Thursday, May 23, 2024

Dogcharmer

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...

Dogcharmer: Tackle time

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Dear Dog Charmer: We have a 1-year-old, 65-pound rescue (mostly shepherd/Lab, based on DNA analysis) and two active, 12-year-old kids. The dog is very playful the majority of the time when running around with the...

The Dogcharmer: Bite or flight

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Dear Tom: I had a German shorthaired pointer for 13 years. I am not afraid of big dogs. I recently arrived at the Oak Bluffs Harbor about an hour early for my coffee group, and decided...

Dogcharmer: Learning lessons

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Dear Tom, I have a loving, rambunctious, 80-plus-pound, 7-month-old Anatolian shepherd who is in an important learning stage of her life, and while she has mastered, for the most part, her Dogwatch invisible fence, her...

Dogcharmer: Stanley

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Dear Dogcharmer, My dog Stanley has been the perfect 6-year-old mutt, until she all of a sudden started destroying pillows when we went out and left her home, and for the first time since she...

The Dogcharmer: Sadie, ol’ girl

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Dear Dogcharmer, We have a Lab who is pushing 15 years old. Luckily, she is still active and inquisitive, but she is starting to show signs of failing. Some issues we have been facing are...

Dogcharmer: The tug of puppy love

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Dear Dog Charmer, We are hoping that you might settle a family dispute. We have a 6-month-old pup who loves to play tug-of-war. Some books advise that tug-of-war is a good game for dogs to...

The Dogcharmer: Adoption

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Dear Tom, Growing up, our family shared many happy moments with Ginger, our pet dog. Now and as I get older, what are the advantages of adopting a dog as a single person in my...

The Dogcharmer: Rosalie

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Hello Dogcharmer, Rosalie rides in the wayback in our Forester, behind a grill. Whenever we stop for gas and the blameless gas station attendant fills up our car, Rosalie threatens him with imminent dismemberment. She...

The Dogcharmer: Scrappy

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Dear Tom, Our 9-month-old Havanese, Scrappy, took a tumble down the stairs when we first got him last fall. You guessed it ... he hasn't climbed more than three or four steps ever since. He...

Dogcharmer: Cavapoo, meet Rottweiler

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Hey Tom, My wife and I will soon be taking our 5-month-old, 12-pound cavapoo for a three-night visit with our adult son and grandchildren off-Island. My son has a docile, 11-year-old, male hound, and, of...

Dogcharmer: Stay, Pepper

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Hi Tom!  We recently adopted a puppy named Pepper. We have been pretty successful with training her, but I am having one issue with one specific command. When we practice “stay” from a “sit” position,...

Dogcharmer: Training ground

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Dear Dog Charmer: When do you think training should begin? Thanks so much!   Eleanor   Dear Eleanor and Dog Charmer readers,        This is a question I get asked all the time, in addition to, "When do you know you're done...

Dogcharmer: Scared shepherd

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Dear Mr Shelby, My name is Diana. I live in Mauritius. I have a German shepherd who is very scared of thunder and lightning. At the sound of thunder, he becomes like he does not...

Dogcharmer: Sensory overload

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Dear Dogcharmer readers, I've been getting paid to play intelligently with dogs for a long time — so long that I'm hard-pressed to hear a version of a dog story that I haven't already heard...

Dogcharmer: Daisy and Opie

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Dear Dog Charmer,   It doesn’t matter how many times my dogs, Daisy and Opie, have seen a squirrel, a bird, a deer...or even our next door neighbors … they bark incessantly until said animal or...

Dogcharmer: Loud Lab

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Hi Tom,  I hope you are doing well.  I am writing about our beautiful Harlow, 6-month-old Lab-cross rescue. She is overall a great dog, listens mostly like a Labrador, but she is a teenage punk right...

Dogcharmer: Casey

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Dear Dogcharmer, Our Irish setter, Casey, refuses to allow anyone to groom her. When I approach her with a grooming brush, she backs off. I have been feeding her by hand for two months, and...

Dogcharmer: LouLou

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Dear Tom, LouLou, an 18-month-old (or so) foxhound came to us in late October 2018. I am uncertain of her background, but she is a gentle, playful girl who is comfortable with people and other...

Dogcharmer: Fiona, the new friend

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Hi Tom, Jenna here, in need of more doggy advice! We recently welcomed a little rescue puppy male to our family, a 9-month-old chihuahua/corgi/sheltie/Havanese mix, and he is the sweetest, nicest little guy, who loves...