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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Timber ate $220.00-Literally! (Counter Surfing)


Silly me! Left some money and my purse on the counter because I had just cashed a couple of checks. The phone rang, so I went outside to talk to my Mom. When I came back in, Timber started running in a circle and then ran to the front door. I thought maybe he needed to go potty or something. As soon as I stepped foot in the kitchen I found my wallet with teeth marks in it. So I turned around, gave Timber the evil eye and in a low tone said "baaaad boy". Oh...he knew!!!
One second later, I turned around and found the envelope that contained the money and the money torn to shreds all over the floor!!!! OMG!!!!! I was freakin out!
Luckily...I went straight to the bank and there were enough of the bills there to exchange them for new ones. Pheeeew!!!

Last week he pulled down magazines and my cell phone. She put teeth into the phone and shredded the magazines.

Anyone have any good ideas to teach Timber to stay off the counters when Im not in the room???
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Have you read this thread? Some good ideas on ways to help....


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Now that's a money hungry dog!
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WOW, I'd be sooooo mad!
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I left Dutch alone in the living room for a couple minutes to go to the bathroom. When I came back he had one of my PS3 controllers. Luckily there were only a couple of teeth marks
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well, i don't know if this will work when you are not in the room, but it will certainly help Timber associate counter surfing with something he doesn't like.

water bottle spray to the face. my trainer said that is a great one to use for jumping on you or the counter.

the second his paws hit the counter top...spray. i never had to do it with Cody, but my trainer said they hate it!! it is negative reinforcement, but hey...it's only water

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I've never had a counter surfer...until Jackie. She's driving me crazy! We're in the process of teaching her not to do it and I can't wait until she learns. She didn't eat $220, but she might as well have. It was my fault too. She had gotten a hold of my glasses from my desk a couple of times. So I started keeping them in the middle of my desk where she couldn't reach them. I forgot one day and walked out for a few minutes with them close to the edge. Needless to say I have an appt. with the eye doctor tomorrow for new glasses. Good thing I only need them when I'm on the computer!

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It is amazing what these dogs can cost us in damage........and we still LOVE them. (I am glad the bank was able to replace the $$ for you!)

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possible help for counter surfing

I've never tried it but you could put a few mouse traps on the counter so when the dog jumps up the traps will snap & scare the dog off the counter. If you are afraid of hurting the dog you could put the traps under towels or I have heard there are plastic traps now?? I am not sure of that though. Someone said it cured their dog of it 100%.
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