Dog Gone Problems is a weekly advice column by David Codr, a dog behaviorist in Omaha. David answers dog behavior questions sent in by our readers. You can reach him at¬†firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dog Gone Problems,
We‚Äôre having a small issue with my 2-year-old dog, Leo. He is usually closest to me, but I‚Äôve been on bed rest for 10 weeks and my husband has taken over walking and feeding duties.
At first it used to be a pain because Leo would get anxious when it was time to go out and he‚Äôd tuck his tail and even pee a little. But after several weeks, he got used to it and was OK to go out with my husband.
My husband usually takes him out between 6:30 and 7 a.m., and Leo is fine. He runs over to him ready to go. However, if my husband waits too long ‚ÄĒ like 8 a.m. ‚ÄĒ to take him out, Leo will hide under the bed and refuse to come. Then I have to get on the floor and coax him from under the bed so my husband can take him. I don‚Äôt understand this behavior. What are your thoughts?
Well, first off, I hope you are recovering well. I can‚Äôt imagine what 10 weeks of bed rest is like. Second, without knowing Leo‚Äôs back story, it’s hard to say. It could be that previously, Leo was punished for having an accident. This is a common mistake many people make when potty training their dog.
People‚Äôs intentions are to communicate that ‚ÄúWhen you potty in the house, I don‚Äôt like it.‚ÄĚ But what the dog hears is, ‚ÄúWhen I go potty, the human gets mad.‚ÄĚ Additionally, yelling at the dog or rubbing its nose in urine or feces does not help with potty training. Studies show it actually makes potty training harder. This can lead to the dog to hiding in places to eliminate where you won’t see it. This can also happen if you call out the command word to potty after the dog has an accident or hides the elimination somewhere.
My guess is the dog was scolded when he was a pup, and now if he doesn‚Äôt go out to do his business, he thinks he may get into trouble…so he hides. My advice would be to have your husband start re-branding the command word and potty ritual.
Pick a new word like ‚Äúbusiness,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúdeposit,‚ÄĚ etc., and have your husband go out with the dog at potty time. As soon as the dog starts to go No. 1 or No. 2, say the new command word in a normal tone of voice within three seconds of the dog going. As soon as the dog finishes, have your husband pop a treat into the dog‚Äôs mouth within three seconds of finishing and say the command word again after the treat goes into the dog‚Äôs mouth.
After a week or two, your dogs should respond to the new command word, which won’t have the baggage of your current word. Additionally, all the positive reinforcement should help the dogs see that your husband likes it when they go potty outside and it’s nothing to run and hide about.
Good luck and remember ‚ÄĒ everything you do trains your dog. Only sometimes you mean it.
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Bella loves everything to do with the water, even baths¬†‚ÄĒ which she will eagerly jump in the tub for. She’s an Omaha native owned by Lisa Schettler.
Bella was named the Week 8 Pet of the Week!
“Any chance I could convince you to sit in boxes and eat grasshoppers with me?” Calliope (pronounced Kuh-lye-oh-pee) is owned by Omaha’s Sarah Britson, who says her cat is interested in bugs, boxes and manipulation, and¬†always¬†wants to play.
Hemi, a rescue from Hands, Hearts and Paws, lives in Omaha with her “mailmom and maildad,” along with Quincy the cat.¬†
Penny, a St. Libory native currently residing in Gretna, loves squeaky toys and cuddling. In this picture, she seems intent on convincing owner AnnaLisa Estrela to help with both.
If there’s one thing Tug loves, it’s riding around in a utility vehicle to check irrigation, according to his owners at Hoffman Farms in Arapahoe.
Millie will carry around her bones and cry because she doesn’t have any place to hide them. She’s owned by¬†Christine Behlen in Elkhorn.
Millie was named the Week 7 Pet of the Week!
Wiggles wants to be a cloud for Halloween. According to owner Kelli in Johnson, Nebraska, Wiggles is found sitting like this around the house once in awhile. She loves to eat, sleep and look pretty¬†‚ÄĒ but don’t we all?
Harlow, a professional Frisbee player, loves being outside and snuggling with owner Rachel Costello of Omaha.
