Is your dog a picky eater? Does he keep you up all night? Does he bark too much (and not just at the mail carrier)? Veterinarian Lena C. France has solutions to your most perplexing dog quandaries, from training roadblocks to overzealous scratching.
My dog won't pipe down
"I have two dogs, a papillon-terrier mix named Coco [above] and a golden Lab. Coco is a constant barker who even gets our Lab to join in. I've taken her to obedience training at a pet store. The trouble is, as soon as we get home from class, she starts barking again!"
—Kira Hawkins, 30, Fort Benton, Mont.
Although barking can be useful if there's a fire or an intruder, it's not helpful when you're trying to kick back and read or watch television! Because you and Coco have tried training and it hasn't worked, consider getting a citronella bark collar, which releases an unpleasant scent when she barks (it's not stinky to humans and isn't harmful to her). Another approach is to figure out just what sends Coco into bark mode. If a squeaky appliance gets her going, maybe you can have it fixed. Or if she makes a ruckus when she's left alone, try turning on the radio before you go. Hopefully those little adjustments will get her to be softer spoken.