My young dog pokes at his food and sometimes cries during mealtimes - what can I do to help him eat normally?
It may just be your dog’s personality. Assuming that your dog is healthy and your veterinarian has examined him and not found any medical reasons for his behavior, try changing things. For instance, put the dog dish up at his chin level; he may not like to lower his head. Change the bowl (different color, higher or lower sides, etc.), or try a different kind of food.
The most important thing is whether or not he is eating enough to maintain a healthy weight in spite of the behavior. If he is, then you need to decide if his behavior is upsetting enough to warrant trying to change it.
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