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Westminster to West Tisbury

Training a dog and working with a dog are two different things. While training is teaching the dog, working with a dog is listening...

The Dogcharmer: Otis

Dear Dogcharmer, We just got an 8-week-old hound mix puppy named Otis. What are your puppy tips for a young family? And what are your...

The Dogcharmer: Daryl Dixon

Dear Dogcharmer,We rescued Daryl Dixon last October. He came to us scared of the world. He was only 4 months old, and clearly hadn’t...

The Dogcharmer: Retractable leashes

Retractable leashes have caused thousands of injuries, to people and dogs. Mostly rope burns, cuts, and eye injuries, and even amputations. It's easy to...

The Dogcharmer: Nelson, the altruistic Westie

Dear Tom:I have an adorable, friendly, loving Westie named Nelson. He is almost 2 years old, and I think he would make an amazing...

Dogcharmer: Meet and greets

What's almost always the key to a dog's reaction to other dogs it sees? Answer: socialization in combination with training. Training without socialization is...

The Dogcharmer: Monty’s follow-through

Dear Tom:First, we want to thank you for your help with Monty and your first visit with us. We feel confident you can help...

The Dogcharmer: Here, Bo

Dear Tom,I recently adopted a 1-year-old pooch that I’m calling Bo. I can’t use the word “rescue,” because this dog was clearly well loved...

The Dogcharmer: Hunting wabbit

Hi Tom,I definitely need help on how to stop my dog from hunting squirrels or bunnies.When she was very young — now...

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...

The Dogcharmer: Coco and Loretta

Hi Tom,Usually my two dogs are inseparable BFFs. However, lately my rescue Coco seems to be getting really annoyed with his little sister Loretta....

The Dogcharmer: Calvin

Hi Tom,Our friend Bob O'Rourke said he ran into you yesterday, and mentioned our dog problem. We have a saluki, Calvin, who is aggressive...

The Dogcharmer: Abby

Dear Dogcharmer,Our lovely young Lab, Abby, is a true member of our family, and in many ways we think she has great behavior. However,...

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...

The Dogcharmer: Thought for food

Hello Tom,I have a 1-year-old mix named Milo, and I have a two-part question: 1) Is it possible to give too many treats?...