Countering Counter Surfing


This workshop is all about counter surfing and a reinforcing way of training “leave it”! Let’s learn how to teach a robust alternative behavior so families can cook and enjoy their meals without a dog’s nose in their plates. You are also going to learn how to teach a leave it without conflict. There are lots of ways of teaching “leave it,” and this workshop is going to deepen the understanding of the presence of food as a cue that can be reinforced.

This workshop will include the opportunity for video submissions.



  • How to talk to clients about labeling their dogs as “good” or “bad” around food
  • Nuts and bolts: creating clarity about how to access food first without frustration
  • It’s not about LEAVE IT, it’s about when and how to TAKE IT!
  • Default alternative behaviors to counter surfing
  • Food presence as cues for the behavior you want

Section 5: Present and Address Common Problem Behaviors

Scheduled to run

Feb. 2, 2020


Tania Lanfer

Core Class

Approved IAABC CEUs


Approved CCPDT CEUs