I was on another forum and read about a thing called a Gentle Leader. Will this help keep Parker from counter surfing. Exactly what is it good for. Thanks
It is something you use to walk your dog. Do you know what a halter on a horse is? It is the dog version.
Not useful in teaching a dog to stop counter surfacing.
Obedience training, learning the "leave it" command would be helpful. You can try setting some mouse traps, dangle a towel over the edge with the traps on top. The trap snaps when your dog surfs. Masking tape looped over the edge or grey tape looped also discourages them when they jump up and get a paw full of tape. Otherwise you might have to get in the habit of putting things away.
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I used a Gentle leader for pulling while walking! It might help with a quick correction, but probably no more then regular collar/lead and firm " off ", "down" or what ever correction you want to insert. Others might be of more help. From what I know from personal experience and from hearing of others experiences on here, pretty much once they are a countersurfer its a tough task to change! We just keep the counters clean! ;D- Good luck- Di
gentle leaders aren't meant to be used for 'correction' if by that you mean a sharp tug on the leash - injury could result. They are useful in guiding the dog - where the head goes the body will follow. I know the GL promotional materials list a bunch of training solutions for various problems, but the same results are possible using just a regular leash and collar as well. I do recommend the GL for dogs with aggression issues, but for pulling, I'd suggest an easy walk or sensation front clip harness instead.
There are tons of great puppy hints in "our best advice" thread.
As mentioned Gentle Leaders are a tool for walking, not 'corrections', and I often see them misused by dog owners. In the case of countersurfing they would definitely NOT be appropriate. You cannot 'cure' countersurfing because it is a self rewarding and therefore a self reinforcing behaviour. Prevention is the best policy and you can do that by keeping your counters clear, or at least pushing everything back so that it is inaccessible to the dog. If you are proactive in keeping the counters clear he will still contine to jump up but his behaviour won't be rewarded. Eventually, the frequency he jumps up on the counters should be greatly diminished PROVIDING you are consistant. One slip up (him jumping up and successfully stealing food) and you will be right back to square one.