Our wonderful and sweet dog Dash has only two bad behavior. We adopted him 3 weeks ago, he is super sweet, does not bite or acts aggresive at all. He's very smart and knows a lot of commands, but he just can not remember to stay of the kitchen counter. He puts his two front legs up in the counter looking for food all the time, I'm afraid he's going to get burn one day or eat our food while preparing it, plus it is not sanitary Also he destroys every single toy we have bought for him. No toy is Dash proof, but he needs entertaiment, any one knows how to fix these problems?
">What breed is Dash? I would gate him off from the kitchen, just for starters, or keep him on a leash for while, and correct him each time he tries to jump up.I would keep all food off the counter; so he is'nt getting any reward at all for his behaviour. I would also deploy the spray bottle, and a stern tone if he persists. Is he crate trained? This would also be a good way to make sure he stays off the counter when you're not home. As for toys, I have found some that are Boston and Boxer proof..to a point, anyway. They have lasted for months, where as some are ripped apart in less than an hour. Good luck with him!
An important thing to remember about problems like jumping on the counter, is that every time he does it, and gets away with it, it's reinforcing that unwanted behavior. So, while he's learning, make sure he doesn't have access to the counters if no one is watching him. You don't want the dog to learn to wait for you to leave, then surf the counters.
Usually you can tell when a dog is going to jump on the counter. They may stand next to the counters and stick their nose in the air, sniffing for any goodies that might be up there. Try to catch him when you know he's going to jump up and startle him. You can yell "aahh!" or clap your hands. Eventually the dog will get the message.
Another way to prevent counter surfing is to teach the dog to stay out of the kitchen. To teach this, use "body blocking" to push the dog out every time he puts a paw in the kitchen (make sure it's obvious to the dog where the kitchen begins). Praise the dog for staying behind the mark when you're in the kitchen. Eventually they will learn to stay out. The only drawback is that after you teach this, you should never let the dog back in the kitchen to avoid confusion.
As for the toys, have you tried tougher toys like the Kong? My Corgis are pretty bad about destroying toys (their motto is "seek and destroy"), but they have yet to tear up a Kong. I put a little organic peanut butter in it and freeze it. Yum! They also like the Kong squeak toys made of tennis ball material. You also may want to try a large, hard rope toy. Make sure you always supervise when he's playing with toys; you don't want him swallowing part of something.
Thanks for your answers and advise. Dash is a Beagle mix with Pointer. 1 yr old. He has the Kong and I put treats in it, he loves it, but he is always looking for stuffed animals (he detroys in seconds) so I've tried finding hard frabics, work better but if it has any small parts easy to tear out he finds it and that's the end of that. it's funny because he is a very gentle dog, not aggresive at all. As far as the kitchen is an open kitchen with two different entrances,so imposible to block. I've tried keeping him behind a gate in the hallway, when we came home he had jumped over it. when he's home alone nothing is destroyed, but I don't know what he's doing as far as the jumping. I don't want to leave him in a crate while we're out. I remember seeing something on Animal Planet about putting an obstacle to create an imaginary wall and keep training him that it is not acceptable to pass that line. I guess I'll try that. Thanks!