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Ask the Dogcharmer: Emma and Noel

Hi, I adopted a rescue dog, Noel, from Florida about two weeks ago. She is about 9 months old, and was found on the streets....

Dogcharmer: The hills are alive!

Dear Dogcharmer, I am getting a dog to accompany me on my hiking trips. I am looking for a pooch with stamina and a good,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: New puppy

Dear Tom: We have two dogs and are soon to get a puppy. While we have always rotated in one new puppy after the older...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Penny

Hi Tom, Our 3 Rhodesian ridgeback, Penny, is as sweet and loving as they come, but she has been a spoiled "only child" since we...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Spike

Dear Tom, When I adopted Spike two years ago, he was a very damaged and shy rescue puppy. He has become more confident, and...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: To treat or not to treat

Hi Tom, I'm struggling with the idea of when to reward with a treat, and when to correct behavior without a reward. For example, I...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tucker

Dear Tom, Our 6-year-old labradoodle, Tucker, is a wonderful, well-mannered dog except for when company arrives. He joyfully greets our guests, jumps up to lick...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The last days

Dear Tom, Our beloved dog Barkley was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. We gave him as much supportive care as we could through chemotherapy,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The pup’s a punk

Dear Tom, I always see your great responses to dog questions in the MV Times, and I thought I’d email you with one (if you...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Rosie

Hello Tom, My dog Rosie is a 7-year-old Brittany spaniel. Last week, I had to be out one afternoon for about four hours (not all...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Canine aggression

Dear Dogcharmer, My wife loves cats. She panics when confronting a growling dog on the street, a scary situation we experienced recently in front of...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Bonnie

Dear Dogcharmer, When I am here on the Vineyard, I take my dog, Bonnie, out to take care of business on a pretty consistent schedule,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Tucker

Dear Tom, Three weeks ago we rescued Tucker, an 11-month-old Bernese/Aussie. We have left Tucker alone in the house, but when he discovered our shoes,...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: The off-leash club

Dear Tom, Ron is a rescue our family has had for about three years. We’re almost certain he's a Lab mix, around 4 years old....

The Dogcharmer: Norman

Hi Dogcharmer, So my question is about my 9-month-old puppy, Norman. He continually eats poop — his own, and other dogs too. I pick up...

The Dogcharmer: New 8-week-old puppy

Hi, Mr. Dogcharmer, We just got an 8-week-old Cardigan Welsh corgi puppy. Any suggestions? Eight weeks was a lot younger than we thought, and...

The Dogcharmer: She’s a menace

Hello Tom, I could really use your expertise. I have an extremely fearful dog who is highly aggressive. Over the course of four years I've...

The Dogcharmer: Maysie

Hi Tom, We are having a pretty big issue with our dog Maysie that I don't know if you can help with. Maysie has been...

Dogcharmer: Wild and crazy pup

Hello Tom, I have a now 8-month Lab mix. He was in foster care for a month, and came to me at the end...

Dogcharmer: Becham

Hi, Dogcharmer, You know my terrier-mix puppy Becham. He is adorable, and is a wonderful addition to our family. We love him, and cannot imagine...