Our Weekly Dog Behavior Advice Column


Dog Gone Problems founder David Codr writes a dog behavior column every Wednesday for the Omaha World Herald, answering all kinds of reader questions about dog behavior. If you would like to submit your own question, email it to dogbehaviorquestions@gmail.com

You can find some of his past columns below, sorted in chronological order.


9/22/21 – Our dog is hot and cold to strangers
9/15/21 – Our rescue dog urinated on our friend’s rugs
9/08/21 – Our dog barks like crazy when I disappear from view
8/31/21 – Our rescue dog nips our kid’s heels and hasn’t bonded with my husband 
8/25/21 – Our dog is afraid of the car
8/18/21 – My rescue dog has started having accidents in the house
8/11/21 – My male puppy is dominating our older female
8/04/21 – Our puppy doesn’t like our daughter’s new puppy 
7/28/21 – My male puppy is dominating our older female
7/21/21 – My rescue dog won’t go potty outside
7/14/21 – Our dog barks and herd guests when they are about to leave 
7/07/21 – After being attacked, our dog can no longer play with adult dogs
6/30/21 – 15 tips to help your pup have a safe Fourth of July 
6/23/21 – Our Bulldog chews on our car door
6/16/21 – Our puppy refuses to go into the kennel at night 
6/09/21 – Our two sibling dogs are fighting each other 
6/02/21 – We’re considering adopting a dog, but he seems aggressive
5/26/21 – My friends dog won’t stop licking my face
5/19/21 – Our rescue dog suddenly wants nothing to do with my husband 
5/12/21 – My dog started guarding a paper plate I gave him
5/05/21 – Our rescue puppy keeps having accidents in the house
4/28/21 – Tips for helping a puppy that is starting to hate her crate
4/21/21 – ‘A great day for Dog lovers:’ Omaha Parks and Rec hosts Farmer’s Market for dogs
4/14/21 – We got our dog at 6 weeks old, now we’re having potty training troubles
4/06/21 – After losing her brother, my dog panics when left alone 
3/31/21 – My puppy drinks too much water, what should we do?
3/24/21 – I gave my neighbor a puppy and now she’s shocking her
3/17/21 – My dog wont eat now after getting a new puppy 
3/10/21 – My dog is still not potty trained
3/3/21 – My dog bites me when I try to take her into the groomer 
2/24/21 – My puppy is biting my feet and wants to play at night
2/17/21 – After snow, our dog is having accidents inside
2/10/21 – Puppy digs at the shower drain like there is a monster living inside it 
2/03/21 – What to do when your puppies play too rough
1/27/21 – Dog is possessively aggressive of owner after living with parents 
1/20/21 – Our puppy is mouthing, biting and nipping our fingers
1/13/21 – Our dog is pooping several times a day
01/06/21 – Our dog doesn’t like people reaching for him 


12/30/20 – My daughter’s puppy has separation anxiety
12/23/20 – Our dog suddenly stopped coming inside
12/16/20 – Tips for draining a high-energy puppy
12/09/20 – Our dog barks at other dogs during walks 
12/02/20 – Our dog had a puppy but won’t nurse her
11/25/20 – Our puppy mill Bulldog has become fearful and bit one of our children
11/18/20 – This retired service dog is getting pushy for attention
11/11/20 – How can we get our dog to stop whining for attention?
11/04/20 – Our dog barks and nips at people
10/28/20 – Should you dress up your dog for Halloween?
