Counter-surfing or table-surfing is a problem for many families with pets. Addressing this problem behavior as soon as it starts is key. Stealing food items from the counter or table is dangerous and cannot be allowed. Usually limited to dogs that have the physical structure to reach a 36 inch high counter, small dogs can also show their genius and dexterity to reach new heights. By strategically pushing trash bins, chairs or other objects to counters, they can jump up on the counter then go back down.
What could go wrong with a 70 pound dog on the table? Inappropriate food items for dogs could be on the counter or table. Dogs cannot eat all type of human food. Onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, raw meat and certain bones are just a few foods that are dangerous to dogs. Many things often found on kitchen counters can hurt your dog. Baking powder and baking soda are both highly toxic. So are nutmeg and other spices. Keep food high enough to be out of your dog’s reach and keep pantry doors closed.
How Can This Be Stopped?
It’s plainly clear that there should be no table-surfing for Fido. If you are facing a pet surfing scenario, make the kitchen off limits to your pet immediately. Keep your Veterinary clinic’s phone number handy and know that ingestion of toxic foods require immediate attention. Serve your dogs food and treats in new places in the home where 1) added activity and people allow better monitoring and 2) involvement in dog obedience games and routines can be rewarded.
One type of aversion training for tables or counters that has worked in some cases is the PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs by PetSafe.
Your dog’s movement in the off limit area triggers the motion detector which activates the release of compressed air. The element of surprise is in play here, deterring the surfing while you are in another part of the house. For more information reach out to your pet care professionals.