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    Angry Please Help! Dog Jumping on Kitchen Benches to Steal Food!

    Hi guys, I need your help!

    After almost three months of living in a new house where the kitchen is the central room and unavoidable for my pup to be in there, he is still jumping up on the benches to steal food!!!

    He will not do it when I'm in the room, but as soon as I'm gone he'll jump up with his front paws on the bench and nose in whatever's available.

    I have tried my 'ahhhhh' noise which he learned as a negative at dog obedience and have put him outside, but it's not working. Often I have to drag him off the bench, then he happily runs to the door ready to be put outside for his 'punishment.' He seems completely oblivious to the fact that he's in trouble and if given a chance, will repeat the activity two minutes later.

    Loud noises don't seem to deter him, neither does yelling 'no.' I haven't yet tried a water sprayer because he is a water dog and absolutely loves water so I don't think it will be much of a deterrent.

    I have also had him lie down and put food around him and told him to 'leave it' which he happily does- as long as I am there!

    Please help, I'm at my wits end!!

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    ummm, bit of a hard one, I too will be interested in what people have to say. Not that it matters much, but how old is the pup?

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    ahhhh he's 18 months (tried to find an embarrassed face but couldn't see anything appropriate!!) I know at this age he should be trained out of it but in our last house he didn't have access to the kitchen so was never trained when he was little.

    Other thing is he is a Newfie, so when I say he jumps on the benches when he jumps up they are about elbow height! And it takes some dragging to get him down!!

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    Several things you can try.

    Making sure there is no food on the kitchen benches to steal or sniff.

    Squirty water bottle. When he puts his nose on the bench - squirt and say NO! And when he stops or stays away - say GOOD DOG and if you can, treat him for coming away from the bench.

    Stacks of empty tin cans - piled along the edges of the benches - so when he jumps up, he knocks them down and they bang a lot and then you know to hit him with the squirty water bottle, but the tin can noise also works when you're not there.

    Rub vics vapour rub or crib stop (horse bench chew repellent from equestrian supplies) along the edges of the benches. Both need to be reapplied from time to time.

    Bait benches with food that tastes yuckky like lemons cut in halves or halpeno chilli. Warning - dogs can aquire a taste for chilli so use in moderation ie not every day or every time.

    Let me know if any of that works. I've used the squirty bottle and tin cans to good effect but mostly I try not to leave food on the bench. However right now there is a large pile of dirty dishes that I ought to clean up but she's leaving them alone. There's only so many times a dog will go for the rattly tin can effect.

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    The easiest and the simplest is to not leave any food on the benches. My Mimi does this only when there is food on the bench and she wants to have a close look and sniff. I have a bowl of fruit permanently on the bench but this does not interest her.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I will get some crib bite stuff next time I'm at Horseland (I'm a horserider too!). Will also try the rattle tin. I was reluctant to do this because my 60kilo boy doesn't seem to be frightened of loud noises but having said that, I just threw a gumboot at the ground next to him (prob not the best training technique) and it scared the jeebees out of him! Will also get a water squirter.

    I was dealing with it by making sure there was no food on the benches or putting him outside but I figured he wasn't learning anything and it's not feasible as I live with a house mate. I want him to learn not to do it in the first place.

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    Hi Newfienut

    (btw did you know Canadians make "newfie" jokes the way mainland Aussies make "Tasmanian" jokes). How to freak out a Canadian from Newfoundland - say "Ah, a *New-fie*" in a knowing smug kind of way.

    Anyway - the tin cans - it's not so much the noise as the "SURPRISE" factor. Ie same as sneaking up on someone and going "Boo" in their ear. It's not how loud you say "Boo" it's how much they didn't know you were there SURPRISE factor.

    So the Gumboot would be the same. I've also used a handfull of pegs - lobbed from behind the door. And "bark busters" throw a small bag containing a choke chain as a rattle. It's a surprise - distraction - displacement effect.

    I've seen one other thing that I'd love to have - for the bench or forbidden zones - it's a motion activated air scent sprayer. Someone put one of these on a bench where their cat jumps up and every time the cat jumped up, the air freshener thing went off and surprised the cat right off the bench. I wish I knew where you got those.

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    Does he actually jump onto the bench? I'm trying to imagine a Newfie on top of a kitchen bench and having a bit of a laugh. Sorry.

    Certainly my Deerhounds were all counter surfers as they were tall enough to simply stand there and help themselves. My Deeries trained me to be tidy and not leave food where they could reach it.

    I'm with Mimi. Don't leave food lying around on benches. Problem solved. It will keep ants away as well.

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    Tabasco sauce on a towel on a clothesline deterred a dog of mine from pulling things off it. Maybe the same principle may apply.
    Wish I had done that with the poddy calf that used to suck only my clothes on the line.

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