10/21/20 – Months after coronavirus pandemic, dogs have turned on each other
10/14/20 – Our new rescue plays too rough with our little dog
10/07/20 – Our dog gets upset when guests enter the children’s rooms
9/30/20 – My Puppy barks when we stop to talk to people on walks
9/23/20 – My Yorkie suddenly refuses to go to the bathroom outside
09/16/20 – Our dog has a water drinking problem
09/09/20 – Feeding tips when adding a new dog to your pack
09/02/20 – My puppy eats their own poop
08/26/20 – My puppy is suddenly reluctant to eat around my adult dog
08/05/20 – My dog guards it’s food and bones from other dogs
07/29/20 – 12 Tips for parents to prevent dog bites in kids
07/22/20 – My sister-in-law’s dog bites me
07/15/20 – Tips to help a puppy mill survivor learn to trust men
07/08/20 – Our dog is afraid of the motion sensor light turning on
07/01/20 – Tips to help dogs who are afraid of fireworks
06/24/20 – How to help your dog practice being calm when left alone post-coronavirus (Part 4)
06/17/20 – More advice to help dogs with separation anxiety because of coronavirus (Part 3)
06/10/20 – How to help dogs be home alone after coronavirus kept owners home for months (Part 2)
06/03/20 – After staying home for months, our dog has separation anxiety (Part 1)
05/27/20 – My new puppy doesn’t like when I pet him
05/20/20 – Tips for stopping dog accidents on the carpet
05/13/20 – Our dogs like to stare at the other dog while it eats
05/06/20 – Our dog suddenly doesn’t want to use the deck stairs
04/29/20 – Our puppy only wan ts to eat out of the adult dog’s food bowl
04/22/20 – Our new adopted dog will not poop outside 
04/15/20 – Our dog howls non-stop when kids play near our yard
04/08/20 – Tips to help a 6 month-old Puppy who has separation anxiety
04/01/20 –  3 tips to stop a puppy from chewing and nipping
03/25/20 – One of our dogs suddenly went after the other dog.
03/18/20 – Tips to help exercise a high-energy dogs during a coronavirus outbreak
03/11/20 – When it’s time to say goodbye to your dog
03/04/20 – How to teach a dog to enjoy hugs instead of growling at them
02/26/20 – Sometimes my dog barks at people that want to pet her
02/19/20 – How do I get my dog to stop chewing on the glass door when wanting to go out
02/12/20 – 8 ways to help a dog who gets stressed out on car rides
02/05/20 – Our rescue dog sometimes attacks our other rescue dogs
01/29/20 – Our thoughts on using shock/e-collar with training dogs
01/22/20 – Our dog hates the kennel and fights with another dog over food
01/15/20 – Our rescue dog is becoming more aggressive and biting 
01/08/20 – Our rescue is afraid of loud voices and is aggressive towards the dogs
01/01/20 – My Goldendoodle has a sock addiction


12/25/19 – My high energy dos is aggressive at night
12/18/19 – 3 steps to stop a little dog from biting mom’s caretaker
12/09/19 – Tips to help a dog from guarding the food bowl from his brother
12/02/19 – Our dog growls and bares her teeth when we pick her up
11/27/19 – Tips to keep your dog from ruining Thanksgiving
11/20/19 – 5 tips to help puppies who are out of control
11/13/19 – Our dog has a serious chewing issue
11/06/19 – Our dog gets to excited at daycare and guards the water bowl 
10/30/19 – Our dog barks and strangers and steals his brothers food
10/23/19 – Our dog over-drinks his water and has hard time holding it during the day
10/16/19 – Our new rescue keeps attacked our new puppy
10/09/19 – My new rescue hasn’t warmed up to my boyfriend yet
10/02/19 – Help! Our dog chews on everything
09/25/19 – Is there a such thing as too much puppy play
09/18/19 – How can we get our dog to use the dog to go out and go potty on his own
09/11/19 – Black lab demands attention then bites owners hands when gets it
09/04/19 – Our rescue dog is terrified of going outdoors
08/28/19 – Our dogs gets over excited when our son is around
08/21/19 – Our American Bully is afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks
08/14/19 – We are having trouble potty training Yorkshire puppy.