Mavvy, an Elkhorn native owned by Alicia Hoffman, loves to sit outside in the sunshine.
Bella, a citizen of Newman Grove, Nebraska, loves to chase her own tail, get her belly rubbed and cuddle. She’s owned by Jean Nelson.
“Hello, I would like to be a walk-on for Scott Frost and the Huskers. I’d be an excellent tailback.” Max is owned by Kevin Keeley.¬†
Max was named the Week 6 Pet of the Week!
Izzy likes to chase things, especially her tail. She’s owned by Reese Eilenstine in Elkhorn.
“Pardon me? You’re going to have to speak up. Pet Parade, you say? I’m in.”¬† David loves to snuggle, especially in the cold, and according to owned Rachel Costello in Omaha, would have his heart warmed up with a Pet of the Week victory.
Lulu and Coco, ages 6 and 2, respectively, share the same mom, but have different dads. Lulu, right, frequently sits on her bottom so you can easily scratch her belly. The two inseparable sisters¬†are owned by Liz Hall in Fremont.
Stella is a very giving cat. She often gifts owner Shea Hoffman of Elkhorn with cicadas, grasshoppers and mice at her back door.
“You know that 45-minute rule is a myth, right?” This is Molly, owned by Jodi Bruce in Omaha.
“Ha! That’ll teach you to get me a white dog toy. Now you have no idea which one I am. Wait, what’s blue mean?” Meet Bon Jovi, owned by Rose Mary Hefley in Ralston.
It’s not often we get beer models submitted to Pet Parade. Moesby R2D2 JFK Cavalieri, Moe for short, is owned by¬†Molly and Tony Cavalieri in Omaha.¬†
Chloe is an emotional support dog that is by owner Alexis Christner’s side as soon as needed. The Kearney native is a perfectly healthy double dapple dachshund that loves pickles and bananas.
Paloma often submits audition tapes to America’s Next Top Model, but hit the upgrade button and submitted to Pet Parade. She likes getting her belly scratched and posing for pictures, and is owned by Kayleigh Lewandowski.
Paloma was named the Week 1 Pet of the Week.
Cooper, you might be taking Halloween a little too far. Please get out of the pan. He’s a five-year-old Cavachon, owned by Chuck Sinclair of Lincoln.
“Watch me shine,” says Munchkin, a 7-month-old lab that enjoys antagonizing her big brother and sister, Bubba and Betty. Nicknamed MuMu, she is owned by Paul and Michelle Ackerman in Bellevue.
Well, this is a first. Kitty is a dog. She greets everyone with kisses, loves rolling in the leaves and chasing after squirrels. The most unique aspect about her, owners Kari and Lyle Hamrick of Omaha say, is that she is a good listener who will respond to a story with a bark.
“You. Will. Feed. Me. Treats.” Gracie, a 12-year-old, was rescued from Little White Dog Rescue by Linda Gencarelli in Omaha and is “one heck of a dog.”
Blue, a four-year-old yellow lab owned by Jake and Chelsea O’Connor in Omaha, loves eating bread loaves off the counter, stealing guests’ socks from their suitcases and turning her head away when one tries to give her a kiss. Still a good dog.
Blue was named the Week 2 Pet of the Week!
Yoga master Gracie, owned by Jill Wicht in Plattsmouth, specializes in downward dog.
Gracie was named the Week 3 Pet of the Week!
Wesley Dean was rescued from a shelter in Athens, Texas, by owner Mary Angeline Kava.
Gnomeo loves to “eat food and enjoys to hang out with the pretty ladies when we have people over,” owner Michaela Norman of Omaha said.
Sierra and I have a lot in common. We both smile like this and will stand on our hind legs to dance when invited.¬† She is owned by Dan and Courtney Carver.
Tigger takes a daily three-mile walk, enjoys long games of fetch, plays with the garden hose and has learned to unlock and open the sliding glass door to let himself outside. He also has dug a hole in the backyard that can “rival the Grand Canyon.”
Ollie, as you can tell, has quickly learned to enjoy the outdoors. He’s owned by Matt Kroll in Omaha.
Ollie was named the Week 4 Pet of the Week!
