Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Dogcharmer

Dog Charmer: Charlotte’s conundrum

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Dear Dog Charmer,  My dog Charlotte is afraid of most other dogs. We rescued her when she was about 1 year old and now she’s over 10 years old. She is mixed breeds — an...

Dog Charmer: Max the nipper

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Dear Tom, We have a 6-year- old, un-neutered miniature ginger dachshund named Max. He has an absolute compulsion to chew holes in blankets and quilts, with, I’m afraid, occasional swallowing of stuffing. If I see...

Dogcharmer: New to outdoor walks

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Hi Tom! I have a question about my miniature schnauzer puppy, Louie. He’s 6 months old. I’ve had him since he was about 8 weeks old. So far, training has been going reasonably well, but...

Dogcharmer: Truffle the schipperke

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Dear Dogcharmer, At what age should Truffle start obedience training? Thanks!   Paul and Jared   Dear Paul and Jared,  In the 1960s, many thought the optimal time to start obedience training was when the dog was no longer a...

Dogcharmer: Coming when called

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We have a beautiful and smart 6-month-old male Rottweiler named Dakota. He is really good with the basics of sit, lay down, and stay. We love to go hiking and the goal is to...

Dogcharmer: A dog for your golden years?

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Dear Dogcharmer,  My husband and I are thinking about getting a dog in the future. Most likely, we will look at one of the smaller breeds, just for ease of handling as we get older....

Dogcharmer: Pug or poodle?

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Hi Tom! I am a 39-year-old single woman living in the city and want to get my first dog. I am trying to decide between a miniature poodle or a pug. Can you offer any...

Dogcharmer: Rolling in trouble

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Dear Tom, Why does my dog love to roll in nasty stuff? Michael Dear Michael,  Great question because it's not just your dog, all dogs do it. My standard poodle, Paula Jean, is the first dog I've ever...

Dogcharmer: Eddie is a needy pup

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Dear Tom,  I would love some behavioral support for 11-year-old Eddie. I live in West Tisbury alone with Eddie and Annie, my two dogs. My 90-year-old parents moved out in March. I work full time....

Dogcharmer: Pandemic puppy trouble

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Hi Tom, We have a 2-year-old, 17-pound Cavapoo with a bad owner: Me. Since she was a pup, we have played rough, wrestling and playing "dodge the nips" with my sleeves and forearms. We both have...

Dogcharmer: Stair-crazy

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Hi, Mr. Shelby: I recently adopted a sweet little 9-year-old Yorkie named Abbey from Susquehanna SPCA. She speeds up my front and back porch steps with no problem, but refuses to climb the 15 steps...

Dogcharmer: Jumping and biting

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Dear Tom, We have a soon-to-be 4-month-old black female Lab puppy, Molly, who is very persistent with her jumping and biting. Do you have some suggestions for us? Marcia Dear Marcia, To me, the unofficial maturation of a...

Dogcharmer: Keep calm and carry on

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Dear Tom, Our 3-year-old rescue Lily goes nuts when she sees other dogs on our walks! She calms right down if she can get close and “say hi” to the other dog, but lots of...

Dogcharmer: Anxious pups

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Hello, I am inquiring about dog training on Martha’s Vineyard. A quick internet search led me to your web page and I’m wondering if you still train here on the Island, and if you’re...

Dogcharmer: Working dogs

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My two working dogs were Michelle and Mike, both Dobermans. Michelle found two people alive, and some not alive. Mike tracked a woman 11 miles. They were Search and Rescue dogs. (SAR). Readers, as...

Dogcharmer: Crate training

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Tom, We picked up 8-week-old Cooper this past Saturday and could use some advice on crate training. How long can you keep Cooper in his crate crying and whimpering before you give in? Very happy new...

Dogcharmer: Loss hits hard

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Dear Tom, I have not seen you at Trade Winds lately. We are the couple with two Goldens, Chloe, 6, and Bonnie, 14 and a half. They have been together since Chloe was a puppy. Sadly, Bonnie...

Dog Charmer: Inseparable

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Hi Tom, Sadie, our 18-month-old Havanese, came to us at 12 weeks at the start of pandemic lockdown.  Well, I know it’s my fault for taking her everywhere with me, for putting her in her...

Dog Charmer: Crossing the road

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Hey there, How do you break a 10-month-old puppy from crossing the highway? Lisa Wilson Hi Lisa, Great question. I'm big on what I call "auto stops." Dog's walking next to you, no leash. When you get to...

Dog Charmer: Muzzle or not

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Dear Tom, My husband and I recently adopted a 7-year-old pitbull from our local shelter. He’s a happy, mellow, friendly dog who loves anyone and everyone he meets. Unfortunately, in one of his previous homes he...