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The Dogcharmer: Nelson, the altruistic Westie

Dear Tom: I have an adorable, friendly, loving Westie named Nelson. He is almost 2 years old, and I think he would make an amazing...

Dogcharmer: Meet and greets

What's almost always the key to a dog's reaction to other dogs it sees? Answer: socialization in combination with training. Training without socialization is...

The Dogcharmer: Monty’s follow-through

Dear Tom: First, we want to thank you for your help with Monty and your first visit with us. We feel confident you can help...

The Dogcharmer: Here, Bo

Dear Tom, I recently adopted a 1-year-old pooch that I’m calling Bo. I can’t use the word “rescue,” because this dog was clearly well loved...

The Dogcharmer: Hunting wabbit

Hi Tom, I definitely need help on how to stop my dog from hunting squirrels or bunnies. When she was very young — now...

Ask the Dogcharmer: ‘Walker’

Dear Dogcharmer, My dog feels terrible during car rides. I keep the windows opened for fresh air, and give her water. Whenever we get in...

The Dogcharmer: Coco and Loretta

Hi Tom, Usually my two dogs are inseparable BFFs. However, lately my rescue Coco seems to be getting really annoyed with his little sister Loretta....

The Dogcharmer: Calvin

Hi Tom, Our friend Bob O'Rourke said he ran into you yesterday, and mentioned our dog problem. We have a saluki, Calvin, who is aggressive...

The Dogcharmer: Abby

Dear Dogcharmer, Our lovely young Lab, Abby, is a true member of our family, and in many ways we think she has great behavior. However,...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Rex and Taffy

Hi Tom, We are having trouble getting out the door without Rex and Taffy both forcing their way out! We have been working with Rex,...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Bri

Dear Tom, I have an 18-month-old Briard who has become increasingly aggressive. I just relocated to the Island. On the eve of my move, he...

Ask the Dogcharmer: What to do about Presley?

Dear Dogcharmer, My elderly mother adopted a rescue puppy off the Internet a year ago, and has had trouble housebreaking the dog. The 2-year-old chihuahua...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Blue and his food

Hi you guys, Blue is so weird about food! Sometimes he is fine and just eats his food twice a day, no problem for...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Trooper

Dear Dogcharmer, Trooper, my 11-month-old goldendoodle, has a problem with nipping. When he wants to go out, he will nip at my hand and hit...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Pully’s pulling on his leash

Hi Tom, I am hoping you can help us. We have a f4-year-old Labrador/Staffordshire male dog who loves to pull us when we take him...

The Dogcharmer: Thought for food

Hello Tom, I have a 1-year-old mix named Milo, and I have a two-part question: 1) Is it possible to give too many treats?...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Larz

Dear Dogcharmer, Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time with us last week. My question for you is, "How do I get Larz not...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Future fatso?

Dear Dogcharmer, We are the happy new parents of a wire-haired dachshund puppy. We know that training is very important and are ready to throw...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Max

Hello Dogcharmer, My guy is perfect in every way but one. I prefer walking him off-leash, but this is not always a perfect experience. He...

Ask the Dogcharmer: Chilly in Chilmark

Dear Tom, We are happy new parents of a wirehaired dachshund puppy. Housetraining was going pretty well until this Arctic chill turned our yard into...