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Old 01-07-2014, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my 6 MO, Kaiser, counter surfs like crazy. Not really sure what to do to break him of this. We've tried double sided tape and bitter apple spray. If anyone has any other ideas- I'm open to anything.

My other issue-(admittedly all my fault....) is that I can't keep him off of the couches. I wouldn't mind, except that he jumps and flies on them like they are his own personal agility course. We allowed him on the couch when he was little, so we caused this behavior. Is it too late or can I still correct it?

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Old 01-08-2014, 02:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My 8-month-old pup has the exact same issue. I correct him every time I catch him about to counter surf with a firm "off". Sometimes he listens, but it almost seems like it depends on his mood. If he does make it, I simply go to him, and move him off the counter, again firmly correcting with "off".

None of it has worked. My puppy hates the bitter spray and will diligently try to destroy it if used.

The couch issue for us began with a cute puppy laying beside us, too. Now he is 70 lbs and flies on to the couch from all directions, regardless of whether there is space in the couch or not. Luckily no one has been hurt so far. I have started telling him to get off the couch and putting him on the floor every time he sits on it. However, that is extremely hard to do when he is in agility-mode.

So, BUMP.
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You'll have a difficult time with training to stay off the couch after allowing him on it for months on end.

Lisl can clear the end table and me and land on the second couch cushion without batting an eye. But she's part kangaroo.
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This is just my take on the counter thing at home...I have trained the humans in the house to not leave stuff on the counter. Easier to train them. And as far as the couch..I'm bad because we all play on the couch.
But this is our house and it's how we live.
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I have an expert counter surfer,Thunder. She has stolen two pizza's ,box and all, as well as numerous dog treats from the counter. Daisy is the all time record holder as she stole a steak off the grill and a roast still frozen from our counter. I have to agree w/ lyssa62 its about training humans. After all the years w/ Daisy you would think I would have learned but I need a refresher course. Thunder is reteaching me! As for couches i buy fake leather and have covers. Mine are all senior citizens so I don't have the couch agility anymore. Daisy used to jump over the back of our couch while we would be sitting on it. Always an entertaining event! I always thought of it as indoor field events.
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For the counter surfing, my trainer recommended using the prong and then "popping" as your dog starts to jump. You'd have to set up the situation for your dog to do this. If you are not educated about using a prong, then hire a professional for help rather than injure your dog.

Other than that, I like lyssa62's advice and not leave things on the counter. We seldom have food left out.
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For the counter surfing, my trainer recommended using the prong and then "popping" as your dog starts to jump. You'd have to set up the situation for your dog to do this. If you are not educated about using a prong, then hire a professional for help rather than injure your dog.

Other than that, I like lyssa62's advice and not leave things on the counter. We seldom have food left out.

This. You need to demonstrate to the dog that this is unacceptable behavior. No exceptions! You need to be firm and consistant and use the pop with prong to make it uncomfortable for the dog. A verbal "off" only works if it is convenient for them. Don't let it be an option for the dog. You will be amazed at the results. It is 100% up to you if you want this behavior to stop. In my experience, it is easily correctable.
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How about using a crate and cleaning up the counters?
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Up your exercise!! Your pup is like pressure cooker and he's letting off steam by flying around your living room, using the furniture as agility equipment. He is self rewarding by the attention he gets from you when he is in the act of couch vaulting. I agree, should be an Olympic sport.

Stop the behavior while in action. So after he's burned up energy using acceptable behavior and he comes into the house and begins his racing around - disregard the fact he is using your furniture to gain height, you want to stop the racing behavior. Eh! And provide a toy to play with (or what ever you allow in your home). Ignore him while he's in crazy, bug eyed, flight mode. When he comes to you to play quietly, then play with him.

I would also practice NILIF. He is only allowed on the furniture when you give him permission to. You can teach him a word that means he can get up on the couch. Something like 'load'. Also teach him the opposite, something like 'off'. The verbage isn't as important as the constant practice of the command. You can use the same word to correct him when he starts to focus on the counter. Don't wait till he starts surfing, correct him when he starts to focus on the counter.
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And all this while I thought counter surfing and couch agility were sports we could compete in. Silas has gotten very good at it and only to find out we can't compete, I hate to break this news to him
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