Bootsie, a 12-year-old, was adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society by owner Mary Angeline Kava.
OK, that’s a lot of love. Asher enjoys chewing on his bacon flavored T-Rex and sitting in a window like his cat siblings. He’s owned by Chelsea Taylor and Katie Kros of Omaha.
Gunner, who must have some sort of sponsorship deal, never has his birthday forgotten. He was born on Oct. 11, 2012. Or 10/11/12. He’s owned by Tyler and Traci Horning in Lincoln.
From left to right, Digsby, Simba and Cinderella are two-year-old Chow Chows that are siblings born in Dallas. The trio have already experienced Internet fame, being featured on popular blogs and Instagram. They are owned by Tina Acosta in Council Bluffs.
The Grinch clearly hasn’t had his heart grow three times its size yet. This is Digsby, who loves to pop balloons.
“I double dog dare you not to give me a treat. Can’t do it, can you?” Jax is owned by Jill Wicht in Plattsmouth.
Mila is always keeping a watch over his family. He’s owned by Adam and Jessica Sass in Fremont.
“Puhleeeeaaaase give me some of that steak. I need it!” MacDuff loves walks, car rides, treats and being friendly. He’s owned by Joanna and Mark Fisher, along with daughters Sarah, Emily and Molly, in Omaha.
Gus just joined his family after being adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society by Josh and Shelly Vandenberg.
I mean, not that we play favorites, but this is some pretty good product placement by Duke, a Millard native owned by Linda Van Dyke.
Duke was named the Week 5 Pet of the Week!
“Just explain to me why the Tiger is trying to play soccer and baseball simultaneously.”¬†Cooper is a 6-year-old who was adopted from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln. He was dressed to help owner¬†Angela Bohling of Omaha groom him.
Maize almost had her name changed, but one day after being rescued by owner Lisa in Omaha, it turned out “Crazy Maize” fit too well. She carries a¬† pink stuffed animal kitten around the house, always protecting it. Each night she has the routine of bringing the kitten to each person in the house before putting it to bed.
Kandie may look cute, but don’t let that fool you. She’s a super-sniffing, treat-terrorizing, squirrel-fighting yellow lab that loves to retrieve full branches, not sticks. Kandie even has a Twitter page to keep friends updated on all the neighborhood happenings.
Kandie was named the Week 9 Pet of the Week!
Lokai, cared for by Jennifer Hillman in Castana, Iowa, loves to rest peacefully on her owner’s face at 2 a.m.
Brutus, a Southwest Omaha native owned by Phillip Schmidt, loves playing tug-of-war. He has yet to be convinced he is a dog.
Brutus was named the Week 10 Pet of the Week.
Harley may not have any hair but still loves the snow. She is training to be a service dog one day and is from Paris, Maine.
“Do you think this would work as a campaign photo for Pet of the Week?” Copper, a McCook native, is owned by Ethan Hardin.
“Hahaha! Good luck using your computer now. I ate the mouse!” Edna, owned by Barb Hughes in Lincoln, doesn’t meow¬†‚ÄĒ just purrs.¬†
Meera Grace overcame a lot of difficulty in her life. Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, she was rescued by Heartland German Shepherd Rescue. She was treated for heartworm, fly strike and malnutrition, but now lives happily with owner Tennille Renee in Omaha.
“Do you have ANY idea what time it is? I am very hungry.” Hank gets angry at owner Jen Dominguez if he is fed dinner late.¬†
Hank was named the Week 14 Pet of the Week.
Dexter, owned by Brendon in Omaha, loves to meet other dogs and people.¬†
Which of these three dogs is not a statue? Darcy is the cutest Frenchie in Omaha per her owners Joshua and Madeline Howell.
“Look at me. I’m Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant.’ ” Copper, owned by Lacey and Chris Kincaid in Omaha, loves jumping off the arms of furniture and right on top of the other two dogs.
Copper was named the Week 13 Pet of the Week.
Buddy,¬†owned by Jean Mayberry, loves to climb things that aren’t meant to be climbed.¬†¬†
“Hello, we will not be watching television today. Instead we will be giving me attention. Thank you.” Ben, a 3-year-old loves to cuddle and give kisses. He’s owned by Brendon Schweers of Omaha.
