Pets

Troubled veterans feel at peace working with rescue dogs

CHICAGO - James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn't impress, there was one of those "easy" buttons sitting nearby. Vienna smacked it with a paw, triggering a disembodied "That was easy."

Pets

Lisa Moore: Tips for training a jumper to settle down

Linda has written in with a question about her 5-month-old boxer puppy, “Alexa.” It seems she’s quite a jumper, and Linda has tried everything from scolding to spraying water to try to stop it, with little success. I’ve addressed this behavior in this column in the past, but it’s been awhile, so I’m happy to go over it again.

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