The boys and Jack had been in the backyard playing. They came in and Jack came by to check on me. He went back to the boys in the living room. A few minutes later I heard my oldest in the kitchen saying, "No Jack, drop it". I went running to the kitchen and he had a brand new loaf of bread on the floor and was scarfing it down. I grabbed the bag and the 10 pieces that were left & tossed them (bag was ripped open).
I was cooking spaghetti on the stove and he had been lifting his head and sniffing it off and on this afteroon, so I know he was interested in the food. One of his foster homes said he would counter surf, but anther said he didn't at her house (but she only had him 2 nights right before we got him).
What can we do to help prevent counter surfing? Ideas, advice appreciated!
Nicole & Jack (rescue @ 3 years old)
The only thing is not to leave anything on the counters. Or if they aren't expert you could try frightening them. I did this with Kassa and recently Tessa after Erns showed her what to do. I bang rolled up news paper on the wall. She almost wet herself and been good, but not sure how long it will last with Erns constantly doing it. Often the reward is worth more than the punishment.
I adopted My Ernsthe king counter surfer and it really is a nusiance.
Erns can hook a hot potato from the the table or even a pan, or the steak of a plate while we eat.Nothing is safe. I have tried everything. Double sided tape on the counters. From the other room I could hear his paws sticking as he patrolled around the counters. A tray that flipped over making a noise when he touched it. Even banging pot lids together to frighten him while he applauded my symphony ,called out bravo and ran away with the bait.
I keep him out of the kitchen when I cook and crate him if we have guests.
Jasper will periodically open the oven door as well to check if there is food in there ! What am I supposed to do ? Put the oven outside when I'm not in the house ?
We put our bread on top of the fridge out of the reach of Sophie-the-counter-surfing-queen! She loves to swipe bread and cracker packs. She's surprizingly pretty good about leaving the things we are cooking alone. Its just she must love bread! Maybe because we have her on a grain free food. She did swipe half my son's bologna sandwich he left on the counter yesterday. We used to leave tubs of marjarine on the counter, but she is drawn to those as well, along with the kitchen sponge we have to keep out of her reach.... Have fun, you're just getting started!
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Glad somebody found it funny ! Personally I thought MJ's comments about Garth's belly were the site's funny of the day ! :-)
congrats - you have a real lab
The quickest and easiest thing to do is not leave food on the counter (this goes for any baking or food left to cool on the counter). That is pretty standard at my house, bread goes on the fridge.
There are things like the can monster you can try.
Rocky and Olive (foster)