If you have a dog tall enough to graze counters, no sandwich is safe in your house. Until you train him to stay off your counters, that is. Dogs who are left alone with delicious smelling food on the kitchen counters will be tempted to jump up and steal their own treat. They will happily go wherever the food is. It does not take long for your dog to learn that his delicious meals may stem from your kitchen, even if they are actually your delicious meals. If you have a small breed dog, he might jump on all fours on your counters while a medium sized dog may have to put his front two paws up on your counters to see what his options are and sneak whatever he would like. Large breed dogs tend to have the ability to sniff the counter with their noses. They can slightly tip their heads and help themselves to whatever they wish from your countertop.
Teaching your dog to stay off your kitchen counters and not jump on them is part of obedience training. There's nothing quite like the reward of finding a ham sandwich or even a full Thanksgiving dinner after such a task. However, finding a hot Thanksgiving dinner could injure your dog and ruin your day. So, of course, we need to train our dogs not to jump on counters. Doing so is not difficult, and of course, as it is with most training, it is easier at a younger age. Motivating your dog to have all paws on the floor can be rewarding for your dog. If he knows good behavior is all he needs to earn your affection, attention, and some lovely treats, he might not try to work so hard to get what's on your counter.
You will need a few things to get started teaching your dog not to counter surf in your home.
My son's dog is extremely smart and can learn in literally minutes anything you want to teach him. (Baci knows ALOT!!!) But he has an attitude that does not stop! How do you get a dog with an attitude to listen???? I believe he received waaaaaaaay to many treat for waaaaaay to long when he was younger that now he still excepts them for everything and they do not seem to make a difference anymore whiter he get them or not...he won't listen! HELP!!!!!!!
I (Baci Grandma) dog-sit of him alot and could use some advise to get this brilliantly smart dog on track!
Hello Cynthia, If his owners are comfortable with you doing so I suggest practicing the following commands and routines with him when he is with you (it would be great if they wanted to practice with him also, but you could at least work with him when he is with you to build respect for you): It sounds like she needs trust and respect for you built. I suggest desensitizing her to being touched and handled and generally adding more structure and certain obedience commands to increase her respect for you. To desensitize her to being touched practice the following as often as you can with her meal kibble. Gently touch an area of pup's body while feeding a piece of food. For example, touch an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Hold her collar and give a treat. Touch her tail gently and give a treat. Touch her belly, her other paws, her chest, shoulder, muzzle and every other area very gently and give a treat each time. Keep these times calm and fun for pup. Touch while she is eating the treat and stop touching as soon as the food is gone. You can start this exercise while wearing thick leather gloves until she is more comfortable if she may bite when you touch even while eating food. The following methods and commands are good ways to build respect: Working and Consistency methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Anytime there is food out on the counter, she pulls it off as soon as we walk away. Whether it’s us going to the bathroom, sitting down to eat. If we aren’t in eyesight, she jumps up and pulls it down. She’s broken several dishes and we just are running out of patience at this point. Please help!!
Hello! Your best bet is to have the "punishment" come from the counter if that makes sense. If she receives a negative response from whatever she is getting to in general, she will likely not repeat that behavior. I have had luck with customers leaving a puddle of vinegar on the counter. When the dogs jumps up, they splash in the vinegar. Dogs have huge aversions to anything bitter. This is a safe and effective way to stop this problem. Just do a test spot somewhere as I don't know what type of counters you have!
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