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Me and my boyfriend were sitting in the living room and we hear some noise in the kitchen (usually Ella counter surfing) and low and behold Ella is on the kitchen counter.... today Ella learned that she has the ability to actually jump ON the kitchen counters....and yes I mean starting at the floor and ending up on top of the counter!!

yes Ella is a small 40lb and much more nimble than your average basset but never did I ever think she could jump up on something that high!

This should be quite the fun challenge for us....I swear she is out to get me sometimes!
 

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Oh dear! I hope Virga doesn't learn this little trick. She can't reach the counters right now because she's too little. But she sure tries. Doppler is a good boy and doesn't counter surf. As sure as I say that he'll figure out how to do it.
 

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Oh my gosh! Look at them!!! I think I actually said out loud, "Oh that's a bad basset!" (hope Annie didn't hear me LOL)
 

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LOL i actually said "oh my gawwwd!" and laughed outloud and am calling my hubby in to see those pics. just tonight bowser had sniffed out a messy bone i took from him (messy boy!) and found it was behind the kitchen sink...he started to paw up there and so i decided to give it back to him in a tactful way to discourage the counter thing. I'm glad i did!!
 

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I'm soooo glad I don't have a counter surfer! How in the world do they manage to get up there?????? :eek:
Crikey... and how do they get down? We were always told by breeders and vets not to let our Bassets jump off anything that's higher than they are or it can damage their legs or their backs so I hope they don't injure themselves! :eek: Ours counter surf but there's no way they'd get up on the top!

I also hope that one day when they climb on the top of the cooker that it hasn't just been on and is still hot! :eek:
 

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OMG, that is priceless! I love it.

Now she just needs to be winking.
 

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Too funny! Just like that!

How often do yours get on the counters?


SophieB - When Ella jumps up there and I walk into the kitchen she just jumps right down like it's second nature to her, if she doesn't jump down right away I pick her up and put her down...i hope she never gets hurt by this!
 

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In those pictures, there was a crate next to the dishwasher. Melody and Rosie climbed the crate first, and went from there to the stove. Mouse, on the other hand, used to open the oven door and use it as a step-stool to get on top of the stove. I tried stopping her by using a bungee cord to hold the door closed, until I entered the kitchen to find her holding the door open with her paws while gnawing on the cord. I had to get a child-proof lock for the oven to put a stop to it, because she did once turn the stove on while she was up there.
In all cases the dogs were lifted off the counter/stove.
 

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This cracks me up!! Princess Buttercup went counter surfing only once, PB&J was just too hard to resist. Her back feet however were still on the ground at least!! She also tried to get a bag of treats off my glass kitchen table once too but she was unsuccessful. She had two front paws on the table & one back paw on a chair & was trying to get her other back paw on another chair when she was caught in the act!! She totally would have wishboned herself in the splits! She also climbed out of her ex pen at the school once too. From the muddy paw prints my best guess is that she climbed up on a large plastic tub we used as a cozy cave for her, then hopped up on the treatment table & slid down the big bolster pillow all to get closer to the wrestling hospitality breakfast that was set up right in front of the windows! I found her asleep behind the door where i bet she sniffed herself right into some sweet dreams!! Thank goodness she's definitely more of a climber & not a jumper.
 

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I don't know what I'd do if I walked in and saw that. I guess I'd laugh my bum off and take a pic...then send it to everyone I know. Hysterical, but I hope to never see mine do that!
 

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Oh my, so glad my 2 haven't figured that out.

~Heather
 

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She had two front paws on the table & one back paw on a chair & was trying to get her other back paw on another chair when she was caught in the act!! She totally would have wishboned herself in the splits!
Rainbow:



She also climbed out of her ex pen at the school once too.
Minnie did not need a step, she literally climbed the pen.



And then there's the ultimate "counter surfing" picture - Rainbow:

 

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The closest ours have gotten to counter surfing is Layla helping herself to a freshly made peanut butter cookie off the butcher block. I blame myself for that because I gave her the first taste of them and she just couldn't resist. On the up side I've found the one food that seems to motivate her to do just about anything. Thank god they haven't learned how to get all the way up there or nothing would be safe.
 

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mariah routinely jumps up on table height 30" items but has never attempted counter height 36" FWIW dog or any animal can jump up on a higher solid surface than they can actual clear jump a bar. That is because they can use the front end to help pull themselves up that you can't do with a bar. mariah can clear a 22" bar without much effort but it is not somthing we encourage. Actual there is not much stress involve in jumping up on something all the concusion forces occur when jumping down.
 

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mariah routinely jumps up on table height 30" items but has never attempted counter height 36" FWIW dog or any animal can jump up on a higher solid surface than they can actual clear jump a bar. That is because they can use the front end to help pull themselves up that you can't do with a bar. mariah can clear a 22" bar without much effort but it is not somthing we encourage. Actual there is not much stress involve in jumping up on something all the concusion forces occur when jumping down.
Mikey, would you agree with my vet and breeder friends that this is the same with stairs? It's fine going up, but all the weight is forcrd onto those little front legs when going down.

We have never let our Bassets go up and down stairs and keep a 'gate' at the bottom.
 
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