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01-10-2014 05:00 PM
misslesleedavis1 Mouse traps on the counter!!!!! lol,
01-10-2014 01:22 PM
lyssa62
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Originally Posted by Crocky View Post
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

LMAO Ok that was funny! I think Roxy could get a trophy for how far she can tip the couch back when she runs and jumps on it.
01-10-2014 12:09 PM
wolfy dog It is funny to read about these antics since they are not in my house. I personally do not allow all that "fun stuff" with my dogs and I want to own the couches and like them to be calm inside.
We have mainly wooden floors and I am terrified that rough housing on these gets them injured.
01-10-2014 04:20 AM
sarah1366 What a comical post jyst laughing thinking of your dog's causing havoc I have one of eight and 2 year old and there forever teasing each other your story dead funny I shouldn't laugh just reminds me when mine was in second thing of one pup one adult and use to kill myself laughing at stupid things they do don't worry does get better

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01-10-2014 04:02 AM
OriginalWacky
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He might think that you have turned crazy, which this is IMO, and make him afraid of you. Good luck in catching him in the act. They are very clever and hear you coming from miles so you most likely be off with the timing of these silly punishments and only act out of frustration by taking that out on the dog. I don't understand why all this "setting him up, catching him in the act,etc" stuff and violent responses to a dog that is just acting based on the reward system (finding edibles on the counter). If they never find anything they will not develop this habit.
Once they have found something good, it will take a long time for them to no longer check the counters.
I would say, "Relax people and blame yourself for the counter surfers!" Remember, dogs don't do what doesn't work for them.
You're right, this is not something I'd recommend all the time for every dog. But for a solid nerved dog that has managed to find something good, or in a home where there needs to be something on a counter or whatnot (for example, cats with food out of reach or something maybe? Though just putting that out of reach is better too, but anyway, I digress), a one-time, really "severe" shocking reaction might do the trick. But I probably should have specified this in the beginning, as it's not the best solution most of the time.

I've had excellent luck with not allowing the dogs free roam in the house until they've been proofed a fair amount, and I've made sure there isn't anything interesting on the counter. If they happen to be in the room while I'm doing prep work for dinner or whatever, they usually learn quickly that trying to get their nose in it or check it out gets them sent out of the room, while remaining calm and on the floor out of the way results in praise and treats, so I haven't had much issue with counter surfing in several years now. In the past though, when I've had counter surfers, I always blamed the humans in the house for leaving anything where the dog could get to it.
01-09-2014 05:05 PM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by Jax08 View Post
sofa agility

I know I shouldn't laugh but I have a 15 week old at home. I can so relate. Our house is like an obstacle course...

6 yr old GSD chasing the 13 week old...thru the house, around the kitchen table, back thru...puppy goes left around the couch, adult girl goes right and they meet on the ottoman that goes sliding to the wall from the impact of a combined 95#.
I have marble at my front door that attaches the living room to the bed rooms (ranch style home). I have a rug on the marble...you can imagine what happens when they run through the house, hit the marble and surf the rug.
01-09-2014 03:55 PM
Cheyanna For counter surfing, our trainer said to take a mouse trap, set it, turn it upside down and then cover with newspaper. Pup jumps on counter, mouse trap snaps and makes loud noise. Because upside down and under newspaper, cannot hurt pup.

Couch agility sounds quite common. My mom ended up buying a love seat for the dogs. They chase each other and launch themselves on the love seat. As long as they are not on my recliner I don't Mind.


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01-09-2014 12:46 PM
Jax08 sofa agility

I know I shouldn't laugh but I have a 15 week old at home. I can so relate. Our house is like an obstacle course...

6 yr old GSD chasing the 13 week old...thru the house, around the kitchen table, back thru...puppy goes left around the couch, adult girl goes right and they meet on the ottoman that goes sliding to the wall from the impact of a combined 95#.
01-09-2014 12:26 PM
Saphire
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Originally Posted by wolfy dog View Post
Once they have found something good, it will take a long time for them to no longer check the counters.
I would say, "Relax people and blame yourself for the counter surfers!" Remember, dogs don't do what doesn't work for them.
I would agree with this. My old trainer, many years retired now had 2 rules to remember.

1. Dogs do what is best for dogs.

2. Remember that dogs do what is best for dogs.
01-09-2014 11:04 AM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by OriginalWacky View Post
Well, if all else fails, set it up to 'catch' him at the counter surfing and scare the snot out of him somehow (really loud noise, fake spanking, whatever works). One huge fright like that might do a great job at preventing further surfing.
He might think that you have turned crazy, which this is IMO, and make him afraid of you. Good luck in catching him in the act. They are very clever and hear you coming from miles so you most likely be off with the timing of these silly punishments and only act out of frustration by taking that out on the dog. I don't understand why all this "setting him up, catching him in the act,etc" stuff and violent responses to a dog that is just acting based on the reward system (finding edibles on the counter). If they never find anything they will not develop this habit.
Once they have found something good, it will take a long time for them to no longer check the counters.
I would say, "Relax people and blame yourself for the counter surfers!" Remember, dogs don't do what doesn't work for them.
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