Sunday, April 14, 2024

Dogcharmer

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer

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Dear Dogcharmer, I have a shiba inu named Pilot. He is smart and totally adorable, but he is a challenge when it comes to training because he not food-motivated. He is usually more interested in...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: How do I approach a neighbor who’s neglecting her dog?

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Dear Tom, I have a neighbor who has a young dog — maybe a year old — that she has had for about eight months. The woman works all the time, crating the dog for four...

Ask Tom, the Dogcharmer: Dogs and radios

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Dear Dogcharmer, When I leave my dog alone to go to work, I leave the radio on NPR, so it's people talking and intelligent programming. I'm assuming leaving the radio on is more comforting to...

Ask Tom, aka The Dogcharmer: For the love of a bulldog

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Dear Dogfather, I have fallen in love with a 60-pound male English bulldog. He is a beautiful big boy with the face of a mastiff. He spent most of his three years in California in...

Ask the Dogfather: Ziggy is afraid of new places

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Dear Dogfather, I have a question regarding my 6-month-old collie mix, Ziggy. I got Ziggy from the local shelter about two weeks ago, and have been very happy to have him so far. However, he...

Ask the Dogfather: How young is too young (to train a dog)?

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Dear Dogfather, I have a 10-week-old pug named Menemsha. I was teaching him to sit when my neighbor told me I shouldn't start training until he was 6 months old. My neighbor worked with military...

Henry and the crabby old man, and BMax, LC, and ticks

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Dear Dogfather, Henry and I live together in a single-family home. Henry is a 3-year-old wire fox terrier, and I am a crabby old man. We get along very well as long as we follow...

Ask the Dogfather: Mr. Z needs a pro

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Dear Dogfather, My husband and I are enjoying your dog column. We have a question and need your advice, and perhaps a visit by you with our cockapoo Mr. Z. Z is 6 years old....

Ask the Dogfather: A puppy named Bear

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Dear Dogfather, We recently adopted a 4½-month-old puppy named Bear. We are unsure of the details regarding his background, but we do know that ours is the third or fourth home he has lived in...

Ask the Dogfather: A cuddly dog to help children?

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Hi Tom, A dear friend of mine suggested I contact you. I have a question that I am hoping you may help clarify. I am really wanting a dog, but since I work so much (sometimes...

Ask the Dogfather: Labs in need of door manners

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Hi Tom, I have a 6-month-old Labrador puppy who is overly exuberant when company arrives. When he hears a knock at the door, he barks and runs to the door so he can sniff and...

Reliable recall for a boxer, and some tick talk

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Tom Shelby, who has trained dogs and their owners on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, answers readers’ questions about their problematic pooches. Got a question for the Dogfather? Send it to dogsrshelby@msn.com. Dear...

Ask the Dogfather: Rosie the barker

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Dear Dogfather: I have a rescue dog that we have had for two years. We adopted her last April, when she was a little over 1 year old. She had been bred once at a...

Ask the Dogfather: What to do about Bosley?

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Dear Dogfather, I just adopted a 4-month-old puppy from a rescue group. Could you give me some idea of what I should and should not do to ensure that he acclimates to his new environment...

Ask the Dogfather: Hudson has issues

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A question for the Dogfather: Hudson obviously has abandonment issues, and fights his way out of the door when we want to go out without him. We gave him the command “Down! Stay!” with a...

Ask the Dogfather: Is parenting a pup the same as parenting a child?

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Tom Shelby, who has trained dogs and their owners on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, answers readers’ questions about their problematic pooches. Got a question for the Dogfather? Send it to dogs...

Ask the Dogfather: Should we get a puppy? Should we get two?

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Tom Shelby, who has trained dogs and their owners on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, answers readers’ questions about their problematic pooches. Got a question for the Dogfather? Send it to dogsrshelby@msn.com. Dear...

Ask The Dogfather: Rowdy German seeks guidance

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Tom Shelby, who has trained dogs and their owners on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, answers readers’ questions about their problematic pooches. Got a question for the Dogfather? Send it to dogsrshelby@msn.com. Dear...

Ask the Dogfather: A letter from a yellow Lab

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Sore Dog asks, how do I avoid my owner’s cruelty?

Ask the Dogfather: Frightening lightning

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What to do about scaredy-cats (-dog)?