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Dealing With Separation Anxiety

DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is seven months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has one big problem that could end up causing me to find a new home for her. I work nights and leave the apartment at 10 o'clock at night. This is when most of my neighbors are going to sleep. Daisy immediately goes into a screeching bark as soon as the front door closes. My neighbors are complaining and I don't know what to do. Does she need a friend? Pug Lover in Modesto

March 21, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


What Color Is Best For Canines?

DEAR DIDI: My dog has so many toys of all colors and shapes. He has definite preferences, though, so we wonder if he is color blind. He tends to ignore the pretty bright red ones that we thought he would like the most and goes for boring blue! –True Colors in Manteca

March 08, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Dog Guilt Doesn’t Equal Sorry

DEAR DIDI: Do dogs feel guilty for things they have done? Our boy sure looks like he KNOWS he has done something wrong when we get home from work. – Shepherd Parents

February 09, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Addressing Canine Possession Aggression

DEAR DIDI: We have a beautiful 8-month-old male bulldog. He is sweet and very sociable with our family and friends. However, he has one issue that is very disconcerting. We can give him treats by hand and he takes them gently, but if we go near his bowl he growls and lifts his lips. My husband attempted to take the bowl from him for being rude and he bit him. He will also act this way over meat bones but not toys. We feel like he is bipolar, or a Jekyll and Hyde. Is there any way to fix this ...

January 26, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


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January 11, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Make Socializing Puppy A Priority

DEAR DIDI: My boyfriend and I are picking up an early Christmas present to ourselves this weekend; a 9 week old yellow lab! We are so excited to add this guy to our family. We have a small cat, but no kids at the moment and we want to make sure we do everything right by our new baby boy. We live in a two bedroom apartment, but we have a dog park within a five minute walk. He has his first set of shots and we have an appointment to get his second after Christmas. We know exercise is ...

December 07, 2015 | | Didi's Dogs


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What's In A (Pet's) Name?

November 16, 2015 | | Didi's Dogs


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What To Do About Fence Fighting?

November 03, 2015 | | Didi's Dogs


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Beware The Backyard Breeders

October 23, 2015 | | Didi's Dogs


Breaking The Cycle

DEAR DIDI: We have a six-month-old male pit that we rescued from the shelter about three months ago. He is such a wonderful and sweet dog that we love to death. We have one issue though. When my husband comes home from work at night our dog greets him at the door enthusiastically and then rolls over on his back and pees! He doesn't do this with me but also does it with our neighbor when he visits. We can't figure out where the problem is. My husband gets very angry and thinks the dog is growing up ...

July 30, 2014 | | Didi's Dogs


Didi’s Dogs – Balance Indoor, Outdoor Living

DEAR DIDI: Our blue nosed Pit Bull, Bruno, is the love of our life but we have one issue that just drives us crazy. We both work all day. We want Bruno to be able to enjoy our very large landscaped back yard during the day while we are at work. Instead, Bruno digs holes everywhere, which is costing us lots of money and time to fix. He digs up bushes, holes in the lawn, and has even dug up our sprinkler system at times! He has had excellent training courses, listens to commands beautifully and even won a blue ...

June 11, 2014 | Dierdra McElroy | Didi's Dogs


Didi’s Dogs – Thrill Of The Chase

DEAR DIDI: I have an eight-month old black lab. She has so much energy. We read your column faithfully and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. Our vet mentioned that laser light play isn't good for her eyes. What do you think? – Lathrop Dog Mommy

October 23, 2013 | Dierdra McElroy | Didi's Dogs


Didi’s Dogs - Dogs On A Diet?

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry.

September 11, 2013 | | Didi's Dogs


Didi’s Dogs – Dealing With Separation Anxiety

DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is seven months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has one big problem that could end up causing me to find a new home for her. I work nights and leave the apartment at 10 o'clock at night. This is when most of my neighbors are going to sleep. Daisy immediately goes into a screeching bark as soon as the front door closes. My neighbors are complaining and I don't know what to do. Does she need a friend? ‑ Pug Lover in Modesto

August 14, 2013 | | Didi's Dogs


Didi’s Dogs - How Best To Train?

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

July 10, 2013 | | Didi's Dogs


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To Trim Or Not To Trim

DEAR DIDI: I know where my greyhound, Sasha, is at all times. Her nails echo through the house on my hardwood floors. I am terrified ...

April 04, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


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