A: Weird? Not for a dog. Compulsive? Yes, a million times yes. In all her years trying to decipher the behavior of dogs — and of people — Dog Lady knows one thing: Distraction is the mother of reinvention. In order to coax your dog to behave differently, you must behave differently. For example, instead of merely allowing quirky cairn Charlie to sit on the chaise lounge staring into the neighbor’s kitchen (sounds so “Desperate Housewives”), you should divert him with another activity. Take him away from galloping around the fence for a gambol at the local park. Or bring him into your house so everybody gets a break from the running of the bull. Keep up with the homeopathic remedy since it seems to be diffusing his obsessions. Charlie sounds adorably terrier — manic for no good reason.
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