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Old 07-15-2010, 11:42 AM
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Default Food Surfing

Velvet has ALWAYS food surfed. She waits until we leave the room and hones right in. Dawn and Eclipse very rarely do it. Unfortunately she's taught the puppy to do it. Now, Greystoke is an even larger culprit. I left the room yesterday and left our room-mate's son in the room with him and he STILL climbed on the desk to get at my food!

I don't know what to do. I have no idea how to correct him not to do this. I can't just take the food with me everywhere (such as a bathroom) and there's nowhere I can put it that he won't climb his way to get it, except in the fridge. Yet going all the way up to the fridge just because I have to pee during dinner isn't likely. I also shouldn't have to enforce him to always follow me to the bathroom either, so taking him with me so he can't get the food isn't an option.

I've thought of bait training. Leaving food there and "leaving" the room so that he doesn't know I'm there and then correcting it when he goes for it. Yet I know he's smart. What if he figures out how to tell where I am standing so that he knows when I'm truly gone?

None of my dogs are really stupid. They know when the humans aren't there they can get whatever they want. This is why they have been crate trained so well.

Any suggestions or advice for stopping the food surfing? It's very frustrating!
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