Brody’s been a monster when it comes to counter surfing. At first it was annoying, then it became really annoying, but now it’s gotten to Category 5.
I actually had just consulted my trainer on Wednesday to see what she would suggest to stop this behavior. Obviously not leaving food on the counter would be the most easy solution, but I don’t want to feel like I can’t put a sandwich down, run to answer the door, and have it disappear.
The final straw came this morning, when he got into a bunch of grapes that someone– not me- left on the counter instead of secure in the refrigerator, where Dr V House Law clearly states they are to be stored. Brody didn’t enjoy the subsequent induction of vomiting any more than I did. It’s time for drastic measures.
Enter the scat mat:
8,000 jolts right through the feet, baby. OK, maybe not that much- it only has one 9V battery after all- but it was time to teach the Brodester that actions have consequences.
I put the mat on the counter. Brody watched with interest. I put my hand on it, and immediately jumped and cursed a tiny bit (the kids were at school.) This, I thought, should be great.
Just to sweeten the pot, I scattered some rotisserie chicken on the mat, and sat down in the other room to wait. Brody was sniffing at the counter, debating what to do. He smelled a rat.
I moved further away, hoping that if I were out of sight he would be more inclined to be naughty. Nothing. I went back to the kitchen and touched the mat once again to see if it worked, and cursed again. Yes, still on. The chicken hadn’t moved.
An hour later, I heard the loud beeping indicating a shock and went running into the kitchen to see the aftermath. Apollo was sitting on the ground, balefully licking his paw and glaring at me. Brody was sleeping.
My son, upon hearing me say, “Don’t touch that!” immediately plopped his hand on the mat and he, too, was shocked. Then my husband decided to try it out, jumping 3 feet in the air in the process.
It is now 9 pm. To summarize:
Me: 3 shocks
He’s not as dumb as he looks.