May 10, 2014

Patience pays off with younger dogs

Dear Dog Lady,

We adopted an 8-month-old yellow Labrador retriever from a nice family after the young daughter became allergic. Our Lab liked to nibble and bite my hand and arm, and would tug on my shirts or pant legs. So when I was playing with him, I put on junky clothes.

His biting was always gentle and really did not hurt. He finally got over it and turned into a great friend. My dog stopped nibbling at me when he was around 18 months old. We also took him for 12 weeks of training, which was great for all of us. — Bill

A: Your feedback provides sweet evidence that annoying puppy behaviors cease and desist with training and aging. Your Lab grew up. So did you. Bravo for taking your pup to training classes and for realizing the exercises helped you as much as your dog.


Dear Dog Lady,

My friend has hired many dog walkers over the years. None seem to last. His last dog walker claimed to be walking the dog, but he wasn’t. My friend would set traps to see if the walker was showing up. He would put a piece of tape at the bottom of the door to see if it was opened or place the leash in a specific position on the table to see if it was moved. Even though the guy wasn’t showing up, he would bill my friend for the walks. After my friend fired him, the walker wouldn’t give the keys back. Is there an Angie’s List for dog walkers? — Greg

A: You must take a walk on the wild side when you hire a dog walker. The service is unregulated, unmonitored, unsupervised. Because dog walkers’ canine clients can’t talk, it’s very easy for unscrupulous people to take advantage of the situation, as you sadly discovered.

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