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Trust a dog’s instincts in rating people

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We have a 9-month old German Shepherd mix named Willie. Last week I took him to the vet and he growled and showed his teeth when the vet started to examine him. I put a muzzle on him, but after the exam the vet said, “That dog has a mean streak. I advise putting him down.” We’ve only had Willie three months, but I have really bonded with him and hate the idea of putting him down. What is your advice?

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3 simple exercises to retrain a herding dog

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Rip, my 18-month old Aussie, is the perfect dog, but sometimes I’m shocked at what he does. Yesterday I was playing ball with him and my neighbor came over to watch. With no warning Rip ran over and grabbed his pants cuff, just above his heel, and started barking and pulling on the pants with all his might. Why did he do that?

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Should dogs’ thick fur be cut to ward off summer suffering?

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We got Beau, our 3-year old Husky, when we lived in Jackson Hole. We now live in Kansas City and it is scorching in the summers. Some people tell us to have Beau shaved to help him endure the heat, and some tell us never cut a Husky’s coat because the thick coat protects him from the heat. Which is right?

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Two tricks to help cool off ‘hot spots’ on your dog

DEAR OLD TRAINER: You said not long ago you found a way to cure red spots on your dogs. I need the details because Max, my mixed breed (might be Maltese and Shih Tzu), has them all the time. They are blood red, about the size of a pea, and they drive him crazy. My vet calls them “hot spots” and it costs $70 every time he treats one. What was your solution?

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Reading a dog’s body language

DEAR OLD TRAINER: In a column you talked about how it is an advantage in training to read your dog’s body language, but you didn’t explain how to do it. Why is it useful, what do I watch for, and can I see it in my Maltese puppy?

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Pouting is a clever dog trick

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Your column on getting an old dog to eat was perfect timing. Bax, our 9-year old Malamute, suddenly started ignoring his food and it never crossed my mind he might be pouting because he was jealous. He loves Liz, our 3-year old Lab, but I guess he decided she was getting too much of the spotlight. As soon as we started giving him special attention he started eating again.

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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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