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We've had two incidents of Bess grabbing something from the kitchen worktop while my back was turned ... she's only 17 weeks but quite tall when up on hind legs.

Once she grabbed the iron (cold) and it came crashing down on the floor ... now broken.

Other time was this morning ... had made a bowl of icing (for son's birthday cake) ... turned to get something and .... CRASH! ... broken china bowl and icing on the floor!

Has anyone else had this problem, it's new for me. Any ideas what to do about it ... obviously I'll have to put things further back ... and teach her the "down" command ... trouble is it happens when I'm not looking. :eek:
 

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You would have thought the iron crashing down would have scared her off that, I've heard of setting up noisy things like coins in a can that they hit when they get on the counter to make them think the counter is bad, not you! LOL. good luck with that! She's tenacious!
 

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You would have thought the iron crashing down would have scared her off that, I've heard of setting up noisy things like coins in a can that they hit when they get on the counter to make them think the counter is bad, not you! LOL. good luck with that! She's tenacious!
Thanks ... yes she is a quite tenacious little dog, bless her. I'll ask the trainer's advice tomorrow. Any ideas gratefully accepted! ... bit worrying as it could be dangerous. :(
 

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Blimey, I would have thought the iron falling off would have frightened her off?? :eek:

I've read somewhere about placing baking trays on the worktops so when they jump up the trays crash to the floor and frighten them off. Not sure this is going to work on Bess though...
 

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Gosh she dosnt sound scared of anything??Buddy cant quite reach the worktops but he trys to get things off the table,my friend suggested putting kitchen foil on the top then when he pulled it off the noise should frighten them,but from the sounds of it no loud noise will scare her!
 

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Hi Sue, oh dear, the problem of a bigger puppy! Izzy could jump and reach the objects near the edge of our tables and work tops when she was about 6 months old (not 4 months). I had to ensure there was nothing within reach, but Bess will get bigger still and maybe be able to jump onto the surface. No help, just empathy and wishing you good luck with the training. xx
 

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Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes she is a confident puppy who's scared of nothing! ... on walks she thinks she's a big dog and wants to play with the larger ones, even if she gets bowled over by their sheer size :eek: ... Maisie just stands on the sidelines and watches! :cool:

Thanks Clare and Donna ... I like the sound of putting baking trays or foil on the top ... the clatter of the trays (and my reaction!) might put her off ... or at least not be rewarding.

She certainly was startled a bit when the china bowl of icing smashed on my ceramic tiles (terrific noise!) and we firmly put the dogs the other side of the kitchen baby-gate while we cleared up.

I'm really keen to get her properly trained as she will be a good size I think.
 

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So I asked the trainer this afternoon about this and thought I'd let you know what she said .... fill a metal tin (like an empty biscuit tin) with golf balls or something that will make a noise if it falls, put it on the worktop when you are making a sandwich, call your landline from your mobile and leave the room (supposedly to answer it) ..... watch from doorway and if dog gets up to work top, come back in, slide tin on floor (so it crashes making big noise) and give firm command "get off" (or whatever command you choose). Voila, the dog is put off (hopefully!).

She said I may have to go through this routine a few times ... don't always have to do the phone thing I guess ... but she said have the tin handy ... and hopfully she will soon get the idea that she is not to do it again!

The idea is to startle the dog so it is put off pulling things off the worktop.
 

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Rosie (who I measured at 18 inches to the shoulders this morning) does this. The onyl way I've found of dealing with it is to tidy up my kitchen. I never leave her in out and out of hte cage unless everything has been pushed right back against the wall. My husband loves it - I've never had such a tidy kitchen!

Let us know how the training goes - I will copy you if it goes well!
 

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Sounds like a plan Sue! Rufus has always been a very confident pup and a bit of an adrenalin junkie when out on walks .......if he can get three German Shepherd Dogs chasing him then he will! He has sobered a bit recently though at the grand old age of two. In our agility class there is a Poogle (Beagle x Poodle) who can jump up on the worktop from standing! :eek:

Let us know how you get on.

Karen xx
 

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Oh I'm glad Bess isn't the only one! She no longer has a crate so that isn't an option ... and I'm afraid I can't have a tidy worktop at all times. On Saturday it was a large china bowl of cake icing that she pulled down ... I had only walked a few steps to the fridge ... but as soon as my back was turned ... CRASH! down it came. :eek:

I will give it a try a as I feel it could be a danger to her if she keeps doing this ... will let you know how it goes!
 

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i know people who have used mousetraps, i tried it breefly with delts to stop her pinching things off the kitchen table but never stuck with it to get the propper efect, what i can day is she was never hurt by then and it did stop her getting to the food and it only ever caught on her fur she would walk through with a mouse trap attched to her coat which would then drop off and she would walk away.
 
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