DEAR HELOISE: How can I stop my dog from begging at the table?

— Jan B., Kansas

Jan, this is a timely question, with Thanksgiving here and Christmas around the corner — lots of big meals and family and folks around.

Here are some Heloise hints and hints from the American Kennel Club ( to help:

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Make sure the dog is fed before you and your family eat.

Playtime and exercise beforehand helps, too, and then the dog should rest in his bed.

Although it’s really difficult, IGNORE the dog. If you give in, you’ve lost the battle, and if you scold the dog, that won’t get you anywhere either.

Remember, “people food” is typically too high in fat, salt and other spices, sugar and calories for dogs to eat. A few small pieces of raw carrot or green bean in the supper dish is an OK treat.

— Heloise

Vinegar to the rescue

DEAR HELOISE: How can I remove the white film that forms on glasses after they have been washed in the dishwasher? Thank you!

— Nancy, Youngstown, Ohio

Nancy, soak the glasses in warmed vinegar, then rub them with a plastic brush or scrubbie. This will help remove hard-water buildup.

Vinegar is my handy go-to helper in every room of the house. It is cheap, safe and readily available. I’ve compiled a collection of my tried-and-true vinegar hints in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It’s easy. Visit to order, or send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Mix a bit of baking soda in with hot vinegar for amped-up cleaning power! It will bubble!

— Heloise

Now ‘ear’ this

DEAR HELOISE: I bathe my dog in the kitchen sink (he’s really small — 8 pounds), and I was afraid of getting water in his ears. But now I take cotton balls and put one in each ear. This keeps water and soap out, and it can prevent an ear infection, too!

— Jayla W., age 12, New York

Send hints to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001 or email

Saturday, December 14, 2019