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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Counter surfing

Hi, my mother's newly adopted GSD is a counter surfer, what can we do to teach her not to do this. As it is, we can't leave her alone in the house because she pulls anything that smells edible down or even out of the sink.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 09:20 AM
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Re: Counter surfing

mouse traps...SNAP
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Re: Counter surfing

Crate her when she is alone

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Re: Counter surfing

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Seriously? Ouch!!

Any other suggestions that don't hurt? Jax surfs the garbage bin when we aren't looking.




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She has a 4x4 kennel in the basement, the problem is I live in the basement and like to let my kitten out in the downstairs family room and she has gone after him, so that would mean juggling the kitten and the dog who wants to eat him every time they want to step out of the room, and while they are here they are in and out of the house all day long doing stuff outside and such. The other problem is my mom has bad knees and doesn't like going up and down the stairs more than once or twice a day.

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Mollie: Beagle
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Chewy: Shih tzu/Yorkie
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Re: Counter surfing

Not a trainer so hopefull you will get better advice than this....
My Golden Mix does this, IF given the opportunity...I just keep stuff out of her reach, AND if seen she of course is told Down, she will sheepishly slink away, she knows better..it is just to much to resist.

Mouse traps.... That is a joke right....

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Re: Counter surfing

I have cats and traps would not be a possibility. Do those scat mats work? This is a Lainey issue too. She loves pens from the table or food off the counter. "Off" is attempted. A water bottle squirt makes her cranky so I don't use it.

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Re: Counter surfing

Aloha, I would hate to be labeled a cruel sadist, but I think a small mouse trap snapping and a little ouch, Brenna would VERY quickly associate counter=ouch. Counter Surfing needs to be taken care of quickly as there are a lot of dangers there...old food, knives, fish bones, etc. But NOT recommending the mouse traps though!!

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Re: Counter surfing

Set the pup up for a learning opportunity.

Put your juicy steak right up there and leave the room. Wait. Watch. Catch the offense and correct. The correction we used was to shake a soup can of pennies. We did it about a dozen times and our problem was pretty much solved. Lucky Dog thinks every time her little nose touches the counter an angry Penny Can God bursts open its reign of terror.

Poor little puppy hasn't had a steak in months. (0;

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Re: Counter surfing

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no no no, no mouse traps. that just gives the dog a bad experience. positive training methods should always be the way to teach the dog something new....

anyway, teach the dog "off" or "leave it" then when the dog UNDERSTANDS the command..start useing it, sooner or later he/she will get the hint.

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