I know I don't get to post much, I just can't find the time...but I hope you all can help me with a problem I'm having with Kaya.
Kaya's background, in case anyone doesn't know:
3 year old rottweiler, eats Innova, excellent weight, stubborn, but well behaved. Is crated during the day if I leave the house, but out at night when we're sleeping. WONDERFUL with Tate (my 8 month old baby - the reason I don't get to post much!)
Over the last week or so, Kaya has started counter surfing. She has retrieved & eaten 3 loaves of bread with her newfound hobby.
The first loaf was left on the table, we blamed ourselves for leaving it too low. The second loaf was on the counter (we leave food here frequently) and we blamed the cat for knocking it down and Kaya getting to it...although we had no proof of this.
The third loaf was up on the counter, back in the corner, IN a bowl, well out of her reach. How she even knew it was there, I don't know. All 3 times, this has happened at night while we were sleeping. Needless to say, we are now keeping the bread in the microwave.
I just got home, put Tate down for a nap, let the dogs out, made some lunch and came to check my e-mail, etc. I heard a noise in the kitchen and went to investigate. I had mistakenly left the bread out and Kaya had her front paws up on the counter and was trying to get to it.
This is a dog that has never put her paws up on a person or a counter, etc. before in her life. I'm wondering if she is missing something in her diet that could be leading her to eat bread, or if she's acting out, or what it could be.
We just recently (about 2-3 months ago) switched her to Innova from Canidae. Marley wasn't doing well on the Canidae, so we switched them both for convenience. They both seem to be doing fine on the new food.
What really gets me is that when I walked into the kitchen and caught her, she just stayed with her paws on the counter! I calmly told her "down", which she did, then I said "kennel" and she raced to her kennel.
Anyone have any thoughts or ideas for me? I know the obvious answer would be to not leave any food out on the counter...I guess what I'm really looking for are any thoughts as to why she would have just started this out of the blue and what else I can do to get her to stop.
TIA! (Sorry this is so long!)