Milk, owned by Sarah Carr, and Romeo, owned by Makenzi Carr, were adopted from Omaha Wags to Riches. They are always cleaning each other or play fighting.
Presley, left, and Penny are always together, even when sleeping through owner Derek’s percussion practice.
Lexi, a Phoenix native who moved to Omaha, has yet to get used to the snow, and even has to get used to the grass. She’s owned by Brian in Lincoln.
“Tag, you’re it!” Elli and and Kate, owned by Kathy Foster in Lincoln, are having a good time getting rid of excess energy in the snow.
The only thing Howells native Bailey loves more than chasing rabbits and chewing golf balls is kayaking. The puggle (half pug, half beagle) just celebrated her sixth birthday with owner Makenzie Polacek.¬†
Hooper native Leia loves belly rubs and long walks on the beach. Or long walks anywhere, really. She’s owned by Rachel Purcell.¬†
At one point, Luci had a fish friend in this tank. Unfortunately, Luci murdered the fish. Luci is short for Lucifer, according to owner Ella Knight in Omaha.
Snow Petunia, sporting some corrective lenses, is a low-key queen of her Omaha household owned by Sydney Kellen. She loves to cuddle from time to time and also enjoys playing with yard.
Snow Petunia was named the Week 11 Pet of the Week.
Future WWE superstars Sophie and Charlie are small but pack a punch. Owner Kim Lynch says they sound like a herd of elephants running through the house.
Ben’s favorite game is tug-of-war with his 35-pound friend, which consists of him laying on the ground while the opponent pulls with all his might and Ben doesn’t budge. He’s owned by Sarah Morris in Omaha.
Ben was named the Week 12 Pet of the Week.
‘It’s about time you recognize who is king of this house.” Ernie is owned by Rose Mary Hefley in Ralston.¬†
“You can say I can’t be on the couch all you want, but I don’t speak human.” Jett is owned by Jill Beckstrom.
Cricket, described as “nine pounds of love,” is nevertheless fearless. She’s owned by Candi Puren.
Brevik, near, and Augie love to go on the boat, but they always stay alert. The duo is owned by Kurt Brown.
High-jumping Lando, born May the 4th, appropriately has a Star Wars-themed name. He’s owned by Stephanie Burkholder in Omaha and loves every creature he comes across.
Hipster dog Spencer, who is surprisingly from Bellevue and not Benson, loves to make sure his family focuses on him instead of their phones. He’s owned by Renee Pineda.¬†
Spooky, a South Sioux City resident who was adopted in Omaha by Lisa Ong, loves to eat hair ties.
Oreo and “Little Guy” are best buds who are always together. Oreo loves to play fetch with his toys and taught Little Guy how to play. They are owned by James Thompson and his family.¬†
“Ice cream, Lieutenant Dan!” Forrest Stump, on his back, and Lieutenant Dan ‚ÄĒ members of the Omaha Corgi Crew ‚ÄĒ love chasing each other, stealing food and meeting new humans.
Forrest and Dan were named the Week 15 Pet of the Week!
Daisy, owned by Blake and Maria in Omaha, loves to people watch, play catch with toy mice, follow her family around the house and relax in the sun.
Iggy, named after his “dad’s” favorite hockey player, Jarome Iginla, loves to watch “cat TV” through this window and bask in the morning sun. He’s owned by Charise, Travis and Maykala in Omaha.
Don’t go into the light! Spaz, right, enjoys chasing any light he sees, while Oliver enjoys being mean to his bigger brothers. The Omaha natives live with owners Chris and Lacey Kincaid.¬†
“No, I’m not listening. My ears are always this way. Let me sleep.” Taco, a 6-year-old Chihuahua, is owned by Michael Murakami.
In a galaxy far, far away, Wolfy perches atop the couch. He’s owned by Holden and Shawnee Armstrong in Lincoln.
Wolfy was named the Week 16 Pet of the Week.
Bruce, seen her being eaten by a shark, will make anyone near him pet him, is training to be an emotional support dog and loves to howl. He’s owned by Emily Suhr in Omaha.
