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
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
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
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
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
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
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
DEAR DIDI: We have a beautiful 10-week-old Rottweiler puppy. She is so good and hasn't caused any problems, which just amazes us. We have a large landscaped backyard where she plays all day while we are at work. Last week we came home to a lethargic dog. We thought she was just tired but by 9 o'clock at night she was drooling nonstop and just not acting right. After rushing her into an emergency vet and spending over $1000 our little baby managed to survive a poisoning. Please remind people that some of our pretty backyard plants can ...
DEAR DIDI: I was out bicycling when a lady walking her dog began screaming behind me. I glanced down in time to notice a wiener dog at my feet. It actually managed to jump up and bite my foot! I pedaled faster and sped away leaving the woman to retrieve her unruly dog. I don't know who she is or where she lives. When I got home I discovered the dog left three puncture wounds around my Achilles tendon. It has hurt for a week but wasn't bad enough to see a doctor. I keep thinking … if this ...
DEAR DIDI: I need your help. I kept two of my dog's male puppies. They are half mini pin and Chihuahua mix. They are 2 years old and they have not been neutered. They are potty trained in the house except they continue to mark corners of beds, my couch, the pool table legs. Also in the garage they mark the tires of the car. It's usually the same places over and over. I keep a blanket over the couch and it's keeping them away so far. I enclosed the box mattress in a plastic allergen bag ...
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 to trim them and hurt her. Is it bad in some way for her if I don't trim them? - Curious Mom
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
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