08/07/19 – My poodle is aggressively jealous of our l year-old baby
07/31/19 – Our rescue dog poops on the patio and doesn’t like being outside 
07/24/19 – Our puppy jumps up and bites us when excited 
07/17/19 – How to stop a momma dog being overprotective of her adult pup
07/10/19 – Tips to stop a puppy from nipping
07/03/19 – 18 month old Goldendoodle doesn’t respect its 14 year-old owner
06/26/19 – How can I stop my poodle from reacting to people in shorts
06/19/19 – Is it OK to use a shock collar on a dog
06/12/19 – My puppy whines when she’s in her play area but not her crate.
06/05/19 – How do I get my boyfriend’s dogs to behave if I don’t enjoy petting them
05/29/19 – Tips to stop dogs from marking when people visit
05/22/19 – Our newly adopted dog doesn’t get along with our existing dogs.
05/15/19 – How do I get my dog to stop drinking so much water.
05/08/19 – Our dog destroyed our RV when left alone
05/01/19 – Sometimes my adult dog is a jerk to our new puppy
04/24/19 – My rescue dog is fearfully aggressive to dogs and people
04/17/19 – My dog over-drinks water and is starting to drink his own urine
04/10/19 – My puppy dominates my male Husky when eating
04/03/19 – My dog is aggressive towards my roommate
03/27/19 – Our dog fears the kennel and has separation anxiety
03/20/19 – Our dog gets crazy excited when anyone comes to the door
03/13/19 – Our dog lunges and bites at us when highly stimulated
03/06/19 – How can I get my dog to like my boyfriend
02/27/19 – Creative ways to exercise dogs during (or after) a blizzard
02/20/19 – The power of positive dog training
02/13/19 – My service dog protectively at people when we are in public
02/06/19 – Our leadership-based trainer can’t fix our dog-aggression problems
01/30/19 – Tips for bringing a puppy into a home with a dog who doesn’t like other dogs
01/23/19 – Our doberman attacked our chihuahua over food
01/16/19 – Our little dog is a food thief
01/09/19 – Help! My dog attacks the TV
01/02/19 – How to help a dog who reacts negatively to something it doesn’t like


12/26/18 – My 70-pound puppies go crazy when we visit my parent’s house
12/19/18 – How can we get our bulldog to behave so we don’t have to keep him the kitchen?
12/12/18 – My dog refuses to stay outside with me after doing his business
12/05/18 – Help! Our dog runs around and nips us at times
11/28/18 – How to help a dog with cancer get over his fear of unknown noises
11/21/18 – My service greyhound cries when I’m away from him
11/14/18 – Our dog is crying and scratching to get into our bed
11/07/18 – My puppy poops in his kennel
10/31/18 – Tips to help your dog have a good Halloween
10/24/18 – Tips to help a puppy avoid developing a chewing habit
10/17/18 – My Boxer plays too rough with my brother’s smaller dog
10/10/18 – Our Jack Russell attacks anyone who goes out the door
10/03/18 – Tips for potty training a teacup Yorkie
09/26/18 – How do I stop my female Husky from dominating the male at mealtime?
09/19/08 – It’s been months and I can’t potty train my puppy
09/12/18 – My dogs jealousy over toys, treats causes fights. How can I stop it?
09/05/18 – Helping a puppy get over its fear of the collar
08/29/18 – My 3 month-old puppy won’t come to me or let me pick her up
08/22/18 – We can’t figure out how to potty train our Sheltie
08/15/18 – My new rescue is upsetting my other two dogs
08/08/18 – Our puppy barks at strangers
05/02/18 – Tips to help a puppy stop excitedly urinating in the kennel
04/25/18 – Our dog barks, bites and steals things
04/18/18 – My puppy is picking up bad habits when my neighbor watches him
04/11/18 – Why does my senior dog suddenly want to sit in my lap?
04/04/18 – Helping kids get along with dogs in 7 easy steps
03/28/18 – After the Fourth of July, our dog is afraid of walks in the dark
03/21/18 – I need help potty training my Yorkie
03/14/18 – 5 tips to help dogs who suffer from anxiety
03/07/18 – Why has my 3-month-old puppy suddenly become so naughty?
