Dog training strategies for chewing, counter-surfing, and piano-raiding?
February 11, 2014 8:11 AM Subscribe
Our dog, a two-year-old rescued black lab mix has two bad habits which we'd like to train her out of: she chews on things that aren't hers, and she counter-surfs with a vengeance. In both cases the worst behavior happens in rooms we're not in, and it can happen quickly. Too often the damage is done before we have chance to startle her away from the scene of the crime. I'd love to know what training techniques have worked for others in similar situations.
posted by Songdog to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The chewing problem has been discussed here before
by other people. Our dog too has randomly retrieved books off of shelves, which is particularly vexing because they're not something we can easily just put out of her reach. But putting other things out of her reach isn't easy easy, because her reach is absurd. She's grabbed an entire pizza box off the kitchen counter and chewed through it to get the pizza before the babysitter noticed. She's eaten cereal out of a child's bowl in the moments before the child reached the breakfast nook. She's pulled a dinner plate to the floor from the kitchen counter, but even the startling results of that adventure didn't scare her straight. She's pulled a laptop bag from its presumed-safe place on the top of an upright piano, and removed and chewed items within it.
We know more exercise can help but it's tough at present when it's really cold out and it hasn't stemmed the problem in the past. We know we're supposed to always be with her and always watching but it's not always possible. And if we can't always be there to redirect her when she's tempted to misbehave how can we tackle this with training?