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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?...

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...