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Which ‘Twilight’ star should get the dog?

This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Robert Pattinsleft Kristen Stewart scene from 'The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part

This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Robert Pattinson, left, and Kristen Stewart in a scene from "The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper)

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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:02AM



Q. I’m fascinated by the story about the stars of the “Twilight” vampire epic, Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson. These two Hollywood heavyweights were living together until she supposedly stepped out on him. Now, according to the online rags, they are fighting over who gets custody of Bear the dog. Apparently, he brought Bear into the relationship but she nursed the puppy back from Parvovirus. She wants joint custody. What do you think?

A. A dog should never be used as a pawn in a breakup, especially in a fractured fairytale when both parties have the money to deal with things civilly. In this case, Pattinson has the fangs of ownership to his advantage. Reportedly, he brought Bear into the relationship so he has primary custody. Yet Stewart has every reason to lay a claim to the dog since bringing Bear back from Parvo must have required lots of time and tender loving care.

This case is a prime example of when joint dog custody could work beautifully. Both have the resources to care for Bear adequately. And they can afford the veterinary care for Bear — and they should use only one veterinarian instead of “his” and “hers” since this would be much better for Bear.

The only thing holding these mortal bloodsuckers back is their own anger at each other.

Q.

I have a 3-year old Airedale terrier that is full of life, but gets too excited sometimes and still jumps on people. I have tried taking him out of the room, having people ignore him and shaking something loud when he is about to jump. Even when people have been over for a while he still gets too excited.

A. You haven’t been consistent about training. A concerted campaign to change annoying dog behavior takes weeks and months.

Start by giving positive reinforcement for not jumping. Command him to sit and reward with a high-level treat for mission accomplished. Do again and again and again.



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