02/28/18  – Our dog refuses to potty outside unless we go out with him
02/21/18 – How to stop a puppy from eating food from another dog’s bowl
02/14/18 – My dog is ‘dog aggressive,’ and getting a puppy didn’t help
02/07/18 – Our older dog won’t get on the bed if our younger one gets on first
01/31/18 – Puppy is fearful around tall men and recently bit owner’s father
01/24/18 – 7 tips to help a big dog learn to play nicely with little dogs
01/17/18 – 6 tips for helping a dog form a structured eating schedule
01/10/18 – Boston Terrier will only eat boiled chicken and cottage cheese
01/03/18 – 5 potty training tips for dogs who just don’t want to go


12/27/17 – Our dog refused to come inside and bit me when I got the leash
12/20/17 – Our Yorkie puppy only poops inside and sometimes eats it
12/13/17 – Our dog is obsessed with drinking water
12/6/17 – 7 tips to stop dog friends from fighting at the dog park
11/29/17 – Dog Gone Problems: Roommate’s dog barks aggressively when I try to leave
11/15/17 – My Boston Terrier doesn’t want to walk on grass anymore
11/08/17 – Our Puggle thinks pushing us is playing
11/01/17 – Our dog refuses to get into the car after catching his fur in the door
10/25/17 – Can a dog with separation anxiety be trained as a service dog?
10/18/17 – I need help potty training a Yorkie mix
10/11/17 –How do I get our dog to stop chasing the cat?
10/04/17 – My Boston Terrier puppy won’t stop chewing my rugs and legs
09/27/17 – My dog doesn’t use potty pads during the day
09/20/17 – My Schnauzer attacks the door when the mailman walks up
09/13/17 – My puppy plays too rough with other dogs
09/06/17 – 7 tips to stop dogs from marking in the house
08/23/17 – German shorthaired pointer puppy won’t go outside without owner
08/16/17 – Do toy poodles need to be potty trained differently?
08/09/17 – Our rescue dog doesn’t like going outside anymore
08/02/17 – How can we get a puppy to use a potty pad?
07/26/17 – Can our son’s cat and dog peacefully co-exist?
07/19/17 – How can we stop our dog’s submissive urination?
07/12/17 – Is it OK to have our high energy dog live exclusively outside?
07/05/17 – Should we re-home a dog who nipped our child in the face?
06/28/17 – How to help a dog get over a fear of fireworks
06/21/17 – Our dogs nips at kids who run by
06/14/17 – How can I get my Papillion to stop barking?
06/07/17 – How do I get my dog to come when outside?
05/31/17 – 10 things to keep in mind when meeting a service dog in public
05/24/17 – How to keep your dog safe around weed killer and fertilizer
05/17/17 – Our dog is pooping in the kennel; is it separation anxiety?
05/10/17 – My mother’s dog is acting unusual; is he trying to tell me something?
05/03/17 – Help! Our Shih Tzu has started scratching the door when we leave
04/26/17 – Tips to help your dog and your children get along
04/19/17 – After bad experience, former ride-loving dog refuses to get back in the car
04/12/17 – My dog is shy and nervous around my boyfriend
04/05/17 – Our dog is destroying things now that our baby has come home
03/29/17 – Our Bull Terrier is aggressive and guards things from our adult dog
03/22/17 – How do I potty train my puppy if I can’t afford obedience school?
03/15/17 – Our Chihuahua bites our grandson’s ankles and and is mean to our puppy
03/08/17 – Why does our dog lick the dashboard of our car?
03/01/18 – Our dog is possessive with food and won’t let our other dogs eat
02/22/17 – Is it OK to let our puppy sleep with our children?
02/15/17 – Why is it so hard for us to potty train our Yorkie puppy?
02/08/17 – How do I stop my dog from barking at guests?
02/01/18 – How do I get my dog to stop biting the door?
01/25/17 – How can I get my dog to like being in the kennel?
01/18/17 – What’s the best way to introduce our dog to our new puppy?
01/11/17 – Why can’t I pet a service dog?
