I know puppies are nosey in general. Mine is just extra nosey... I have a german shepherd/black lab and all he does is eat everything!!!! (Steals socks, eats things off the counter, you name it-he's probably done it). Which we have been told is the lab. He keeps jumping up on the counters. I can't tell you how many times we have had to rebake a batch of cupcakes or start dinner over because he has licked off all the frosting or just licked the meal in general. I know it is not safe for him to be consuming different human-food at only 7 months old, but we can't stop him from "counter-surfing"!!!!! We have tried bitter apple... we spray it in the back of his mouth and he gets off, shakes his head, and a few minutes later he is right back up on the counter. He has chewed up numerous pens. pencils (luckily has never gotten the ink or graphite out). We tried saying a stern NO and pulling him off the counter to show him the ground-where he is supposed to stay. We have tried double stick tape because we heard they don't like the feeling on their paws. Nothing has worked so far! We take him for a long walkevery afternoon, and it still seems like we can't get all of his puppy energy out, so we play ball or frisbee or just run with him in the front yard. This only calms him down for a little while. Any tricks or ideas of how to stop Smokey from jumping on the counters is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
How much exercise is the pup getting?
What you're describing is typical behaviour that is probably going on because he isn't being properly supervised. You must be watching them constantly and correcting any unwanted behaviour when it happens. Correcting after the fact does nothing. If you can't watch the pup, then put the pup in its crate while you're busy with other things. Alternately, keep the pup leashed and tied to you so that you're able to monitor the behaviour.
"NO" is a lousy command on its own. The pup won't know what you're asking. You need to be specific in what you're asking of the pup. "No jump", "no bite", "no speak", etc.
Lots of exercise, an obedience class and keep him tethered to you in the house.... when you don't feel like directly "babysitting", crate him.
The funny (or not so funny) part is that we are always keeping an eye on him. He gets at least 2 hrs of play time a day, plus extra walks for when he has to go potty. He is either on a leash right next to us or crated when we are not home. Whenever he leaves the room, we follow him and correct him in the action, as correcting him after the fact will do nothing for the puppy. We are possibly going to sign him up for obedience class, however he knows, sit, down, paw, etc. Now it's all just behavioral that we need to work on. Would obedience classes still be beneficial for us?? Thank you both for your suggestions.
Obedience classes!!! I have a feeling a lot of what he is getting into is partially your fault. Until you have a dog you trust, NOTHING should be left out that shouldnt be chewed. If you leave socks on the floor, they are fair game! Keep bad things out of reach and redirect to acceptable behavior. Let him have acceptable toys, and nothing else.