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SummerGSDLover 12-08-2013 01:13 PM

How to teach: No Counter Surfing
Help :banghead:


Baillif 12-08-2013 01:37 PM

Bunch of ways to do it. I try to stop it from ever happening by management and if I can catch him doing it for the first time I nail him hard for it to try to prevent it from happening again.

Once you have one that has already rewarded himself for it and its reinforced then it is a bit more tricky. You can sort of imprint the idea in his head that you don't want it by baiting the counter waiting for him to try to grab the bait and then blocking or correcting. A few reps of this and I would basically try to trick him and invite him up there. If he takes the bait he gets nailed, if he doesn't he gets rewarded for not being stupid.

If I was going to correct it I would correct hard, but it depends on the dog too. You want one where the dog is thinking "ouch" but not one that totally causes the dog to shut down completely.

You need to teach him he can't pull this off just because you aren't around to stop him too. So this will require spying. You more or less set up a sting and spy on him when he doesn't know you are there. If you've done scenting or anything like that with the dog this will be quite a bit harder so if you can set up a webcam or something like that go for it.

An e collar blast for this kind of thing is useful too. You'd take all necessary precautions to prevent collar or receiver awareness on the dog. Depending on what his temperament was determines just how high ya go on the power dial, but soon as his front feet touch the counter...ZAP. Quick high intensity pop. The odds of superstition go way down as long as that is not his first time in the kitchen. It could happen, but not likely.

newtexas 12-08-2013 01:39 PM

This was a joke, right.

Baillif 12-08-2013 01:41 PM

For behavior eradication for something like that you don't nag correct.

newtexas 12-08-2013 01:43 PM

Did you ask how old the puppy is before telling her to use an e-collar?

Baillif 12-08-2013 01:43 PM

I know how old her dog is from post history. I also know she doesn't have an e-collar and probably wouldn't use one. It isn't necessary anyway. Handtronics works just fine.

newtexas 12-08-2013 01:47 PM

So e-collar on a 14 week d is acceptable to you? Again hilarious. And WRONG. At that age the puppy won't fully comprehend what is being corrected and could associate it with another behavior.

Baillif 12-08-2013 01:48 PM

You didn't read the first half of the post did you? E collar is not the first thing you'd whip out I just said it is one of those cases where it was useful later on. You teach the behavior is unwanted first.

newtexas 12-08-2013 01:49 PM

Or just teach it fear of you.

mego 12-08-2013 01:49 PM

I just gave mine a verbal correction "eh, eh, eh, cut it out" any time she approached the counter, and if she reared up on the counter, I just knocked her off balance with my hip and told her to sit. Many weeks of pushing food really far back, natural response occurred, never getting the food, always getting knocked off or told no, she eventually quit entirely. It just took a LOT of watching and managing

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