Toby & Master a Township Love Story

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You often hear of the horrible animal stories from the townships of South Africa, but you very rarely hear of a good story…well this is one of those. A story that gives hope and shines light on some special people living in Johannesburg’s informal settlements…

Wendy McWilliams, one of our fantastic volunteers had told us about Toby and his amazing dog. She brought Toby and Master to visit us on Sunday – and were we in for a treat.

Toby is the most amazing person, he is a security guard at a complex, lives in a shack in Kya Sands Informal Settlement and is an avid animal lover. His dog Master who he has had since he was a puppy and is now 5 years old, he has trained himself – with no formal training whatsoever.

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This is how our meeting went. Toby arrived, I asked him if he needed his dog vaccinated – No, he is fully vacced, sterilised, de-wormed and rabied. Oh! So would you like help with basic training – No, Master is well versed in training, here is a demonstration.

Well after the basic sit, paw, down, we then moved onto tricks, fetch, stay, etc. For the first time that day I was in awe, I thought we could teach Toby, but no Toby has a lot to teach us. We then entered the shelter, I was a bit concerned, firstly with an adult dog entering into a pack of dogs who had been watching the goings on behind the gate and secondly with a few of the dogs being a bit racist.

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Well! Toby and Master walked in quite casually and were greeted by all our dogs with absolute glee. Master was so well socialised and got on phenomenally with dogs and small puppies alike. Dolly who is racist went up to Toby and asked for love – all our mouths dropped open – this has never happened before. Toby has a way with dogs very rarely seen. He is absolutely gentle with them and they respond incredibly.

So why was Toby there? He would like to learn Tracking with Master and would also like to find out where he could do a formal course in Dog Training.

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What we would like to do for Toby – Find a Tracking group in the Kya Sands vicinity, organise a course in Training and mostly if we could find a job for Toby working in the animal field, as we feel his talents are absolutely wasted in the field he is currently in.

If we could we would hire Toby in a second, but we can’t, so if anyone is looking for a fantastic employee please consider Toby, you will not be disappointed. If you would like to contact Toby, please let us know at info@arkanimalcentre.co.za and we will put you in touch with him.

Until next time,

Tracy Otto, Ark Animal Centre Manager.

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Paws-n-All Dog Training

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Naughty, shy or aggressive dogs?? Read on…this article is for you!

Paws-n-All Puppy Socialisation and Dog Training Academy was founded in 2009 after Nicola Dee van Ass qualified as a certified dog and puppy trainer through ThinkingPets.
After having received certificates in puppy socialisation, puppy training, adult dog training, one-on-one dog training consultations as well as obedience and clicker training,
the first Paws-n-All school was opened in Boskruin, Johannesburg.

Paws-n-All moved to the Fourways / Lonehill area at the end of 2010 and has trained many puppies and dogs in the area.

Our training methods revolve around positive reinforcement training (rewarding the good behaviour and ignoring the bad) and through this method of dog training, we have been able to achieve obedience in puppies and dogs while keeping them happy.
In most of our training we use clickers and treats as this enables fast, positive learning in dogs and puppies.
We do a lot of puppy socialisation as it is very important to get puppies used to different situations, sounds, objects and other animals at as young an age as possible.

Every dog is seen and treated as an individual and is never forced to be in a situation that it is not comfortable with.
If a dog cannot handle being around other dogs, we work in one-on-one classes until the dog is happy to move forward.

WE work with each puppy or dog individually in class (although there are many group exercises) and because we do not have more than a total of 6 dogs or puppies in a class, we are able to give each student the proper attention required for them to learn and progress.
There is no age limit or breed requirement need to join the classes, but because of the method of training we use, choke chains, shock collars, prong collars, shouting and physical punishment is NOT permitted in any of our classes.

Contact Details:

Nicola van Ass
Cell: 083 309 0400
Tel: 011 705 2595
Fax: 086 606 7502
paws-n-all@hotmail.com / www.paws-n-all.co.za

Fees are R120 per class
If a second dog or puppy is enrolled from the same family, the cost is R100 per class for that dog.
A once-off registration fee of R100 is required
One-on-One classes are R170 per class.

R20 from every client per class is donated to Ark Animal Centre.