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Anita Basson October 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

I have a Goldie, Tara. She does great when we walk and she listen to me when I tell her to sit or lie, but she want her treat then. How do I get rid of the treat and how do I teach her to leave things on my kitchen counter? She is 9 months old now and we all love her to bits, she is always happy and she is really good with little kids. I don’t have little kids anymore but when we have visiting ones she is at her best behavior.


Pippa Mattinson November 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Hi Anita, by ‘how do I get rid of the treat’ I assume you want to know how to fade out treats. Check out this How to fade rewards
It is great that your dog is so good with kids, she sounds lovely. Counter surfing is best resolved by keeping counters clear, so that the dog is never rewarded for putting her feet up. You can’t really train her not to do it in your absence except by removing the rewards. Pippa


Jan January 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I have a 4 month old Lab. that is now jumping up on counters to grab things, what kind of positive training is best to make her stop the behavior?


Pippa Mattinson January 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Hi Jan, hère is a good video to help you sort out the counter-surfing


Hazel Kemble June 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Hello Pippa, a bit of advice please. I have a 2yr old Hungarian Vizsla dog whose recall 90% of the time is super fast for which he always gets a treat, game or party. The 10% of sloppy ones I just say good boy or tickle his chest. I find it really hard not to reward the 90% but am I creating a future problem by not putting it on a variable schedule. I don’t have a problem with carrying treats forever as we do lots of little training games on walks otherwise, as a gundog, he’s off in his own world. As a by your tip of changing direction was really useful when he got to that confident stage. Many thanks Hazel


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