Counter Fit – Whole Dog Journal
About 5 years in the past, we ran an article about “counter surfing” – the euphemism for the act of canine taking any meals they will discover in your kitchen counters – and I couldn’t discover a image of a canine “caught in the act.” That could be as a result of, normally, if we spot a canine consuming our dinner or licking the butter dish on the counter, we don’t take a photograph of it. Instead, we interrupt the habits and redirect the canine to a different exercise. Wait – that’s the proper factor to do. Most of us in all probability simply yell, “WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?!” But I digress.
At the time I wanted the photograph, my son’s canine, Cole, was staying with me; my son was some other place on the planet, at certainly one of his athletic competitions someplace. Cole is all the time completely satisfied to play the coaching recreation with me, so I taught him to face on his hind legs together with his entrance paws on a butcher block desk, close to a pleasant roast beef sandwich. Then I took footage of him doing it.
The pictures seemed a lot like a canine who was counter-surfing – solely Cole seemed cheerful and expectant, as an alternative of a canine who had gotten yelled at for “stealing food.” This is as a result of he hadn’t been yelled at; he was receiving treats and reward after each few footage I took!
When my son acquired again from wherever he had gone and requested for a report on the actions Cole loved in his absence, I instructed him about how useful Cole had been, modeling for WDJ once more. My son was reasonably unamused. “Mom!” he scolded. “If he begins taking meals off counters and tables, I’m going to be so mad! And why didn’t you employ your personal canine, anyway?”
I didn’t use my very own canine for these pictures, as a result of Otto wouldn’t dream of placing his paws on the counter; it might have taken me weeks of coaching to get him to look even barely convincing as a counter-surfer. (Also, Woody wasn’t born but.) Until not too long ago, Otto has by no means as soon as taken meals from the counter, kitchen desk, or perhaps a carelessly uncovered kitchen rubbish can. It by no means occurred to him – till not too long ago, when he began displaying somewhat senior dementia, or previous canine privilege, or no matter you name it when a canine helps himself to the burrito on the espresso desk proper in entrance of you. Um, Otto?
Anyway, I used to be serious about all this as a result of our Training Editor, Pat Miller, has written an important article about counter-surfing in this challenge (see web page 6), and I got here throughout these footage of candy Cole. I referred to as my son to ask, “Remember when I used Cole as a model for a dog who is counter-surfing? And you were so mad? Did he ever counter-surf after that?”
Fortunately, the reply was no. Whew!