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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...

Dogcharmer: Fiona, the new friend

Hi Tom,Jenna here, in need of more doggy advice! We recently welcomed a little rescue puppy male to our family, a 9-month-old chihuahua/corgi/sheltie/Havanese mix,...

The Dogcharmer: Scout’s honor

Hey, Tom!We live on a main road with many people passing by our windows each day. Our 14-month-old mixed-breed, Scout, LOVES to bark when...

Dogcharamer: The thief meets the Dog God

You get home, really hungry, really looking forward to that pastrami on rye you’ve been thinking about for the last hour. Finally, you’re in...

Dogcharmer: Cloe and Mookie, BFFs

Hi, Dogcharmer Tom,My question was whether Cloe (my 2-year-old foster pup through Sandy Paws Rescue), who had been with three other dogs since a...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Tongue-tied

There was rarely a week that went by when I didn’t have at least a handful of first appointments. They, the dogs that is,...

Dogcharmer: Welcome to the family

Hi Tom,You’ve been so helpful training Coco and Loretta. Now I need you once more. I am bringing a rescue puppy home with...

Burying the bone

Dear Dogcharmer,I have a question. It pertains to dogs digging and burying. My previous mutt of 17 years was never a digger — the...

Dogcharmer: Coffee table or chew toy?

Dear Dogcharmer,My husband and I own two dogs: Our old girl, Luna, is a 9-year-old Lab mix whom we've had since she was a...

The Dogcharmer: Run, run, runaway

Dear Dogcharmer,Jenna here, I work for The MV Times and love reading your doggy advice! As it turns out, I actually need some...

Dogcharmer: Transferring trauma

Dear Dogcharmer,How come you never talk about your K-9 search and rescue experiences?DaveDear Dogcharmer reader,This was a question asked of me the other...

The Dogcharmer: Unfond memory

Dear Dogcharmer readers,The Oak Bluffs Post Office is somewhat of a social scene, and at this time of year, the last thing I want...

Dogcharmer: Retractable leash revisited

Dear Dogcharmer,What do you think about using retractable leashes?RB (Rope Burned)Dear RB,You're not alone! I've been asked this question three times in the...

Dogcharmer: Zdog

Dear Dogcharmer readers,My last column was my response to the owner of an 80-pound dog that went "berserk" with dog-to-dog aggression at the sight...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Eddie

Hi Dogcharmer,Meet Eddie, an 80-pound "American kennel" dog. He is one of two strays we rescued two months ago. While he gets on with...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Bernard

Hello Dogcharmer!Our dog Bernard hates car rides. He shakes, pants, whines, and won’t sit still. We avoid the car altogether because we feel bad,...

Dogcharmer: How to find a human

So I met the guy who identifies himself as Bob again, and he accosted me once more with a SAR question. This time we...

Dogcharmer: Search and rescue

He identified himself as Bob. He's called out to me at Tradewinds a handful of times, each time asking me a question about search...

Dogcharmer: Sandy

Dear Dogcharmer,When people are in our house, our Aussie constantly barks at them when they move (herding?). It sounds frightening, although we know she...