Preventing Counter Surfing
Target: Zero Success Don't leave anything that looks, smells or tastes like food on counters or tables for a few months while you're training.
Train When It's Convenient
Set up training episodes so you have control over when you train. Don't train in the middle of the crisis.
"Did I Do That?!"
Corrections can't come from you. The dog will learn to steal the food when you're not around.
Safe Booby Traps
Place food tied to a string of aluminum pie pans and empty shoe boxes. When the dog pulls them down, there will be startling noise and objects falling down. Move the booby trap to different locations. Never use anything that will harm the dog.
Scavenging is Natural
Dogs are opportunistic scavengers. Be realistic. The dog does not understand that stealing food is illegal.
Keep Them Busy
Give them a reason to stay away from the counters. Rotate a variety of valuable, edible chew items in your dog's environment so they aren't always scavenging. Tennis balls and stuffed animals are not valuable chew items.