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Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: More fun with GSDs

Hi Tom,I have a 2-year-old German shepherd. She really enjoys romping around playing with her tennis ball, but the game turns from fetch into...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The virtues of Patience

Updated on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:00 am.Hi Tom!We have a German shepherd named Patience who has arthritis of the back, possibly hips,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Emotional support animals

I am in need of an emotional support animal. I suffer from anxiety and am prescribed quite a lot of drugs to help me...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: To leash or not to leash

Dear Tom:Charlotte is a border collie cross. That is a guess, because she was a rescue dog. She is quite obedient off-leash, so she...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: No sleep for the weary

Dear Tom,Our 13-year-old Australian Shepherd has become nocturnal. And demanding. He has gotten into the habit of waking up around 2 am, walking to...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Making Nina feel at home

Dear Dogcharmer,My husband and I are ready to adopt our first dog together. We decided on a Lab mix coming from Florida. This sweet...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Nico is a punk

Dear Dogfather,Nico, my 5-month-old Spinone Italiano, is a brilliant charmer 99 percent of the time. He seems to be able to control some natural...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Snowshoes for Millie.

Dear Tom, Millie is a 10-year-old golden with a thick, coarse coat. She's used to walking in all weather. Her furry paws collect painful snow...

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Hi Tom,We have a happy and healthy 10-year-old female golden retriever, Ginger, and are considering the addition of another golden to our family. At...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: In defense of toenails

Dear Dogcharmer,I am having an awful time trying to cut my 7-month-old terrier puppy's nails. Becham seems to have an innate fear/terror surrounding the...

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Sam, barking, barking, and barking some more.

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Dear Dogfather,I have a beautiful, sweet Leonberger named Argo. He is a rescue, and has come very far in the past year that he...

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Dear Dogcharmer,I have a shiba inu named Pilot. He is smart and totally adorable, but he is a challenge when it comes to training...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: How do I approach a neighbor who’s neglecting her dog?

Dear Tom,I have a neighbor who has a young dog — maybe a year old — that she has had for about eight months.The...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Dogs and radios

Dear Dogcharmer,When I leave my dog alone to go to work, I leave the radio on NPR, so it's people talking and intelligent programming....

Ask Tom, aka The Dogcharmer: For the love of a bulldog

Dear Dogfather,I have fallen in love with a 60-pound male English bulldog. He is a beautiful big boy with the face of a mastiff....

Ask the Dogfather: Ziggy is afraid of new places

Dear Dogfather,I have a question regarding my 6-month-old collie mix, Ziggy. I got Ziggy from the local shelter about two weeks ago, and have...

Ask the Dogfather: How young is too young (to train a dog)?

Dear Dogfather,I have a 10-week-old pug named Menemsha. I was teaching him to sit when my neighbor told me I shouldn't start training until...

Henry and the crabby old man, and BMax, LC, and ticks

Dear Dogfather,Henry and I live together in a single-family home. Henry is a 3-year-old wire fox terrier, and I am a crabby old man....

Ask the Dogfather: Mr. Z needs a pro

Dear Dogfather,My husband and I are enjoying your dog column. We have a question and need your advice, and perhaps a visit by you...