo knows no bounds; Jack is always ready to head out on a crusade to save the world from the dull and dreary! Chivalry is definitely not dead; ever the ladies man Jack has won the heart of many of a furry maiden here at DogtownSA. For all his bravado, Jack loves few things more than sharing some cuddles with the humans. Blessed with such a bold personality, Jack does well with humans that are able to captivate his spirit of adventure and offer plenty of guidance and positive outlets for his outlandish endeavours. While Jack the Lionheart’s reign at DogtownSA is filled with fun, he hopes that someday soon he can be King of his very own castle. Are you ready to be the next royal family? * Unable to adopt Jack? 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, SA networks only.
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JERSEY
11 of 15
Last updated on Monday, Jul 07 2014
Hi my name is Jersey and my dream is to find my forever family who maybe already have one or two furries of their own and would like to add another one. I currently live with two boys and we play all sorts of games together for most of the day. Some are quite robust and even rather noisy but it is because we love running around our garden and letting off steam and of course we have to tell all the other furkids at DogtownSA just what fun there is to have when you have fur-buddies and I do like showing off just a little bit. I think it is really because I know how lucky I am. You see I was rescued from Alexandra township and I am sure my life would have been very different if I had not been lucky enough to have been brought to DogtownSA. I have to admit I can get a little bit too excited but Justin, one of my current furries is very good at stopping me from getting too silly and I really respect his maturity so quickly stop before there are tears. We all go on walks together with our carers and volunteers and often we are able to go to the play area where we all run around off lead and spend time running and chasing the balls and on and off the agility equipment and having more fun than I ever thought would be possible. Whilst I have been at this wonderful “town” I have learnt some basic obedience skills and enjoy getting lots of yummy treats for doing my exercises which my carers have taught me. I would love to be able to continue learning and training with my forever family and make you very proud of taking me into your home.
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SHANDY
12 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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FLINT
13 of 15
Last updated on Sunday, Aug 24 2014
I actually prefer to be called “Flyn” as I find it ever so much more refined. I do already have SO many good notes on my portfolio that I would like to get a formal name change to suit my fantastic profile. I am black and we all know that is beautiful. I am sleek and sexy and fast and adorable too. I love lovies and am SO willing to learn that my trainer gets very excited working with me. I am super patient too and will most likely be kind to most other animals and dogs. I live with an eccentric roomie, so have loads of practice (Sigh!). I enjoy the finer things in life, like good food, late night romantic meetings, cruises……. I often sit and dream about how my life is going to be, with my forever human…..full of all the finer things in life! Are you able to provide that? If so, contact my booking agent and we can set up an interview :)
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DEXTER
14 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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KARMA
15 of 15
Last updated on Tuesday, Jun 03 2014
“Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair… Licks and love Barking Madders, spunky punk princess Karma rocking out with ya! I may hail from the Mother City, but since making the trek up to Jozi, I’m loving the buzz of the big City of Gold. Life is for living and I just love jamming with my roomie Clawd or showing-off some mad skills with my ball in the DogtownSA play-area. The only way life could get any more epic, was if I found a forever family to sign me up and love me for life.” Our Karma chameleon has been on a roller-coaster rescue journey: from severe neglect and abuse to the kick-ass lovable chicka she is today. This little rocker adores the rough and tumble with the four-legged boys of DogtownSA almost as much as she does belly rubs and cuddles. Karma’s all the woman you’ll ever need and she dreams of being only four-legged ladylove in her new pimped out pad. Karma’s ready to rock and roll are you?
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DAILY STATUS
URGENT HOME NEEDED
Last updated on Friday, Sep 26 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - JOHANNESBURG, Max was one of my rescues from Feb/March last year - when he was originally networked as Jax & the adoptees renamed him "Max". He was homed with a family that have now got divorced & just this week they contacted me to say that neither one of them want Max anymore & need to re-home him by the 3rd October - which really gives me so little time to network him again. So Max's case is extremely urgent.   His current owners say that he is polite, calm & well behaved & they suspect that somewhere along the line he may have had some form of training. He loves attention, sometimes he can be a bit nervous of things but is not afraid of thunderstorms. They don’t advise that he is homed in a home with small kids. Max would probably prefer to be an only dog or with smaller dogs that are not hyper active. He chases cats as most Jack Russell’s do. Max is house trained. Max apparently has problem skin but this can be rectified with diet. He is currently eating Alpo and is fed once a day in the evenings. I would recommend a change of dog food though to help with his skin irritations. If you are able to offer Max a foster or permanent home please urgently contact me - he needs to be homed within a week. THE CURRENT OWNERS WILL ENSURE THAT MAX'S VACCS ARE UP TO DATE MAX HAS BEEN STERILISED & MICRO-CHIPPED HOME CHECK & ADOPTION FEE APPLIES TO FOSTER OR ADOPT MAX PLEASE URGENTLY CONTACT PET FINDA KAT - 079-350-7839 - petfinda@gmail.com
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LOST AND FOUND
Last updated on Monday, Sep 22 2014
Dog Town
LOCATION - CAPE TOWN, Found - Bellville he is at TAH and will be going to Grassy park spca if not find a home!
