|Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 9:52am PST |
|Make the garbage inaccessible. Remove all food from counters. Teach a "leave it" command. Baby gate the kitchen so she can not get in there. Prevent her from being able to rehearse the behaviour.
Management & training. Expecting her to "know better" or make the connection by yelling at her when you catch her is not realistic. Much better to just remove temptation while you work on training for what you want.
Pat Miller, in her "The Power of Positive Dog Training" says it best. I will paraphrase..."who is the smarter species? Chewing shoes? Don't leave them laying about. Counter-surfing? Remove the food reward." It won't be forever..just until the behaviour is extinguished from lack of reinforcement.
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