Hi- we have a 7 year old 1 eyed beagle- we got him via rescue 18 mths ago.
We have managed to get a great response to training in many areas (walking well on leash, stopping constant barking etc) however we are complely unable to break his beagle food compulsion which also involves table/counter surfing constantly as well as eating through childrens lunchboxes/shed door or other barriers- he has climbed into the dishwasher at times...
He sleeps outside in a kennel but has house access during the day.
We have a very large open plan kitchen/lounge/dining so a baby gate is not an option.
He is walked 3 to 7km every day without fail and attends dog club once a week.
He is never off leash as he has the beagle tendancy to go "on scent!" and I am realistic about this.
At the moment he is locked outside during all meal prep/meals and tidy up however he is still counter and table surfing whenever inside the house.
We have tried loud noises, alfoil and placing tins that fall on his head. Approx once a week his surfing will get him a reward when he manages to get something off the counter- so he is reinforcing the habbit. I mention his one eye because I suspect this makes him even more scent obsessed than a normal beagle- but I could be wrong.
We do TOT and he sits for a meal and is not released to get his dinner until I have his full attention and eye contact.
I would LOVE any ideas people may have on countering this problem.