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      11 month old puppy will not listen and gets into trouble if i am not around!!!

      Hello everybody i am having an issue with my 11 month old puppy. For the most part she is doing really well but what i am having a hard to fixing is that she will not listen to my wife. When i am around she is pretty good for the most part but if i leave or like go take a shower she starts to get in trouble. She mainly goes counter surfing to get something she is not supposed to have. I have even shut the bathroom door and heard her running away, then opened the door to find her on the counter looking for stuff to get. Any ideas on how to get her to behave for my wife? Thank you in advance.

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      I would recommend your wife taking her to an obedience class so the pup knows to listen to your wife, and your wife learns to be comfortable working with the dog. Basically the puppy is pushing her around and views her as much lower in the pack than you or the dog themselves.

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      If she's not reliable, you really can't turn your back on her loose. Is she crate trained? I would crate her until she learns how she's supposed to behave. (yes, obedience class...and realize that some dogs aren't reliable alone in the house until they fully mature...which usually isn't as young as 11 months for a Lab)
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      Thanks for the information.
      JenC I will have to look into classes. Thank you
      Sundance She is crate trained and i put her in it when i am by myself. She looks for trouble with my wife if i leave or leave her sight. Thank you

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      wife needs to work on training both at home and yes, classes would be great. she needs to take the lead and not just be the lover but a leader.

      and yes YOU KNOW the dog is going to get into trouble when your back is turned, it's really your fault when she does so. she has too much freedom. crate her, tether her, set her up for success.

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      I always just hid outside a window and scolded mine when they were getting on things they shouldn't. Amazing how fast they can get down. I had to do this multiple times until they learned no matter how long I was gone I would catch them.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff woodward View Post
      I always just hid outside a window and scolded mine when they were getting on things they shouldn't. Amazing how fast they can get down. I had to do this multiple times until they learned no matter how long I was gone I would catch them.
      Ha ha I just get this hilarious mental image of you crouching at a window with your hands shielding the glare just to catch them at the perfect moment. I hope your neighbors know you because if not....lol. I can just imagine trying to explain that this was a plot to catch your dogs and that you were not being a peeping tom. Hahahaha.

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      yup, your wife needs to be involved and get all the food off the counters. it's bait right now.

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      I agree with getting your wife involved in the training but I would add that counter surfing is a pretty common and specific naughty behavior that a lot of dogs engage in. If that's the most common behavior that she goes to whenever you leave the room, you can work on that specific behavior using some of these techniques:

      Counter Surfing

      She may just substitute another naughty behavior if you get the counter surfing to stop, but at least you've gotten past a really annoying and potentially dangerous behavior.

      Perhaps your voice or your directions to your pup have more authority. We've seen a number of spouses come on to, um, "suggest" that the dog obeys them but not their spouse. "I'm the enforcer and she/he just wants to be friends and the dog acts bad when I'm not around" sort of thing. Is it the volume at which commands are issued? Is it consistency? Is it clarity? People need to learn the best technique for training the dog, for first time dog owners you have to kind of train the owner to train the dog. Support your wife in her efforts to become a stronger doggie parent. If she takes classes with your pup she may learn to do things differently than you have been doing them, also. It helps if you're both using similar techniques so the pup is getting the same message from you both.

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