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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...

Ask the Dogfather: A puppy named Bear

Dear Dogfather,We recently adopted a 4½-month-old puppy named Bear. We are unsure of the details regarding his background, but we do know that ours...

Ask the Dogfather: A cuddly dog to help children?

Hi Tom,A dear friend of mine suggested I contact you. I have a question that I am hoping you may help clarify.I am really...

Ask the Dogfather: Labs in need of door manners

Hi Tom,I have a 6-month-old Labrador puppy who is overly exuberant when company arrives. When he hears a knock at the door, he barks...

Reliable recall for a boxer, and some tick talk

Tom Shelby, who has trained dogs and their owners on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, answers readers’ questions about their problematic pooches....

Ask the Dogfather: Rosie the barker

Dear Dogfather:I have a rescue dog that we have had for two years. We adopted her last April, when she was a little over...