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06-09-2014 06:25 PM
Lilie I have a dog who doesn't just counter surf, he leaps up on the counters like a cat. I had a few choices as to how I'd try to correct this behavior. I'm a grown up adult human so the choices were mine to make.

I could use an e-collar and fry him every time he leapt up on the counter. But I decided I'd actually try something that would prove to be a little more difficult for me.

I could leave tasty food on the counter and wait for him to leap up there and then smack him hard enough to send him flying. But again, I thought I'm a fairly clever person. I might be able to be a little more creative and see if I can let him think it out on his own.

I'm kinda into dog behavior. I like to see what buttons I can push to get the behavior I want from the dog without using harsh corrections. I enjoy watching the light go off in my dog's eyes when they figure something out on their own.

So the object would be to reward good behavior. What is good behavior when you have a dog who behaves like a cat? You have to catch the dog BEFORE he performs the undesired behavior.

Knowing that he IS going to leap up on the counter, I'd watch him when I'm in the kitchen. Yes, it appears that I am doing the dishes, but in fact, I'm training my dog.

He walks into the kitchen......I say quietly, "Hey, crack dog!" and he looks at me. I reach into my pocket and toss him a little treat. "Good boy!" I continue to wash the dishes.

He walks along the island and turns his head up to get a whiff of the counter, I say quietly, "Leave It!" and he looks at me. I say, "Good boy!" and toss him a treat.

This goes on for a few minutes. Then a little light goes on in his head. Hey, she is the treat lady. If I watch her, I get treats. If I watch the counter, I get nothing.

If I'm not quick enough and he focuses on the counter and I miss i, he will jump up. When that happens, I walk to him, take him by the collar and tell him "Off!" and off he goes. I ignore him. I don't holler. I don't scold. I don't look directly at him. He gets nothing.

I do this over and over and over. Finally, one day I realize that he's laying in the kitchen watching me. He isn't even looking at the counters. Does that mean I'll leave a roast on the counter? No, not with a Cat-Dog in the house. But that means he's figured out the behavior I want.

So - that also means that I can be walking down the road off leash and a chunk of road kill is laying on the road and I can say, "Leave it" and he already knows the concept.

That also means he knows to watch me for leadership. He can do all kinds of self thinking. He can figure things out on his own. But he's going to comply when he hears from me. And he does it because he is being rewarded for WANTED behavior.
06-09-2014 04:46 PM
andrea04 Sounds just like Lucie she's also 5 month old. She has been counter surfing and table surfing for months now. We bought our first pinch collar and keep her leash on in the house so when she gets up there we give a gentle tug on the leash and tell her off. She gets right down hopefully it will keep her going in the right direction.

But I feel your frustration and will keep an eye to see if anyone has better tips😃

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06-09-2014 10:09 AM
petite Fawn rarely goes for food but she loves to pull clothing out of drawers, laundry out of baskets and shoes off of my shoe rack. She doesn't destroy anything but she does collect a pile for herself to lay in. I think I'll try the pepper at Thanksgiving, she'll be tall enough to help herself by November!
06-08-2014 12:14 PM
wolfy dog DDog counter surfed from the time he could reach them. I never said anything and ignored him as I never left anything edible (took me about 25 years to get this). He has stopped completely due to the lack of success. He does smell stuff, nose up high but now he has learned "leave it" and minds it well.
06-08-2014 10:31 AM
graciesmom I'm working through the same issue with Jazz who is also 5 1/2 months. I command OFF, push her/block her with my body if I'm close enough then follow up with a DOWN command. Once she's in a DOWN, I praise and treat. This seems to be working, I've now caught her contemplating jumping up on the counters but looking at me first and when I say No, she doesn't jump up. Again I follow up with a command of something I want her to do, then praise and treat. There are times however, where she decides to be a butthead and won't stop. Non-compliance is a one way trip to her kennel, for a time out. Don't know if this is the best way, but that's all I've got.
06-07-2014 02:25 PM
PINESTATE I have found cayenne pepper sprinkled on counter to be effective. It took abouta week of this "treatment" to pwork.
06-07-2014 03:15 AM
Originally Posted by boomer11 View Post
Yep you got it! Not everyone can be a professional trainer like me

For sure. The advice to beat the dog is priceless.

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06-07-2014 01:47 AM
boomer11 Yep you got it! Not everyone can be a professional trainer like me
06-07-2014 01:40 AM
lalachka OK, I was just making sure. So it's all advice for others. Your own dog loves you and doesn't do anything wrong

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06-07-2014 01:37 AM
Originally Posted by lalachka View Post
How does this go with the bond and the love? I thought your dog listens to anything you say with no corrections and no training because he loves you. Or that's just for recall that this happens and the bond doesn't work for other situations?

Or this is just advice for others and you, yourself, wouldn't do that?

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Well my dog doesn't counter surf because he loves me.

For other people who's dog doesn't even respect them then yeah correct the dog. Clearly the word no and time outs are of no consequence to the dog.
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