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October 5, 2012

Ask Dog Lady: Does my dog need a pet dog?

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Dear Dog Lady,

I raised one Labrador retriever, which became THE perfect relationship for 13 years. Lulu was mine until she died of cancer. Nihiz, a giant Schnauzer, lived ‘til she was 171/2 years. She had loyalty, brains and stubbornness. I now have Sasha, a complete mystery, who keeps biting me with sharp puppy teeth. She thinks my shorts are chew toys and she’s really aggressive. I want so much to keep her.

— Michael

A: So keep her. Why would you even think of giving her up? Because she bites your shorts? Please. This too shall pass. Endure and you will build a relationship similar to the one you enjoyed with Lulu and Nahiz. But, remember, Sasha will never be Lulu or Nahiz. She’s a different dog and you must cut her some slack as she learns to adjust to you and your ways. Your previous dogs grew into you the way a tree root bends around the sidewalk. You had them for many years. You can never expect this puppy to immediately assume the position they enjoyed.

Invest in some bully sticks. These are natural chew sticks and dogs love them. When Sasha gnaws on you, give her a quick “no!” and immediately substitute something she can chomp on. Right now, her teeth inform her actions and she can’t help herself.

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Monica Collins offers advice on dogs, life and love. Her website is www.askdoglady.com. Contact her at askdoglady@gmail.com or at facebook.com/askdoglady.

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