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Some Guidelines On Canine Affection

DEAR DIDI: Our young granddaughter is six years old and she LOVES dogs. Her favorite thing to do is hug them! She just wraps her arms around every dog she meets and looks so happy. My son and I disagree on whether this behavior should be curbed or not. One of us believes it is important to let her express love and kindness to animals and one of us is fearful that she is crossing lines and being too familiar with dogs that are not a part of her family. We love your column and would appreciate your opinion on ...

October 09, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Tell The Tale On Dog Tears

DEAR DIDI: Why don't dogs shed tears when they cry? – Manteca Dog Lover

September 12, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Need Help Keeping ‘Leash Control’

DEAR DIDI: Our Golden Retriever is the sweetest dog. He loves people and gets along with other dogs, most of the time. Except when we are on walks he becomes a whole different dog. He suddenly lunges, barks insanely and scares people. We've worked with a couple of trainers and nothing has changed. How do we fix this? – Concerned Parents in Lodi

August 22, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


To Shave Or Not To Shave

DEAR DIDI: We have a long haired breed dog. He is super sweet and goes to the groomer every six weeks. With the hot weather we are considering shaving him short. What do you think? – Doggy Mommy in French Camp

August 07, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Perspectives On Canine Affection

Dear Didi: How can you possibly love a dog TOO much? -Doggy Daddy

July 18, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Didi's Dogs


Beware Of The Hot Pavement

DEAR DIDI: With summer coming can you please remind people about walking their dogs at certain times of the day? – Very Concerned Dog Lover in Manteca

June 27, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Which Dogs Are Smartest?

Dear Didi: I have a three-year old Doberman Pinscher named Bella. She is the smartest dog I have ever owned. I've never owned a Doberman before so I frequently wonder if it is the breed that is so much smarter or if Bella is just a unique individual specimen. Our kids are super into teaching Bella to search for treats and play hide 'n seek. Are there studies or tests that can be taken to learn about the intelligence of our Bella? – Parent of a Smart Kid in Stockton

May 16, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Preparing Pets For New Arrivals

Dear Didi: We recently found out that my wife is expecting with our first child. How do we prepare our three-year old Boxer, Rocky for the baby? -Proud new father in Stockton

May 02, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Cruel To Crate?

Dear Didi: Isn't it cruel to crate a dog? – Dog lover in Lathrop

April 12, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


What’s Up With Dogs Wiping Their Paws?

Dear Didi: We lost our 11-year-old GoldenDoodle, Ginger, a month ago. She was absolutely the most perfect dog ever and we miss her horribly. To fill that hole in our hearts we just brought in a new Doodle puppy. His name is Cooper and he is 10 weeks old. He has an interesting habit we would like more information about. He always "wipes his paws" on the grass after going to the bathroom. Why is he doing this and should we do anything about it? ‑Doodle Parents in Stockton

April 04, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Nervous, Curious About Dog’s Tongue Color

DEAR DIDI: We have a dog that we adopted from a shelter about three weeks ago. I am extremely concerned because he has a mostly black tongue. We thought it was kind of cute until someone at the pet store in town told us that it means he is a Chow Chow mix. I know Chows can have serious aggression issues. Are we in for a difficult time? – Nervous In Manteca

March 07, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Benefits And Drawbacks Of Dog Parks

Dear Didi: The new dog park in Manteca has opened and when the weather is finally sunny, we are considering taking our dog but also are very nervous to do so. What are your thoughts about dog parks? – Sounds like fun in Manteca

February 13, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


Benefits And Drawbacks Of Dog Parks

Dear Didi: The new dog park in Manteca has opened and when the weather is finally sunny, we are considering taking our dog but also are very nervous to do so. What are your thoughts about dog parks? – Sounds like fun in Manteca

February 13, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


The Canine Lowdown On Tall Men

DEAR DIDI: We have a 17-month-old male, medium sized Labradoodle. At about four months of age, our neighbor (who is a tall man) tried to play with our dog by chasing him. The dog was frightened of the game and has never forgotten it. He is very anxious whenever our neighbor is present. He hides behind me and shakes. The dog is cautious of tall men in general, but he is fine after a few moments. We take him in public frequently. Is there a way to help him get over his fear of our neighbor? -Parents of Anxious Labradoodle ...

January 30, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


To Muzzle Or Muzzle Not?

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I are in disagreement about using muzzles on dogs. Our dog does not like having one put on at the vet's office and he puts up quite a commotion. Are muzzles cruel or really necessary? -Worried Mom

January 10, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


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Celebrate Christmas has been a holiday tradition in the Central Valley for more than 30 years. Each

DEAR DIDI: Is it ever possible that, through no fault of the human or the dog, the two are just mismatched? -Worried in Lathrop

December 11, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


What’s The Scoop On Rescue Dogs?

DEAR DIDI: I am curious about how dogs find people that are lost or trapped in natural disasters. – Curious in Ripon

November 15, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


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