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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...

Dogcharmer: Lola

Hi there,This is our puppy Lola, with her big sister Gracie. She gets super-excited when guests come to the house, and “nervous wets.”...

Dogcharmer: Louie

Dear Dogcharmer,Our 11-week-old puppy, Louie, loves being outside! He tries to chew and eat everything he can get his mouth on, to the point...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Otis

Hi Tom,My question is actually more about people, rather than my dog. Otis is a bit nervous by nature. After a lot of work,...

The Dogcharmer: Riley

Dear Dogcharmer,My 6-month-old puppy Riley is smart, but she has a lot of energy! Two issues with training we are having include 1) Constant...

The Dogcharmer: Pugsley

Dear Dogcharmer:I had a question regarding my dog Pugsley. He likes to roll in disgusting things, other dog's poop and other gross stuff, when...

The Dogcharmer: Bella

Dear Dogcharmer,My 10-year-old mix breed Bella recently started picking up my 3-year-old son’s toys and socks, and won’t let go of them. It ends...

Westminster to West Tisbury

Training a dog and working with a dog are two different things. While training is teaching the dog, working with a dog is listening...

The Dogcharmer: Otis

Dear Dogcharmer, We just got an 8-week-old hound mix puppy named Otis. What are your puppy tips for a young family? And what are your...

The Dogcharmer: Daryl Dixon

Dear Dogcharmer,We rescued Daryl Dixon last October. He came to us scared of the world. He was only 4 months old, and clearly hadn’t...