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Dogcharmer: Crate training

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Tom, We picked up 8-week-old Cooper this past Saturday and could use some advice on crate training. How long can you keep Cooper in his...

Dogcharmer: Loss hits hard

Dear Tom, I have not seen you at Trade Winds lately. We are the couple with two Goldens, Chloe, 6, and Bonnie, 14 and a half....

Dog Charmer: Inseparable

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Hi Tom, Sadie, our 18-month-old Havanese, came to us at 12 weeks at the start of pandemic lockdown.  Well, I know it’s my fault for...

Dog Charmer: Crossing the road

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Hey there, How do you break a 10-month-old puppy from crossing the highway? Lisa Wilson Hi Lisa, Great question. I'm big on what I call "auto stops." Dog's...

Dog Charmer: Muzzle or not

Dear Tom, My husband and I recently adopted a 7-year-old pitbull from our local shelter. He’s a happy, mellow, friendly dog who loves anyone and...

Dogcharmer: Four-legged anxiety

Dear Tom, We have a 7-month-old Boston Terrier who is fearful of EVERYTHING including me; she loves me, but is afraid if I talk too...

Dogcharmer: No coffee for you, pardner

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Hi, Tom, I hope this note finds you thriving! Years ago you helped us with our rescue Leela when we lived in Island Cohousing, and then...

Dogcharmer: Sandwich the jumper

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Dear Dogcharmer, Sandwich (named by our 5-year-old) is a wonderful and fun addition to our family. He fits right in and completes us. He is...

Dog Charmer: The fear is real

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Hi Tom, I have a 15-week-old mini aussiedoodle whom I adopted at 13 weeks. The first two weeks were going fairly smoothly until the last...

Dog Charmer: Pearl’s in a panic

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Hi Tom, Please help me with the following question: Pearl is a happy, curious and usually intrepid 4-month-old puppy, but now, suddenly fearful of situations...

Dogcharmer: Finding a breeder

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Hi Tom, How do I really know I've found a good breeder? There are alot of scams out there with slick websites and darling puppy...

Dogcharmer: Leery of the leash

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Dear Tom, I have a lovely Yorkie that I was given three years ago. She is a great dog. She’s affectionate, athletic, cuddly, curious, smart....

Dogcharmer: Brotherly love

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Dear Dogcharmer: We got Bubba two years ago, and from day one he did not like my adult son. Bubba is fine with children and...

Dogcharmer: Momo’s getting older

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Dear Tom Shelby, Momo is my sweet, funny 17-year-old, 17-pound Coton de Tulear. I adopted him 10 years ago after retirement. Spunky in spite of...

Dogcharmer: Another attack

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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...

Dogcharmer: Energetic greetings

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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,...

Dogcharmer: Bela amore

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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

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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...

Dogcharmer: Learning about Liddy

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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

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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...
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