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 is a food snob
"I have the world's pickiest dog, a Yorkie named Stewie. He won't eat dog food—and we've tried giving him dry food, wet food and wet and dry food combined. He'll eat only what we're eating, and he rejects that sometimes, too. It's so frustrating. Plus, I'm worried he's not getting the proper nutrition. Any suggestions?"
—Toni Hyland-Romell, 53, Westlake, Ohio
When a pup is particular about his food, it's often mostly a behavioral issue: He wants what his humans are having, and he has become conditioned to expect it. If that's the case with Stewie, you have to show him some tough love. Try putting him in a different room during your mealtime. Give him his dog food in there, and close the door so he can't see you. You'll probably hear crying and whimpering, but after enough times doing that, Stewie will stop—and start eating his own grub. Toy breeds' small size puts them at risk of malnutrition, so owners must ensure their dogs are getting enough nutrients. Talk to a veterinarian about giving Stewie a nutritional supplement while you train the dog out of his finicky habit.