It’s a good thing that DixieLee is cute and that Mom loves her because it she wasn’t so cute and so loved she would be in the biggest trouble ever.
We had all eaten our suppers and Mom was cleaning the kitchen. Dad did a big painting project and he wanted Mom to see how nice it looked so she left for a minute. It was only a little minute but when she got back to the kitchen, DixieLee was chewing on the left over spare ribs Dad had for supper.
She took it right off of the kitchen counter!
She did so many wrongs….
1. No jumping on the kitchen counter
2. No eating people food
3. No eating cooked bones
She knew she was bad cuz as soon as she saw Mom she took the rib, ran and hid in her crate so she could finish eating where no one could get to her.
I know that some dogs steal people food off of counters all the time. Trainers call it counter surfing. When dogs didn’t live with peoples we had to do scavenging and unattended food was, well food.
I might do some begging now and again but I never thought to just take food from the counter. Now that DixieLee knows how easy it is to get really yummy food, she told me she is going to do it again.
I hope not! The only thing badder than taking leftovers off of the counter would be to take Dad’s dinner off of the counter before he got to eat it. I bet she wouldn’t look so cute or be so loved then!
Some peoples try tricks to discourage counter surfing but punishing a dog for doing something so natural is not good. The bestest way to prevent counter surfing is to not leave food unattended or to place it beyond the reach of even the most determined dog. Keeping dogs completely out of the kitchen is also another way to prevent food theft.
Well, what's done is done. Now Mom has to watch to make sure that the cooked bones don’t cause any problems that involve trips to the vet. Living with DixieLee is always an adventure.
And it's my turn to watch her so I'll see you later.
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