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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


The ‘Language’ Of Canines

DEAR DIDI: My dog seems excited when I grab her leash to go for a walk but when we actually get out there she acts bored. Sasha looks away from everyone and everything. She is a Goldendoodle (golden retriever crossed with a standard poodle) and usually very friendly so I would think she would look at people with interest instead of yawning and looking away all the time. Is she just being stuck up? – Diva owner in Ripon

December 27, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Learning How To Play ‘Fetch’

DEAR DIDI: I have always dreamt of playing Fetch with a dog. However, I finally got a dog and he loves his ball but won't bring it back. Nor will he let go of it, so that I can throw it again. He is a German Shepherd and currently about eight months old. – Disappointed Buddy

November 01, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Training And Socialization

DEAR DIDI: We just adopted a gorgeous Boxer puppy a couple of weeks ago. Our veterinarian said that we should not take him outside until he has all of his shots. At what age do you recommend that we begin a training program? - New Dog Parents in Manteca

October 10, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


For The Thrill Of The Hunt

DEAR DIDI: We have a pit mix, female, about four years old that chases bees and has been stung three to four times in her mouth. I'm sure this is quite painful and she will have a swollen lip for a couple of days. She still tries to catch them, why would she do this knowing it will hurt? Is she just dumb? LOL or is this a common thing? We have had many dogs over the years and none of them ever got stung. ‑Manteca Pit Daddy

September 26, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Curbing That Jumping Urge

DEAR DIDI: My 55 pound Boxer won't stop jumping on people. She is just so enthusiastic when we have guests that she can't help herself. I am worried that she will hurt someone someday. What can I do to help the situation? -Boxer Lover in Lathrop

September 12, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Could Your Pet Be A Service Dog?

DEAR DIDI: I have a wonderful two-year-old Labradoodle that everyone just loves. I would like for him to be certified as a service dog so he can go everywhere with me. How do I go about doing that? – Dog Lover in Ripon, CA

August 02, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


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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 ...

June 27, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


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