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Dogcharmer: Louie

Dear Dogcharmer, Our 11-week-old puppy, Louie, loves being outside! He tries to chew and eat everything he can get his mouth on, to the point...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Otis

Hi Tom, My question is actually more about people, rather than my dog. Otis is a bit nervous by nature. After a lot of work,...

The Dogcharmer: Riley

Dear Dogcharmer, My 6-month-old puppy Riley is smart, but she has a lot of energy! Two issues with training we are having include 1) Constant...

The Dogcharmer: Pugsley

Dear Dogcharmer: I had a question regarding my dog Pugsley. He likes to roll in disgusting things, other dog's poop and other gross stuff, when...

The Dogcharmer: Bella

Dear Dogcharmer, My 10-year-old mix breed Bella recently started picking up my 3-year-old son’s toys and socks, and won’t let go of them. It ends...

Westminster to West Tisbury

Training a dog and working with a dog are two different things. While training is teaching the dog, working with a dog is listening...

The Dogcharmer: Otis

Dear Dogcharmer, We just got an 8-week-old hound mix puppy named Otis. What are your puppy tips for a young family? And what are your...

The Dogcharmer: Daryl Dixon

Dear Dogcharmer, We rescued Daryl Dixon last October. He came to us scared of the world. He was only 4 months old, and clearly hadn’t...

The Dogcharmer: Retractable leashes

Retractable leashes have caused thousands of injuries, to people and dogs. Mostly rope burns, cuts, and eye injuries, and even amputations. It's easy to...

The Dogcharmer: Nelson, the altruistic Westie

Dear Tom: I have an adorable, friendly, loving Westie named Nelson. He is almost 2 years old, and I think he would make an amazing...

Dogcharmer: Meet and greets

What's almost always the key to a dog's reaction to other dogs it sees? Answer: socialization in combination with training. Training without socialization is...

The Dogcharmer: Monty’s follow-through

Dear Tom: First, we want to thank you for your help with Monty and your first visit with us. We feel confident you can help...

The Dogcharmer: Here, Bo

Dear Tom, I recently adopted a 1-year-old pooch that I’m calling Bo. I can’t use the word “rescue,” because this dog was clearly well loved...

The Dogcharmer: Hunting wabbit

Hi Tom, I definitely need help on how to stop my dog from hunting squirrels or bunnies. When she was very young — now...

Ask the Dogcharmer: ‘Walker’

Dear Dogcharmer, My dog feels terrible during car rides. I keep the windows opened for fresh air, and give her water. Whenever we get in...

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...