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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?...

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....

Dogcharmer: The hills are alive!

Dear Dogcharmer,I am getting a dog to accompany me on my hiking trips. I am looking for a pooch with stamina and a good,...

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...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The last days

Dear Tom,Our beloved dog Barkley was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. We gave him as much supportive care as we could through chemotherapy,...

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...