01/04/17 – My dog has separation anxiety


12/28/16 – Why won’t our dogs use the dog bed?
12/21/16 – Our dog attacks the door when we open it
12/14/16 – A dozen tips to keep your dog safe this holiday season
12/07/16 – My Puppy Cries When We Leave The Room While He Is Kenneled
11/30/16 – Our Dogs Get Crazy At The Door When Letting Them Outside
11/23/16 – We Have To Force Our Dog Onto The Grass
11/16/16 – Help! I Inherited A Crazy Dog
11/09/16 – Why Does My Cocker Spaniel Hold Her Paw Up To Me?
11/02/16 – My Bull Dog Barks When I Ask Him To Sit
10/26/16 – My Mom’s Dog Is Aggressive And Possesive Around Her
10/19/16 – My Yorkie Puppy Is Impossible To Potty Train
10/12/16 – Our Puppy Doesn’t Listen When Excited
10/05/16 – Our Dog has a Fascination with Toilet Paper, Unraveling Entire Rolls at a Time
09/28/16 – Our Dog Trainer Suggested A Pinch Collar But We Aren’t Comfortable With It
09/21/16 – My Adult Dog Doesn’t Stop When Correcting My Puppy During Play
09/14/16 – My Dog Won’t Potty Outside Without Me
09/07/16 – 9 Things To Do If There Is A Problem At The Dog Park
08/31/16 – Our Dog Chews the Front Door When We Leave Him Alone
08/24/16 – Our big dog plays too rough with our smaller dog
08/17/16 – Our Bull Terrier Has Suddenly Become Aggressive With Other Dogs
08/10/16 – Our Dog Suddenly Wont Walk on the Grass
08/03/16 – Our Dog is an Incessant Licker
07/27/16 – Our Puppy Nips Hemlines of Children
07/20/16 – 10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy This Sumer
07/13/16 – My new puppy is uncontrollable around new people
07/06/16 – Do dogs feel guilty?
06/29/16 – Our Maltese thinks he is the boss, won’t listen to us
06/22/16 – Our dog is scared of fireworks and loud noises
06/15/16 – Our dog loves to jump up on us
06/08/16 – Our rescue dog won’t stop shaking
06/01/16 – Our puppy has gone from fearful to aggressive
05/25/16 – How do we stop grieving dog from hiding in the closet?
05/18/16 – How do we prepare our dog for our first child?
05/11/16 – Our dog won’t stop stealing things
05/04/16 – How do we stop our dog from chewing our shoes?
04/27/16 – My dog whines for attention
04/20/16 – Our dog refuses to get into the car
04/13/16 – 10 tips to potty train your puppy
04/06/16 – Our dog is highly reactive to other animals
03/23/16 – Our first dog is jealous of our new pooch
03/23/16 – My boyfriend’s dog growls and tries to bite me
03/16/16 – Our puppy hides under the bed for no reason
03/09/16 – A visiting dog peed in our house, now our dog won’t stop
03/02/16 – My dalmatian is too protective of me
02/24/16 – My 2-year-old border collie mix is like a ‘ball and chain’
02/17/16 – Our puppy is eating our other dog’s poop
02/10/16 – My dog gets aggressive when excited
02/03/16 – How do we stop dog from biting so hard when playing?
01/27/16 – Help! My Australian cattle dog nips
01/20/16 – Why does my dog have to sit in our laps?
01/13/16 – How Can we Stop Our Dog From Attacking People at the Door?
01/06/16 – Our dogs are attention junkies
12/30/15 – Our dogs make a mess when drinking water
12/23/15 – How can we stop our puppy from playing too hard?
12/16/15 – My rat terrier follows me everywhere
12/09/15 – How can I stop our bulldog from marking?
12/02/15 – Our dog goes crazy in the car
11/25/15 – Our dog goes wild when the trash truck arrives
11/18/15 – My dog won’t go outside without me
11/11/15 – Our dog will only eat people food
11/04/15 – How can we get our dogs to behave on walks?
