LP. Glad to see the kids are back on track.
Now I can not "prove" that DxW allows her dog bits and treats while sitting at the dining room table. She denies, while the dog sits expectantly and sometimes makes a commotion if something smells especially good at dinner. Sometimes her head practically swivels like a metronome as she watches your fork go from plate to mouth. Sometimes, mostly, she lays at our feet when we eat. The dog gets selected leftovers in her dish or even as a planned part of her dinner. She has her own dinner first while we make our own dinner. She is not deprived.
The last time her dog needed to take pills, it was given to her at lunch or dinner, after we made a big to do about sitting down and much attention was given to what was on OUR plates. Then her pill was presented to her on a people plate to lick. I know. I made Tuna samdwiches for lunch, which we ate out on the picnic table. The pill was pushed inside a bit of tuna/ bread. The dog licked it up and swallowed, wagged her tail and ask for 2nd's. Which we pulled bits off and tossed in the air for her to jump and catch.
She also likes to lick peanut butter. A tablespoon on a saucer, or better, in a cup, where she can really lick at it is fun. Funny. She licks up all the PB. The pill is still there. Not sure how their tongue can seem so wide and yet be so selective.
I suppose it's as hard to find what works.