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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...

Dogcharmer: Sisters

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Hi Tom: My daughter and I have 1-year-old sister golden retrievers from the same litter. We thought they would be great friends. They fight terribly...

Dogcharmer: COVID-caused condition

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About half of my 800 training appointments per year were for "problem dogs." I'm not talking about unwanted behaviors that are easily rectified, like...

The Dogcharmer: Old tricks for a new pup

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Hi Tom: We have a beagle that’s been with us for 9 years. He has run of the house, including couch and bed privileges. We...

Dogcharmer: Tackle time

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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

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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

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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...
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