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Dogcharmer: Retractable leash revisited

Dear Dogcharmer,What do you think about using retractable leashes?RB (Rope Burned)Dear RB,You're not alone! I've been asked this question three times in the...

Dogcharmer: Zdog

Dear Dogcharmer readers,My last column was my response to the owner of an 80-pound dog that went "berserk" with dog-to-dog aggression at the sight...

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,...

Dogcharmer: How to find a human

So I met the guy who identifies himself as Bob again, and he accosted me once more with a SAR question. This time we...

Dogcharmer: Search and rescue

He identified himself as Bob. He's called out to me at Tradewinds a handful of times, each time asking me a question about search...

Dogcharmer: Sandy

Dear Dogcharmer,When people are in our house, our Aussie constantly barks at them when they move (herding?). It sounds frightening, although we know she...

Dogcharmer: Lola

Hi there,This is our puppy Lola, with her big sister Gracie. She gets super-excited when guests come to the house, and “nervous wets.”...

Dogcharmer: Louie

Dear Dogcharmer,Our 11-week-old puppy, Louie, loves being outside! He tries to chew and eat everything he can get his mouth on, to the point...

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,...

The Dogcharmer: Riley

Dear Dogcharmer,My 6-month-old puppy Riley is smart, but she has a lot of energy! Two issues with training we are having include 1) Constant...

The Dogcharmer: Pugsley

Dear Dogcharmer:I had a question regarding my dog Pugsley. He likes to roll in disgusting things, other dog's poop and other gross stuff, when...

The Dogcharmer: Bella

Dear Dogcharmer,My 10-year-old mix breed Bella recently started picking up my 3-year-old son’s toys and socks, and won’t let go of them. It ends...

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...