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URGENT APPEAL - Daxie Rescue Foster Appeal
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 25 2013
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 - Lucky Lucy Competition - 5/10
Last updated on Wednesday, Sep 24 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 GEOFFREY
I am a Male - neutered Terrier Blend. Would you like to sponsor me?

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Last updated on Thursday, Jul 31 2014
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HOUSE TRAINING
Right from the beginning don’t let the puppy make mistakes, just one mistake is the beginning of a habit forming and it also scent marks the area and no matter what cleaning methods you use, the dog will always be drawn the that area again (Ian Dunbar)
House soiling is an example of a natural behaviour just happening in the wrong place.
Once again here we want to reward the good behaviour and ignore the bad behaviour. So when pup is out in the garden and relieves himself in his designated area we want to be there with yummy treats to reward him for doing such a good job. He will start to learn that when I go to the toilet at this spot I get treats, I must come back here why would I waste going to the toilet inside then I don’t get treats. Plus puppy has also marked his scent on this spot so it will naturally draw him to this spot. Offer graduated rewards for closeness to his designated area. If puppy just runs outside and relieves himself give him a small treat, as he relieves closer to the ideal spot up the amount of treats so in essence we are marking the spot where we would ideally like him to  relieve himself and as he realises that the closer to the spot he is the more treats he gets it only makes sense for him to get as close to the spot as possible. Never understate rewards for eliminating in the right place.
Timing is the most effective tool when house training, it relies a lot on your ability to recognise when your pup needs to relieve himself. Then you can direct your puppy to the correct spot and the rewards can begin. Short term confinement allows us to to be  more accurate in our prediction. When our puppy is confined to a small area he is temporarily (+- 90 mins) inhibited from relieving himself as he wouldn’t want to mess in his sleeping area this will generally make the puppy want to go and relieve himself immediately once he has been released from his confined area. When home keep puppy on leash or in his confinement area. EVERY hour release your puppy and guide him outside to go and relieve himself to his designated area, in the beginning you can keep him on leash while you guide him to his spot while giving the command “outside” just get there quickly as the poor little guy will probably be bursting to go and also the quicker we move the less likely he will stop and have a sniff at the wrong spot. Once you reach the spot give your dog a command “Go pee” give your pup +- 3minutes to relieve himself. Once puppy has relieved himself in the right spot HUGE rewards are due, Good boy, cuddle and treats and play, our pup needs to feel like he just won the gold medal at the Olympics that’s how good his performance just was.
If puppy does not relieve himself, don’t worry just take him back inside to his confined area for another hour and try again 1 hour later eventually puppy will relive himself and he will get his HUGE reward and puppy will quickly learn the pattern “outside” “go pee” HUGE reward and a good habit will form. Now your puppy will want relive himself when and where you want. We must remember that puppies are not 100% reliable until they are 6 months old but as long as we set them up for success and reward the appropriate behaviour a simple “outside” verbal command is all that is needed if we catch our little one about to eliminate in the wrong place, the tone of our voice lets our pup know he is about to make a mistake and the word “outside” gives him the instruction of where he must go. We must NEVER use physical punishment the last thing we need is for our pup to be scared to relieve himself when we are around this will just make him be more discreet on where he eliminates himself, and make house training a nightmare. Also if by chance puppy does relieve himself in the home, just clean it up, there is no way the pup will connect you shouting at him to the little puddle he made sometime during the day, he will just learn that when you get home he better go and get out of your way because you are not great person to be around. Remember we don’t want to imply to our pup that going to the toilet is a bad thing, we just need to teach him that we humans like to have designated area to go to the toilet.
REWARD good behaviour IGNORE bad behaviour.
Happy training

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