Join Date: May 2012
Location: Maine, US
Dogs Name: Riley [RIP]
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4 ft fence is way too low for an unsupervised adult doberman, in my opinion. We have a 5 ft fence, and Riley can easily reach the top to jump over it - and he's still a baby! I wanted a 7 ft fence, but the land owners wouldn't allow it. Because of that, Riley's only allowed outside when someone is around to keep an eye on him. Otherwise he's inside or kenneled.
Riley is a jumper, because he is very reactive, and ever since he was little, there has been a pretty crazy bird feeder just outside one corner of the fence. He went nuts over it, and no matter how much I tried to train him to leave the birds alone, he couldn't focus once he was near that part of the fence. He'd shriek and whine and jump like his relative was dieing on the other side.
Luckily, I've FINALLY convinced the owners of that thing to move it somewhere else, so he no longer has a reason to jump at the fence anymore, except for the occasional squirrel in the woods... but it's not nearly as bad.
For jumping on people, just a lot of turning, ignoring him, never letting him have the attention or whatever he seeks to gain by doing so. If you have to, keep a leash on him indoors and step on it when he starts getting jumpy. It'll take time, but eventually he'll realize that jumping is NOT how to get what you want - and if you praise him for sitting and being calm around you, that'll happen much quicker!
For counter surfing, never leave stuff out for him to get while he is unattended. The more he jumps on the counter, and discovers there is nothing he wants up there, the less and less he will do it. If there IS something up there, you simply HAVE to be in the area at all times to prevent him from getting anything. It's hard to stop a counter surfer because their "reward" for doing it, is also the REASON they are doing it. If you command them not to, or give them a treat for not doing it, I guarantee whatever he wants on the counter is of higher value, and therefor he'll still be rewarded for disobeying you.
You can try a "Scat Mat" in specific areas he likes to counter surf (when no reward is available for him on the counter, mind you). Could help. And I've heard the method Amelia metioned work before, but for some cases (it depends how long your dog has been doing this, really) it's just a constant watchful eye and keeping your space clear of "special treats" while unattended.
“If you don't own a dog, at least one,
there is not necessarily anything wrong with you,
but there may be something wrong with your life.”
Last edited by NINKOjIN; 11-04-2012 at 08:38 AM.