Welcome to my second class on the fine art of counter surfing – Intermediate Counter Surfing 201. Hopefully you have been practicing the lessons from course 101. One note that I felt the need to mention – a lot of comments came through about stealing bad items like chocolate or raisins which can be harmful to us dogs. Some items such as raw meat can be stolen in reasonable amounts for your size, not the entire 1 lb steak – use dog common sense. Always know what you are stealing, and limit your crimes to non-harmful foods. Click here for a list of harmful foods in case you are unsure.
Courses 201 and 301 are for pets in multi-pet households. I will be showing you how to set up and use the other pets to your advantage, leaving you with all the goods, and none of the blame. Course 201 is a continuation of course 101 in exercising patience, as well as starting the set up process. Course 301 next Monday will be the actual grab and escape with no blame. If you are an only pet, you will need to just work on course 101 until you feel like you can get away with a grab and dash on your own OR…
What better time to adopt a kitty? June is Adopt A Cat month and many kitties need homes. As you know, my mom has adopted all her cats over the years, coming to a total of about ten cats. No she is not a crazy cat lady, she never had more than four at once, and now we are content with two. My current cats were adopted as adult cats, and my cat bro Bert is the ideal “fall guy” for counter surfing. Not only is he an excellent accomplice, I made sure he knows that it was my idea to adopt him so he feels that he owes me…always keep your cat under YOUR control, as it will be very unpleasant for you if they take over control of YOUR home. Cats are quite useful as they manage to get into, and onto almost everything in the kitchen…a huge help if you are short!
Let’s start the process with the cat set up. My cat bro Bert loves to sit on the bar stool when anyone is working in the kitchen…you can see him photo bombing in many of my baking photos, and you can see the “I am caught look” in the above photo. He is not subtle, and has been caught stealing many times, so he is ideal to put the blame on. Let him steal, let him get caught with his furry mug in the chicken salad! Your job is to just hang out in the vicinity of his crime, and look so very, very innocent. One note, mom hates having the cat on the counter, but try to keep a cat off of anything – almost impossible! Before mom cooks she always makes sure she cleans the counters very well.
Having a big, big sister is also a great thing. See how tall Katie is? She can see what is on the counter, and just grab with her mouth if she wants! Once again, let her get caught stealing. You lie in wait where you will be seen as the ever so innocent dog. See my look – it says “look at that bad dog over there, I’m so good”! No one will suspect you of stealing! I am not able to use Katie much as she sniffs on the counter, but she is such a goody two shoes, she doesn’t steal, and mom knows that. If anything, she will run off and tattle on me for stealing, but I wanted to show how useful a big dog can be if you have one at home with you.
This week your job is to practice on that set up with one or all of the other pets in your home – remember to be patient. Next week you will be reaping the rewards off all your hard prep work! Can’t wait for the grab and then enjoying the loot – yummy!!!