Ok, I was going to call this post “My Dog Ran Off With The Turkey,” but that sounded like the dog and turkey eloped. No, what I’m talking about is theft. During this busy holiday season, many dogs will be stealing food.
Food will disappear from counters, tables, plates, and yes, right out of your hand. Dogs are are proficient thieves because that skill is necessary for survival in the wild.
With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect time to amp up your game of teaching your dog not to surf the counters and table and not steal food.
Start planning out some prevention strategies for when food is out, and you are too busy to make sure your dog will not be able to steal food.
- Exercise your dog and then put it in a crate with something wonderful to chew on until you put all food away.
- Use baby gates to block off the kitchen, dining room, or other rooms where food will be out.
- Tether your dog to you, so you know what your dog is doing?
- Keeping the counter clean of food and dirty dishes
Training Solutions For Dogs That Counter Surf
Game #1. – Each time your dog is out of the house, secretly place goodies along the kickboard or baseboard for your dog to find. If your dog finds good stuff on the ground that is easy to reach, it doesn’t have a reason to put its feet on the counter or table.
Game #2 – Teach your dog to lye on a mat when in the kitchen or by the table.
Game #3 – Teach your dog; the kitchen is off-limits. This one is only applicable if your dog does not need to go through the kitchen to get outside or another part of the house.
So I have a question for you. Does your dog steal food? Tell me about it in the comments section. Tell me about the steps you plan to take to make it so your holiday treats don’t get stolen.