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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...

Dogcharmer: Stay, Pepper

Hi Tom!  We recently adopted a puppy named Pepper. We have been pretty successful with training her, but I am having one issue with one...

Dog Charmer: Training ground

Dear Dog Charmer: When do you think training should begin? Thanks so much!   Eleanor   Dear Eleanor and Dog Charmer readers,        This is a question I get asked all the...

Dogcharmer: Scared shepherd

Dear Mr Shelby, My name is Diana. I live in Mauritius. I have a German shepherd who is very scared of thunder and lightning. At...

Dogcharmer: Sensory overload

Dear Dogcharmer readers, I've been getting paid to play intelligently with dogs for a long time — so long that I'm hard-pressed to hear a...

Dog Charmer: Daisy and Opie

Dear Dog Charmer,   It doesn’t matter how many times my dogs, Daisy and Opie, have seen a squirrel, a bird, a deer...or even our next...

Dogcharmer: Loud Lab

Hi Tom,  I hope you are doing well.  I am writing about our beautiful Harlow, 6-month-old Lab-cross rescue. She is overall a great dog, listens mostly...

Dogcharmer: Daisy and Opie

Dear Dogcharmer, It doesn’t matter how many times my dogs, Daisy and Opie, have seen a squirrel, a bird, a deer, or even our next-door...

Dogcharmer: Casey

Dear Dogcharmer, Our Irish setter, Casey, refuses to allow anyone to groom her. When I approach her with a grooming brush, she backs off. I...

Dogcharmer: LouLou

Dear Tom, LouLou, an 18-month-old (or so) foxhound came to us in late October 2018. I am uncertain of her background, but she is a...