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Ask the Dogcharmer: Eddie

Hi Dogcharmer, Meet Eddie, an 80-pound "American kennel" dog. He is one of two strays we rescued two months ago. While he gets on with...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Bernard

Hello Dogcharmer! Our dog Bernard hates car rides. He shakes, pants, whines, and won’t sit still. We avoid the car altogether because we feel bad,...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Otis

Hi Tom, My question is actually more about people, rather than my dog. Otis is a bit nervous by nature. After a lot of work,...

Ask the Dogcharmer: ‘Walker’

Dear Dogcharmer, My dog feels terrible during car rides. I keep the windows opened for fresh air, and give her water. Whenever we get in...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Rex and Taffy

Hi Tom, We are having trouble getting out the door without Rex and Taffy both forcing their way out! We have been working with Rex,...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Bri

Dear Tom, I have an 18-month-old Briard who has become increasingly aggressive. I just relocated to the Island. On the eve of my move, he...

Ask the Dogcharmer: What to do about Presley?

Dear Dogcharmer, My elderly mother adopted a rescue puppy off the Internet a year ago, and has had trouble housebreaking the dog. The 2-year-old chihuahua...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Blue and his food

Hi you guys, Blue is so weird about food! Sometimes he is fine and just eats his food twice a day, no problem for...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Trooper

Dear Dogcharmer, Trooper, my 11-month-old goldendoodle, has a problem with nipping. When he wants to go out, he will nip at my hand and hit...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Pully’s pulling on his leash

Hi Tom, I am hoping you can help us. We have a f4-year-old Labrador/Staffordshire male dog who loves to pull us when we take him...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Larz

Dear Dogcharmer, Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time with us last week. My question for you is, "How do I get Larz not...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Future fatso?

Dear Dogcharmer, We are the happy new parents of a wire-haired dachshund puppy. We know that training is very important and are ready to throw...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Max

Hello Dogcharmer, My guy is perfect in every way but one. I prefer walking him off-leash, but this is not always a perfect experience. He...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Chilly in Chilmark

Dear Tom, We are happy new parents of a wirehaired dachshund puppy. Housetraining was going pretty well until this Arctic chill turned our yard into...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Emma and Noel

Hi, I adopted a rescue dog, Noel, from Florida about two weeks ago. She is about 9 months old, and was found on the streets....

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: New puppy

Dear Tom: We have two dogs and are soon to get a puppy. While we have always rotated in one new puppy after the older...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Penny

Hi Tom, Our 3 Rhodesian ridgeback, Penny, is as sweet and loving as they come, but she has been a spoiled "only child" since we...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Spike

Dear Tom, When I adopted Spike two years ago, he was a very damaged and shy rescue puppy. He has become more confident, and...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: To treat or not to treat

Hi Tom, I'm struggling with the idea of when to reward with a treat, and when to correct behavior without a reward. For example, I...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tucker

Dear Tom, Our 6-year-old labradoodle, Tucker, is a wonderful, well-mannered dog except for when company arrives. He joyfully greets our guests, jumps up to lick...