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Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The pup’s a punk

Dear Tom,I always see your great responses to dog questions in the MV Times, and I thought I’d email you with one (if you...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Rosie

Hello Tom,My dog Rosie is a 7-year-old Brittany spaniel. Last week, I had to be out one afternoon for about four hours (not all...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Canine aggression

Dear Dogcharmer,My wife loves cats. She panics when confronting a growling dog on the street, a scary situation we experienced recently in front of...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Bonnie

Dear Dogcharmer,When I am here on the Vineyard, I take my dog, Bonnie, out to take care of business on a pretty consistent schedule,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tucker

Dear Tom,Three weeks ago we rescued Tucker, an 11-month-old Bernese/Aussie. We have left Tucker alone in the house, but when he discovered our shoes,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The off-leash club

Dear Tom,Ron is a rescue our family has had for about three years. We’re almost certain he's a Lab mix, around 4 years old....

The Dogcharmer: Norman

Hi Dogcharmer,So my question is about my 9-month-old puppy, Norman. He continually eats poop — his own, and other dogs too. I pick up...

The Dogcharmer: New 8-week-old puppy

Hi, Mr. Dogcharmer,We just got an 8-week-old Cardigan Welsh corgi puppy. Any suggestions? Eight weeks was a lot younger than we thought, and...

The Dogcharmer: She’s a menace

Hello Tom, I could really use your expertise. I have an extremely fearful dog who is highly aggressive. Over the course of four years I've...

The Dogcharmer: Maysie

Hi Tom,We are having a pretty big issue with our dog Maysie that I don't know if you can help with. Maysie has been...

Dogcharmer: Wild and crazy pup

Hello Tom,I have a now 8-month Lab mix. He was in foster care for a month, and came to me at the end...

Dogcharmer: Becham

Hi, Dogcharmer,You know my terrier-mix puppy Becham. He is adorable, and is a wonderful addition to our family. We love him, and cannot imagine...

Dogcharmer: Sasha

Hello,I can't believe that this is not a classic Island scenario. We have rescued a 5-month-old German Shepherd puppy (actually bred in Germany, and...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tradewinds dog park

Hi Tom,Thank so much for all your help (and Jeremy’s) in helping rehabilitate Ella, the 1½-year-old foster dog. As you know, she is now...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Benson Blu — ‘BB’

Dear Dogcharmer,What is the best way to train one’s dog not to chase other animals: birds, squirrels, cats, etc.?Thanks,DianaDear Diana,Antelope and zebras are prey...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Riley the runaway

Hi, Tom,I have a 7-year-old male Lab-mix rescue, whom I’ve had for 2½ years. His name is Riley. He came from a kill shelter...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Dog-on-dog aggression

Hi Tom,I recently adopted a medium-size 2-year-old male Doberman mix. He loves people, and is the sweetest boy at home, but he completely loses...

Ask Tom, the dogcharmer: Nina

Dear Dogcharmer,Why does my dog bark so much when people get close to the door? Even when she is with me in the car,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Separation anxiety

Tom,We have a warm, loving dog, who is very happy when we have company. But when our guests are ready to leave, he becomes...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Cleopatra

Dear Tom,I brought home a sweet little rescue dog about a week ago. She's approximately 9 months old, and looks to be a chihuahua...