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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


Beware Of Backyard Dangers

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 ...

July 19, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Determining The Best Pet Bowl

DEAR DIDI: There are so many types of dog bowls available. Plastic, porcelain, stainless steel, raised on stands ... what do you recommend? I have a Great Dane and a Chihuahua. - Stumped in Manteca

July 05, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Protect Dogs From Hot Sun

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

June 14, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


Small Breed Accountability?

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 ...

May 17, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


How To Stop Territorial Marking

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 ...

May 03, 2016 | | Didi's Dogs


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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 ...

March 07, 2017 | | Didi's Dogs


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