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Dogcharmer: Not taking my own advice

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Dear Dogcharmer Tom, I recently heard a cute tip, or recommendation for older people when it came to travel: "In your 60s, go go, in your 70s, go slow, in your 80s, no go." Well,...

Dogcharmer: Nicky the mini-pin

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Tom, I have a 16-year-old mini-pin who has to be on a leash at all times. It’s frustrating, because I would like to let him play outside, but I can’t trust him. He takes off...

Dogcharmer: Duncan wants all the attention

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Hi Tom, When you look at these pictures, it's hard to believe that this dog can be so frustrating for me. He is good when we are here alone, but when guests come, he becomes...

Dogcharmer: Building ‘den instinct’

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Hi Tom, We’d love some help with our adorable Alaskan Klee Kai puppy (about 7 months old), Ace. He’s very sweet with our children. However, he can be quite anxious, chewing up clothes, shoes, and...

Dogcharmer: Moab gets the zoomies

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Dear Tom, We would like to ask you a couple of questions. Most importantly, my husband would like to know where the “off” or “pause” button is! We have a very sweet, affectionate, energetic, and...

Dogcharmer: Summon the Dog God

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Dear Readers, The other day, while I was watching my 7-year-old grandson Jasper scoring goals in his soccer game, some guy came up to me and said, "You're the dog guy, right?" Looking over his...

Dogcharmer: Close quarters

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Dear Tom, Does each dog need their own crate, or can they share a crate? Elle Dear Elle, The answer to your question is a definite maybe. It depends on the answers to some questions. Are we talking...

Dogcharmer: Meet and greet

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Dear Tom, How best do we introduce our daughter’s new pup into our home when we already have two adult French bulldogs, Stella (10), and Louie (3), one of whom (Louie) defaults to an aggressive...

Dogcharmer: Territorial dominance

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Not long ago I met a couple at a BBQ who told me that their two Boston terriers started fighting when a visitor came to the door and rang the bell. They said they...

Dogcharmer: Tired of always saying ‘No’?

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Hi Tom, I am sure my dog Toby thinks his name is "Toby No!" How can I change the grumpy madwoman that I have become in Toby's eyes? He is always doing something that I...

Dogcharmer: Housebreaking, the eternal challenge

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I adopted Zeke, a very active poodle mix, in January. He is not my first dog, as I am 73 and have had dogs most of my adult life. I cannot seem to housebreak...

Dogcharmer: Post-Covid separation anxiety

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Dear Tom,  I got my dog, Girlie, from the Susquehanna SPCA last December. She is a Rottweiler/Australian shepherd mix, about 7 years old. She has separation anxiety that has worsened in the past few months....

Dogcharmer: Porcupines are too attractive

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Hi Tom, My two mostly Lab rescue dogs, Gus and Gracie, have a great affinity to porcupines. They have been quilled a number of times — most recently a severe quilling. Yet they never seem...

Dogcharmer: Demanding dogs

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Dear Dogcharmer:  When the phone rings, Coco barks for attention until I play with him. What can I do?  Thanks, Maryanne Dear Maryanne, Having spoken to you earlier when Coco was attacked and traumatized by a much larger dog,...

Dogcharmer: My dog was attacked by another dog

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Hello,   I have a situation my friend said you might be able to help me with. My dog was attacked by a large pit bull. I’m wondering if he’ll ever get over it.  Thank you, Mary Ann Dear...

Dogcharmer: A place of her own

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Hi, Tom. SkidHer is making some progress! How do I train SkidHer to go to a place or spot and stay there? I also am wondering how to choose the spot. I am thinking I...

Dogcharmer: Conquering excitement peeing

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Dear Dogcharmer,  Thank you for taking my question. Please advise how to eliminate the behavior of my new 5-month-old Cane Corso. She pees from the excitement of meeting new people coming to the house. Thank you,  Scott...

Dogcharmer: Nail clipping

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Hello Tom! Our question this time: Our puppy has a fear of getting his nails clipped. We are trying to desensitize him by frequently touching each nail/toe while giving treats, and with the clipper out but...

The Dogcharmer: Hates to eat!

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Good morning, Tom! I have a 10.2-pound rescue pup who does not enjoy eating! I was hoping you could help me out with this problem. I’ve tried all sorts of methods, and each eating...

Dogcharmer: Alex hits the Terrible 14s

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Hey Tom, This is my 14-week-old golden retriever, Alex sitting on my 4 year old, Brady. You could say he's been a bit of a problem child (Alex and Brady). In general he's (Alex now)...