10/28/15 – Do dogs like being dressed up for Halloween?
10/21/15 – Our dog won’t let us cut his nails
10/14/15 – How do we get our dog to come?
10/07/15 – How do I stop my dog from being possessive of me?
09/30/15 – What training method is best?
09/23/15 – Our dog only acts tough towards other dogs around us
09/16/15 – Is it OK for our dog to guard our child?
09/09/15 – Questions about dog kennels
09/02/15 – My dog won’t walk on the grass
08/26/15 – How do I introduce my dog to foster dogs?
08/19/15 –  How do I get my dog to stop getting into the trash?
08/12/15 – How do I get my dog to use the dog bed?
08/04/15 – How can I get our dog to respect our 7-year-old daughter?
07/29/15 – Proper etiquette at the dog park
07/22/15 – Our dog hides under furniture
07/15/15 – How do I stop our dog from throwing up in the car?
07/08/15 – Our dog growls if we get too close while she is eating
07/01/15 – Our dog is infatuated by our lizard
06/24/15 – How can I stop my puppy from developing a fear of fireworks?
06/17/15 – My dog is shy in public
06/10/15 – Can I leave my dog outside in the summer?
06/03/15 – Should I make my dog’s food at home?
05/27/15 – Should I give my dog faux chocolate cookies?
05/20/15 – My dog won’t leave my side
05/14/15 – How do I keep my dogs out of the kitchen?
05/06/15 – What to do if your dog gets excited in public
04/29/15 – Should I get a puppy from a pet store?
04/22/15 – Why is my dog having accidents in the house after going outside?
04/15/15 – My dog is overly possessive with pillows and blankets
04/08/15 – Help! My dog goes crazy outside!
04/01/15 – How do I stop my dog biting the door?
03/25/15 – How do I stop my dog from licking?
03/18/15 – My dog is obsessed with drinking water
03/11/15 – Quit it with the pawing already!
03/03/15 – How do I stop my dog from barking when there’s a knock at the door?
02/25/15 – Tips for getting your dog to obey when called
02/18/15 – Help! My dog keeps stealing food from my table
02/11/15 – How do I stop my pup from being so fearful?
02/04/15 – Our Dog Refuses to Walk in the Snow
01/28/15 – How Do I Stop My Puppy From Having Accidents?
12/17/14 – How Do I Stop My Dog From Attacking the Door When People Leave
12/02/14 – How Do We Get Our Puppy to Stop Peeing in the Kennel?
11/20/14 – How Do I Stop My Puppy From Nipping for Attention?
11/12/14 – How Do I Stop My Dog From Lunging at Other Dogs?
11/05/14 – How Do I Get My Puppy to Stop Mouthing?
10/27/14 – My Dog Only Eats People Food
10/22/14 – How Do I Stop My Dogs From Going Crazy When Let Out of the Kennel
10/13/14 – My Dog Doesn’t Respect Me
10/06/14 – How Do We Get Our Dog to Listen When We Say No?
09/29/14 – Help, My Dog Eats Poop
09/23/14 – My Husky Goes Crazy On Walks
09/17/14 – How Do I Stop My Dog From Jumping in My Lap
09/08/14 – How Do I Stop My Dog’s Aggressive Barking?
09/01/14 – How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Begging for Food?
08/25/14 – How Do I Keep My Dog From Running Out Open Doors?
08/20/14 – Should I Alpha Roll My Dog?
08/11/14 – How Can I Train My Dog to Stop Getting Excited at the Door
08/04/14 – How Do I Get My Dog Over Her Fear of Loud Noises?
07/28/14 – How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Playing So Rough?
07/21/14 – How to Deal With Dog Possessive Aggression
05/12/14 – How to Socialize Your Adult Dog
04/21/14 – Help! My Dog Bites
03/31/14 – Teaching a dog to get over a fear of being left alone in a kennel
03/17/14 – How Do I Keep My Dog Off Tables and Counters?
03/03/14 – Why Are Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms
02/04/14 – Tips for Adopting a Dog