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Dogcharmer: George won’t come when called

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Dear Dogcharmer,  We have the cutest little Westy imaginable. His name is George. We got him when he was 3 months old. He's now 4½...

Dogcharmer: Is it just loud noises?

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Dear Dogcharmer, We recently adopted a mix named Sheila. She's about 2 years old, and acts normal most of the time. However, sometimes she just...

Dogcharmer: Conan’s not calm

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Dear Dog Charmer, Our dog Conan is a one-year-old German Shepherd who is very friendly with people and impossibly aggressive when it comes to other...

Dogcharmer: Potcake is great

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Dear Dogcharmer, We adopted a Lab mix named Potcake six months ago. She's now 9 months old, and fine in every way, except for her...

Dogcharmer: ‘Go find!’

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Dear Dogcharmer, If I wanted to get a puppy into search and rescue, how would I start? And how great are their noses, really? Your...

Dogcharmer: Learn to use your retractable leash

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Dear Dogcharmer, What are your thoughts about retractable leashes? I keep getting rope burns! Scalded Hand Dear Scalded Hand, I've been asked your question many times. First things...

Dogcharmer: The Sheltie puppy and the cats

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Dear Dogcharmer: We have a new 3-month-old Sheltie, Michael, we rescued, and while he's a sweet boy, our two cats haven't warmed up to him...

Dogcharmer: He hates the car

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Dear Dogcharmer, Our dog Carlos absolutely hates to go anywhere in the car. He paces, whines, and barks continuously, whether it's a five-minute or two-hour...

Dogcharmer: A traumatic search

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Dear Dogcharmer, I would love to hear about a K-9 search and rescue experience. Arnold Dear Arnold, My wife often tells me to relate this story, because of...

Dogcharmer: Barking Bessie

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Dear Dogcharmer,  When we have visitors over, Bessie, our Aussie, barks incessantly, and follows them barking if they move about. She's not aggressive, but nonetheless...

Dogcharmer: Meeting the cousins

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Trainer Tom, Our female 4-month-old puppy toy poodle, Cutie, is soon to meet our daughter's 4-year-old male Doberman, named Spoiler. My daughter says he's friendly...

Dogcharmer: Tricks and costumes?

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To my readers, When people find out I'm a dog trainer, many of them will invariably throw in a couple of questions in the course...

Dogcharmer: Kisses don’t cause bleeding

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Dear Dogcharmer, Mona is our 3-year-old Boston terrier, and jumps on people to try to kiss them, which often results in them getting slightly nipped....

Dogcharmer: Cosmo in the car

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Dear Tom, I have a question for you regarding my dog, Cosmo. He is a 1½ year old German shepherd. I have been working on...

Dogcharmer: New pup in an old pack

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Dear Tom,  Jeanette and I were hoping that you could help us. We are very much in need of assistance in integrating our new 5-month-old...

Dogcharmer: Anxious and aggressive?

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Dear Tom, Our sweet furry family member, Bruno, is a 6-year-old French bulldog. He is a loving and beloved member of our family, and great...

Dogcharmer: The nose knows

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Dear Readers, I was at a dinner the other night, and one of the guests evidently heard that I'm a dog trainer, and did K-9...

Dogcharmer: No touching?

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Hello Tom, Here is a question from my mother’s dog, Penny. Penny was retired from having puppies in August 2021, and seemed to knew nothing...

Dogcharmer: Two problems, two approaches

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Hello, Tom, My name is Moose. I am a toy fox terrier/French bulldog mix. I will be turning 6 years old this year. I go...

Dogcharmer: Skittish newcomer

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Dear Tom, We have just last week brought a new dog into our family. She is now our adorable Phoebe, a 5-year-old American cocker spaniel....