Bruce was named the Week 17 Pet of the Week.
Come on, Millie, learn to recycle. The Bellevue native owned by the Bugay family loves to steal and crunch on plastic bottles.
Mittens, who passed away in May 2017, has her name on a brick at the Durham Museum. She’s owned by Cheryl Halda.
Fashion-icon Oliver is owned by Josh Howell in Omaha.
Wrigley, owned by Megan and Kevin in Lincoln, loves to cuddle up and snooze, and sometimes chase leaves outside.
Princess Bailee lives in her Omaha castle with two kitten sisters. She has a strong reputation of defending against mailmen, garbage trucks, dogs, squirrels and bunnies. Her owners, David and Ann Nichols, should be very grateful.¬†
But why don’t you say it to their face, Owen? The Omaha native, owned by Liz Davenport, is obsessed with barking at horses on TV.
Rosie, who lives with fellow dog Ryder, is owned by Crystal and Andrea in Bellevue. She loves long walks in the park.
Rosie was named the Week 18 Pet of the Week.
Ryder, who lives with Rosie the dog and owners Crystal and Andrea of Bellevue, loves cuddling on the couch.
The 24-pound Toby was a stray found by Cheryl Halda. He helped his newfound owner through a loss of a loved one.
Brodie, who is affectionately called “Bear” for his love of cuddling like a teddy bear, just moved to Omaha with owner Christina Powers. He often jumps around his older brother, who is very unimpressed.¬†
Lola, owned by Lula West in Omaha, loves to hang out on her swing and keep an eye out on what’s going on in the kitchen.
Maggie, a golden retriever, helped fill the “empty nest” of owners Todd and Mary Johnson of Omaha. She’s pictured cuddling with her best pal, Carl.
Maggie was named the Week 19 Pet of the Week!
Well-identified Kya, a 7-month-old golden doodle in Papillion, enjoys running, having her paws massaged and eating peanut butter by the spoonful.¬†
Panther, who is only a few hundred awards from catching The World-Herald,¬†has his name on a brick at the Durham Museum.¬†He used to compete in cat shows and did pretty well until deciding he had enough and got fat.
Minnie, seen here with Minnie, is owned by Amber Rush in Bellevue. Minnie (the dog) loves to climb on things like a cat.
Why couldn’t the pony yell? Because it was a little hoarse. Vee, a regular-sized horse, loves to eat bananas, and is owned by Lisa Van Stratten in Fort Calhoun.
Vee was named the Week 20 Pet of the Week!
Pogo is best friend to Paula Hatt in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a 10-year-old Chiweenie, timid among strangers but adores people watching in outdoor settings.
Harper is a loud, vocal tuxedo cat who loves to lounge in high, warm places. We assume he is unhappy on the low, potentially cold carpet. But here we are.
Maggie (May) loves the outdoors, and lives for rides, walks and treats!¬†But, according to Nick and Kim Ash in Omaha, Maggie loves her owns the most.
Mordecai, a quiet guy, can not meow. Instead, the cuddly cat goes “meh,” like most cats wish they could when told of their owner’s problems. Mordecai is owned by Danielle Eckert in Omaha.
Myrtle and I have plenty in common. She is a feisty reptile who enjoys eating shrimp, biting and showing off long, slender legs while simultaneously appearing completely uninterested in anything that might be said to her. OK, maybe not¬†that¬†much in common. I am very interested in what you have to say.
“Something that loves to lay behind a person and wrap around their neck.” Is it a snake? Is it a scarf? No, it’s Roxy the dog! Roxy is owned by Amber Powell in Kokomo, Indiana.¬†
Snots, a 3-year-old beagle from Leigh, is owned by Cole Fisher.¬†
Snots was named the Week 21 Pet of the Week!
Trooper, a 12-year-old, loving cat who has lived with diabetes for five years, is owned by Val Green in Bellevue.
“If you make eye contact, you give me a treat.” Emmy Rose is owned by Karen Degeorge.
This is either a hamster going through a teenage punk rock phase or a longhaired Guinea Pig. Either way, Loki, brother of Thor, is owned by Shannon Bergman.
