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Old dogs don’t learn new eating habits

DEAR OLD TRAINER: My Sheltie, Rita, is 12. She always gobbled her food down, and wanted more and always ate faster than our two young dogs, but lately she eats less and less. We tried hamburger and every other treat we could think of, but she just doesn’t eat like she once did. What should we do?

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Fighting fleas with natural products

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We applied a liquid flea and tick product to Crash, our 3-year-old Boxer, and the next day he was scratching and rolling on the carpet and the grass all day. We bathed him twice to get the product off and took him swimming and he finally calmed down. Clearly the flea liquid caused it so we haven’t used it again. Are flea products you apply to the skin of a dog safe?

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Jack Haskins: Good dogs don’t always have to be friendly

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Kong, my 3-year old standard poodle, learned his basic training with ease. He is the smartest and most loving of my four dogs, and the best trained, but he refuses to make up with anyone but me. He is not aggressive to others as long as they leave him alone, but if they reach out to pet him he growls and shows his teeth. I’m afraid he will bite someone. How do I train him to be friendly to people?

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Jack Haskins: Stopping your dogs from barking at mail carrier

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We have two dogs, Cora, a 4-year old Lab mix, and Sam, a 2-year old Weimaraner mix. Since we moved to a new house they bark at the mailman and won’t stop. Their tails are wagging and after the mailman passes they go back to sleep as if nothing happened. Is this a problem? If so, how do I stop it?

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Jack Haskins: The fastest ways to train your dog

DEAR OLD TRAINER: I followed your advice on training Ace, my 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier, and Sadie, my 2-year-old Shar Pei mix. They had never obeyed an order in their lives and now they will sit, stay, and come. Problem is, it took me months to train them. Is there a way to teach them without spending so much time on it?

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Jack Haskins: Old dogs deserve special treatment

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Annie, our Australian Shepherd, is 12 and is a wonderful dog. Lately, my husband has been giving her treats and letting her get on the couch and other things we never allowed before. He says she deserves it because she has been a good dog for so long. I don’t mind, but will relaxing discipline have adverse effects on her behavior?

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Jack Haskins: Canine philosophy key to training

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We have a 12-month old Doberman/shepherd mix. Solo is very sweet and learned house training in just a day or two. I want to train her myself, but she is so playful and full of energy I feel overwhelmed. Where do I start and what do I do?

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Training begins by deciding to do it

Dear Old Trainer: We thought Digby, our 2-year-old golden, was too wild to train until we tried that “hold” command you recommended and he learned it so fast he inspired us to start working with him. You said that is the fourth command you teach. What are the other three and where do we begin?

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The Old Trainer: A dog never forgets its favorite bad habit

Dear Old Trainer: Your training tips worked great with Annie, my 1-year old Weimaraner, but she still has one bad habit. If I relax at the dog park, she grabs anything on the ground and takes off. The other day she grabbed a woman’s purse and ran around the park for five minutes. What do I do?

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The Old Trainer: Trim those fur coats in summer

DEAR OLD TRAINER: : Ruby, my 5-year old Sheltie, has a very thick coat and Merced gets hot in the summer. I think I should get her hair cut, but my boyfriend says a thick coat keeps a dog cool in the summer. Is that true? If not, should I get her trimmed?

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The Old Trainer: Two dogs are better than one

D ear Old Trainer: My 2-year-old blue heeler, Sadie, makes my life better every day, so I feel sad when I leave for work and she looks at me like she is the saddest dog in the world. I read where you recommend everyone have a second dog. Will a second dog keep Sadie from being lonely?

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Jack Haskins: Training your pet may not be easy

DEAR OLD TRAINER: I save your columns to use in training Dude, my 1-year-old Shar-Pei. He starts off well and learns fast, but after a few minutes he quits concentrating and just wants to play. It sounds easy in your column, but I get frustrated because it’s a lot harder when I try it.

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