this is what i came home to

this is what i came home to  - this is what i walked in on when i came home from the store
United States
August 6, 2010 6:16pm CST
One day i ran out to the food store to get a few things i couldn't have been gone for more then 1/2 hr and when i came home. i could not be leave my eyes my dog was on the kitchen table looking out the window waiting for me to come home. i have never had that happen before dose anyone know how to break that habit? please help me
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11 responses
• United States
6 Aug 10
Only thing I can suggest is you keep him outside. I think as a kid I remember the family I lived with use to use a newspaper and when the dog jump on the table they repeated hit the dog and say no. Can't remember if the dog obeyed because he understood or obeyed because he did not want to be hit anymore. Sorry I have no other suggestion, as I do not own a dog, I refuse to in a house. Unless I can let my dog run free around acres then I just won't have one locked in a house. I live in the city and just find it to be cruel to have a dog on a chain and or leash. Good luck with your dog. Hope he doesn't jump on table any longer, but look at it on the bright side he loves you and misses you and was anxiously awaiting your return. How cute.
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• United States
7 Aug 10
hello hardworkinggurl thank you for the advice but i do not be leave hitting anyone or any animal with a news paper.
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• United States
7 Aug 10
I agree maybe that is why I do not have pets I have like this phobia from way back in the day when the foster parents I lived with abused the poor dogs.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Did the dog jump to the table from the floor or did he jump on a chair first, then the table? If it was from the chair, you'll have to be sure the chairs are all pushed as far to the table as possible so the dog can't use them as "steps". You might also have to move the table so it's not near a window. I bought an electric mat because my dogs were going places they shouldn't. They would try to get into the garbage can in the kitchen. I put this mat in front of the can. This pad uses a battery and, if the dog steps on it, it will send a small electric shock to the dog's paws. I've stepped on it myself, just to test it to see what my dogs would feel and it didn't hurt, just startled. Believe me, this thing works! If you have the money, you can buy one of these online or in pet stores. (I've never seen them in places like WalMart.) They're not too expensive and they really do work. After once or twice getting shocked from this, my dogs stopped going where they shouldn't have been. Plus, once they learn that they shouldn't go to a certain spot, you can move the pad to another area, if needed. The dogs don't realize the pad is no longer there. All they know is that they'll get a shock if they go there again so they don't go there.
@Absinto (2398)
• Portugal
7 Aug 10
I'm not sure there is anything you can do about that, once the get used to something it is hard to break their habbit. I suggest that you find a way for your pet not to jump th table i guess.
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@elleb0418 (1107)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
That's a bad habit for a dog.Don't spoil your dog,you must insist to your dog that you are the boss and not him.You can put him outside too,provide a cage for your dog.I am also a dog owner I have 13 dobermans and I have 17 puppies now.I never been spoiled them,thats why everytime they are doing wrong things just with my voice they will behave and follow what I say to them.So better put your dog outside.
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@iceamber (68)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Hmmm....well, nothing comes to mind honestly, but you could leash your doggy up to something, or even give your dog an area to theirself by putting a baby gate up and blocking the dog off from getting access to the table. OR...you could flick him/her on the nose and tell them "NO" when your dog is caught on the table and hopefully, your dog will get the idea that it's not okay to be on the table. I don't think I helped at all, but it's worth a shot. YOU HAVE A CUTE PUP!!!:D
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@tjburcham (690)
• United States
8 Aug 10
I think that you will just teach him not to let you see him do it. When I was a kid, my cat would stick his head in the fridge everytime some one opened the door. My dad would punish him for it, thought he had taught him not to, well he just taught him not to when dad opened the door. I had a dog that would trash something, when I was gone, I really think he didn't do it until he heard the car coming home and he would get excited. He used to rip the curtains off the windows. He was punished. He left the curtains alone. He eventually just ended up moving things. Like he would take the roll of toilet paper out of the bathroom and set it in the hall way. Once he took a loaf of bread off the kitchen counter and set it in the dining room. Didn't even puncture the package. Just something to let us know, he didn't like his situation. He didn't get punished for moving things, because he never tore them up. Another dog I had just could not be left alone in the house for any length of time, he tore the wood work off the door, it was terrible.
• United States
10 Aug 10
hello tjburcham i understand rocky pulled the blinds off the windows so when i go out i have to roll the blinds up all the way so he will not rip them down
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
7 Aug 10
If you can.....move the table. That would be one way of handling it! Or put a slippery plastic table cloth on it so he has a hard time even getting up....My dog used to look out the dining room window when the kids were either leaving or arriving back home. But he didn't stand on a table!
• United States
10 Aug 10
i can't move the table my kitchen is small and the table doesn't fit any were elace
• Jamaica
16 Aug 10
One day my sister went to work and her dog followed the taxi all the way there. She couldn't believe it when she saw him. She had to call her husband to come for him.
@bunnybon7 (37905)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Aug 10
what a cute dog! and smart to. im not sure. they love looking out windows, so maybe if you rearanged things. like put some other thing over there you dont mind the dog jumping on. ive never had the heart to teach any of my animals to stay off things. but the kids used to swat "at" the cat, not actually hit it to get it stay off the table. of course sometimes she'd still jump on it till someone saw her then jump off and run
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Aug 10
hi kristinad just move the table enough from the window that he can no longer see if he did jump up. and if you catch him trying to give him a little slap on the nose, not hard but make it sting so he will know he is not to do that. that is not unkind and is a method dog trainers often use, they do not hurt the dog, just startle it with that quick little flick on his nose. He just will not like it and will equate it with the table. Swatting with newpaper is too much, and will make a dog hate all paper, then he will rip to shreds any paper he sees as he will think its an enemy. no no newspaper swatting.
@shira0524 (483)
• United States
7 Aug 10
A way to break a pet of a bad habit like this is to get a spray bottle filled with water, turn the nozzle so it's a sharp stream (instead of a mist) and 'set him up'. Give him an opportunity to do the unwanted behavior while you're nearby or just out of sight. Then, when he's not expecting it, squirt him in the face over and over again and tell him "Off!" until he gets off the table. Be diligent. Every time he even goes near the table get the squirt bottle and repeat the "Off!" and squirting him in the face until he moves away from the table. After a while, hopefully he will start to associate going near (or getting on) the table with you telling him Off! and with being squirted in the face with water. You can use this trick to un-train a lot of other bad behaviors as well, but it does take some time and you have to be consistent and do it every time.