This picture of Madi was taken nearly 13 years ago. She has accomplished a lot in her life, including winning a pancake catching contest at a Nebraska Humane Society event. She knows about a dozen tricks, including high-five, army crawl, walk backwards, role over, play dead, spin, speak, stay, shake, balancing a treat on her nose and wave.¬†
Phoebe, owned by the Stem family in Omaha, is a Pyranees-Border Collie mix rescued from Texas. She loves chasing squirrels and eating pizza crust.
Phoebe was named the Week 22 Pet of the Week!
“Water you guys doing? Get in!” Max, a 3-year-old, is a “swimming maniac,” who loves the pool. He logs more water time than his family. He’s owned by Deni in Papillion.
Roger, owned by Danielle Eckert in Omaha, is an energetic guy who loves meeting new people and animals, and is also very protective of his owner when others get close.
Boomer, owned by Rosa Vallecillo in Omaha, is an 140-pound Rottweiler looking for a girlfriend. He is very protective of Lulu, a pitbull mix, along with two cats in the house.¬†
Cece is an Australian Cattle Dog owned by Joslynn and Brandon.¬†
“Hey, this chair doesn’t fit. Please get a new one right now.” Frank, adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society, demands breakfast every day at 6 a.m. from owner Audrey Jensen in Omaha.¬†
“Do you frolf, bro?”¬† Hallie is a 12-year-old lab who loves to play Frisbee with owner Bobette Lerner in Omaha.
Hallie was named the Week 23 Pet of the Week!
Jose Jalapeno, a 9-year-old Chihuahua, loves to burrow in soft blankets, snuggle, chase tennis balls, bathe in the sun and play with his stuffed dinosaur, Fred. He’s owned by Ali Roby in Omaha.
Annabeth, left, and Thalia are named from the book “The Lightning Thief.” Their favorite activity is watching birds, bunnies and owner Anita Ducey out of the window in their Lincoln home.
Annabeth and Thalia were named the Week 24 Pet of the Week.¬†
Donald and Bailey, neighbors in Omaha, show their bond by watching each other through windows and barking back and forth.¬†
Sometimes it takes getting a little lost to find your true home, as is the case with Lincoln native Midnight. Owner Katie Duff decided one morning she wanted a dog, wandered into Capitol Humane Society and found Midnight, who was then a lost puppy.¬†
Quit monkeying around! Chloe, a one-year-old English Springer Spaniel, is owned by Mary Langenfeld in Bellevue.
Snoop loves all things gardens, even if its helping owner Margaret Rosman of Omaha tidy up flowers at the family plot in preparation for Memorial Day. Snoop is described as a dedicated companion who is always by his owner’s side.¬†
“Say, have you ever thought about getting a larger pool?” Digsby, Simba and Cinderella are owned by Tina Acosta.¬†
Toby, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, lets his family, the Elsessers, live with him in Papillion. He loves eating popcorn with his dad and going to work with his mom.
Turtle, a dog, and Faun, also a dog, were rescued by Joel and Aristine Smith in Omaha. Turtle was saved from a dog-fighting ring, while Faun struggled with starvation and illness. Both have grown up to be loving pets.
“This is how chairs work, right?” Cooper, a five-month-old Pomeranian, is owned by Julie Jones.¬†
There’s probably a country song to be referenced here. Leo, owned by Megan Assmann in Fremont, loves Jeep rides with the top off.
Is this dog in an office? Omaha World-Herald bosses, please make this a thing. Tank is owned by Paula Harris.
Riley started his life as a stray in Omaha until adopted by Jodi Hoatson¬†from the Nebraska Humane Society. Hoatson told NHS that he would have the “life of Riley” if she adopted him. They both agreed that would be a great name and the rest is history.
Omaha native Quin loves to go for rides in her car seat. She’s owned by Tom and Jackie Mayhan.¬†
Hailey and Zoey, owned by Trevor Lickteig in Bellevue, just became big sisters to a baby boy.¬†
Cooper feels a lot like we do at the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Bark in the Park. Not only does he get to watch a baseball game, but what beats a 25-cent hot dog?
Cooper was named the Week 26 Pet of the Week.