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05-22-2014 10:22 AM
Hopefully after a few good lessons for you Finder, you'll be able to put the mat away to avoid those self inflicted accidental lessons
05-21-2014 09:33 PM
Kahrg4 Thanks for all the suggestions! The scatmat arrived yesterday and has been up and operating since last night. 24 hours later and the fridge is still unharmed. I've accidentally stepped on it a few times myself and it's very unpleasant but not overly painful. Finder has been caught a couple times by it and has since avoided it. I've got my fingers crossed that the problem has been solved!
05-15-2014 08:46 AM
Athena'sMom You might want to give this lock a try! I so know how huskies can be. good luck!
05-15-2014 01:57 AM
Originally Posted by LoveDogs View Post
My last GSD did the fridge thing too and also the oven. The oven he used the towels so that was an easy fix (cost me a thanksgiving Turkey though). The fridge was more of an issue. I tried the baby locks and that did not work at all, the chair, crating, etc. FINALLY the ONLY thing that works was duct tape. It looked horrible but it did the job! Silly I know.
Funny because my wild hair guess was going to be in the tape/texture department. Double sided tape along the door where he can reach? Maybe once he gets sticky he won't like it? Or maybe he will just learn to rip it off somehow and then you'll have tape in the dogs fur. I don't know. Was also thinking along the lines of a decoy dog fridge but then you mentioned you're in a studio apartment so probably don't have room for a mini fridge. Anything you can spray or rub onto the surface that would make him sneeze and not harm him? Just completely wild guesses here.
05-15-2014 01:27 AM
my boy diesel this
Pet Training Supplies: Scat Mats and Strips for problem behaviors
05-15-2014 01:24 AM
LoveDogs My last GSD did the fridge thing too and also the oven. The oven he used the towels so that was an easy fix (cost me a thanksgiving Turkey though). The fridge was more of an issue. I tried the baby locks and that did not work at all, the chair, crating, etc. FINALLY the ONLY thing that works was duct tape. It looked horrible but it did the job! Silly I know.
05-14-2014 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by Kahrg4 View Post
Sunflowers, if you've got a brand or style to look at in crates I'm totally open to suggestions! Finder had a metal crate that had previously successfully contained Cafall and other foster huskies without issue but it's in pieces now.
Doggie prison
There are several models on this site

. Crates & Kennels: Police K9, Military K9 and Schutzhund Working Dog Equipment

05-14-2014 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by Kahrg4 View Post
Hi Counter, I appreciate your concern but Finder has been doing 4 mile walks and off leash play almost every day this week. It got rainy yesterday but otherwise he's seen an increase in exercise recently as the weather's finally decided to warm up. I understand about husky energy, I've grown up with and fostered northern breeds including huskies most of my life. Finder is by far the calmest and least destructive husky I've ever experienced. At least he was until he discovered all the wonders of the fridge.
Walks are different than runs, but any exercise is better than no exercise, so that's awesome what you're able to provide them! I know walking does very little for my personal fitness. Running does A LOT for my fitness. The same goes for dogs; especially for dogs(!). I used to walk my dogs for 2+ hours (7+ miles) a day, plus 1-2 hours at the dog park. Then I realized our walks were really not doing much for them, other than getting them out in public for socialization with new and strange sounds and smells, etc. I learned about bikejoring, and now we're doing that 5-6 miles in 30-45 minutes (versus 2-3 hours of walking) and they're running and pulling and sprinting the entire time, I don't even pedal; it's all dog power! Bikejoring worked magic for us.

That's amazing that you have a calm and witty Sibe. When our Paw Paw was a pup he went through obedience training with a trainer who was from Alaska. She had plenty of experience working with northern breeds and huskies, similar to what you mentioned, and she said Paw Paw was the most well-behaved Siberian she has ever met. Well, he's been a great dog, but he can still be a rascal when he wants to be, or when I am unable to give him the amount of exercise he needs. He's also 6 now, and he was much more of a rascal when he was younger. I'm grateful that he's never desired to open our fridge though! I'm glad you're finding help from the people in this forum! Good luck. Nice to see others with a Sibe/GSD combo.
05-14-2014 07:29 PM
gsdsar How about an ecollar? You have a nanny cam, so set him up. Watch him from outside the house, when he goes into the kitchen, correct him. Find a trainer to teach you how to use it correctly, but you are going to have to find something that you can do from a distance.

Scat mats at the kitchen entrance and in front of the fridge may work. Until he learns how to jump over them.

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05-14-2014 07:20 PM
The Stig Oh gosh. How unfortunate, and a little bit funny. Who needs thumbs, right?

I am no help since the only solution I could offer is to invest in an anti zombie-apocalyptic crate, not unlike this one:
Leerburg | Deluxe Full Tread Aluminum Dog Crate

But it is also v. costly, which would not be pertinent in your case.

You know, what should happen is for manufacturers to offer a top loading fridge to their product line. I can't imagine any dog being able to open *that* to raid the fridge.

Watch. Some lurker is going to read this and run off with my multi-million dollar idea and market it towards owners w/ fridge-raiding pets.
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