Sunday, April 14, 2024

Dogcharmer

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...

Dogcharmer: Four-legged anxiety

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Dear Tom, We have a 7-month-old Boston Terrier who is fearful of EVERYTHING including me; she loves me, but is afraid if I talk too loud or move fast. She also has big time stranger...

Dogcharmer: No coffee for you, pardner

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Hi, Tom, I hope this note finds you thriving! Years ago you helped us with our rescue Leela when we lived in Island Cohousing, and then we got you connected with that community to help with...

Dogcharmer: Sandwich the jumper

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Dear Dogcharmer, Sandwich (named by our 5-year-old) is a wonderful and fun addition to our family. He fits right in and completes us. He is well-mannered, a quick learner, and is super snuggly and goofy....

Dog Charmer: The fear is real

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Hi Tom, I have a 15-week-old mini aussiedoodle whom I adopted at 13 weeks. The first two weeks were going fairly smoothly until the last few nights when he developed what seems like a sudden...

Dog Charmer: Pearl’s in a panic

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Hi Tom, Please help me with the following question: Pearl is a happy, curious and usually intrepid 4-month-old puppy, but now, suddenly fearful of situations she used to enjoy — a short walk in the...

Dogcharmer: Finding a breeder

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Hi Tom, How do I really know I've found a good breeder? There are alot of scams out there with slick websites and darling puppy photos. Eleanor Dear Eleanor, This is an important question for those who are...

Dogcharmer: Leery of the leash

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Dear Tom, I have a lovely Yorkie that I was given three years ago. She is a great dog. She’s affectionate, athletic, cuddly, curious, smart. There is, however, one little issue that drives me crazy,...

Dogcharmer: Brotherly love

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Dear Dogcharmer: We got Bubba two years ago, and from day one he did not like my adult son. Bubba is fine with children and women, but iffy with some men. My son lives with...

Dogcharmer: Momo’s getting older

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Dear Tom Shelby, Momo is my sweet, funny 17-year-old, 17-pound Coton de Tulear. I adopted him 10 years ago after retirement. Spunky in spite of his age, he is somewhat fussy about his food but...

Dogcharmer: Another attack

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Dear Dogcharmer Reader, A couple of months ago, Irene asked me what she should have done when she was threatened by a loose dog while taking a walk. What she did do was stand still...

Dogcharmer: Energetic greetings

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Dear Dog Charmer, We love our new addition, Parmigiano Reggiano (AKA Reggie). He's a happy pup with lots of energy. He's great with our kids, other families, and other dogs — all of which was...

Dogcharmer: Bela amore

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Dear Dog Charmer Tom, We have had three generations of Labs since 1990. The first two were males, father and son, and the last was the granddaughter of the first. She is still with us,...

Dogcharmer: Puppy jail

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Dear Tom, Why do many new puppy owners resist crate training? I just reread your sections on crate training: Perfect! We as a society must think of the crate as jail. However, we do use playpens...

Dogcharmer: Learning about Liddy

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Dear Dog Charmer Tom, We rescued my dog about eight years ago and when we first got her she had some "guarding" issues. She was 3 years old and living in a foster home with...

Dogcharmer: Welcome to the family

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Hi Tom! What's the best way for me to adopt a dog to have as a companion? I am a widow living alone. I’m in my 70s, and despite some health issues, am reasonably active...

Dogcharmer: Sisters

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Hi Tom: My daughter and I have 1-year-old sister golden retrievers from the same litter. We thought they would be great friends. They fight terribly when together, to the point where they actually will become...

Dogcharmer: COVID-caused condition

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About half of my 800 training appointments per year were for "problem dogs." I'm not talking about unwanted behaviors that are easily rectified, like Bowser pulling on the leash or counter surfing. For a...

The Dogcharmer: Old tricks for a new pup

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Hi Tom: We have a beagle that’s been with us for 9 years. He has run of the house, including couch and bed privileges. We just adopted a German shepherd. We’re not allowing her on...