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Dogcharmer: Another attack

Dear Dogcharmer Reader, A couple of months ago, Irene asked me what she should have done when she was threatened by a loose dog while...

Dog Charmer: Energetic greetings

Dear Dog Charmer, We love our new addition, Parmigiano Reggiano (AKA Reggie). He's a happy pup with lots of energy. He's great with our kids,...

Dog Charmer: Bela amore

Dear Dog Charmer Tom, We have had three generations of Labs since 1990. The first two were males, father and son, and the last was...

Dogcharmer: Puppy jail

Dear Tom, Why do many new puppy owners resist crate training? I just reread your sections on crate training: Perfect! We as a society must think...

Dog Charmer: Learning about Liddy

Dear Dog Charmer Tom, We rescued my dog about eight years ago and when we first got her she had some "guarding" issues. She was...

Dogcharmer: Welcome to the family

Hi Tom! What's the best way for me to adopt a dog to have as a companion? I am a widow living alone. I’m in...

Dogcharmer: Sisters

Hi Tom: My daughter and I have 1-year-old sister golden retrievers from the same litter. We thought they would be great friends. They fight terribly...

Dogcharmer: COVID-caused condition

About half of my 800 training appointments per year were for "problem dogs." I'm not talking about unwanted behaviors that are easily rectified, like...

The Dogcharmer: Old tricks for a new pup

Hi Tom: We have a beagle that’s been with us for 9 years. He has run of the house, including couch and bed privileges. We...

Dog Charmer: Tackle time

Dear Dog Charmer: We have a 1-year-old, 65-pound rescue (mostly shepherd/Lab, based on DNA analysis) and two active, 12-year-old kids. The dog is very playful...

The Dogcharmer: Bite or flight

Dear Tom: I had a German shorthaired pointer for 13 years. I am not afraid of big dogs. I recently arrived at the Oak Bluffs Harbor...

Dogcharmer: Learning lessons

Dear Tom, I have a loving, rambunctious, 80-plus-pound, 7-month-old Anatolian shepherd who is in an important learning stage of her life, and while she has...

Dogcharmer: Stanley

Dear Dogcharmer, My dog Stanley has been the perfect 6-year-old mutt, until she all of a sudden started destroying pillows when we went out and...

The Dogcharmer: Sadie, ol’ girl

Dear Dogcharmer, We have a Lab who is pushing 15 years old. Luckily, she is still active and inquisitive, but she is starting to show...

Dog Charmer: The tug of puppy love

Dear Dog Charmer, We are hoping that you might settle a family dispute. We have a 6-month-old pup who loves to play tug-of-war. Some books...

The Dogcharmer: Adoption

Dear Tom, Growing up, our family shared many happy moments with Ginger, our pet dog. Now and as I get older, what are the advantages...

The Dogcharmer: Rosalie

Hello Dogcharmer, Rosalie rides in the wayback in our Forester, behind a grill. Whenever we stop for gas and the blameless gas station attendant fills...

The Dogcharmer: Scrappy

Dear Tom, Our 9-month-old Havanese, Scrappy, took a tumble down the stairs when we first got him last fall. You guessed it ... he hasn't...

Dogcharmer: Cavapoo, meet Rottweiler

Hey Tom, My wife and I will soon be taking our 5-month-old, 12-pound cavapoo for a three-night visit with our adult son and grandchildren off-Island....

Dogcharmer: Nose work

Hi Tom: Jeremy suggested I do some nose work with Bodhi, so I wanted to ask you where to start. And what are the benefits...
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