Poppy is 2 and a half and is completely deaf. She has always counter surfed, since her nose could reach the counter, so i have ALWAYS tried to keep things out of her reach in the kitchen. I am not perfect but she is. However, she has now also started to leap up, ( from a seemingly laid back position) and steals food out of unsuspecting peoples hands (even if they are standing up) as they try to put it to their mouth. If I have a sandwich on a plate even if I am standing, I have to hold the plate nearly to my mouth to stop her intervening. Yesterday she grabbed about an ounce of butter off a plate as I was carrying it to the kitchen. She will tear up anything she thinks might have food in it to check - usually bags or cardboard packaging but now also pockets of coats and jackets that have had treats in if they are lying around. She has been to the veterinarian 3 times for eating half a kilo of uncooked rice, a massive chocolate brownie and the tablets she was on (ate through the bottle). The kitchen earned a baby gate after she stole and ate 2 small loaves of bread in 3 days. The cloakroom also has a baby gate. If she misbehaves in my presence, I pull a face and wag my finger NO - and she looks away, wagging her tail cheerfully. She understands, no question. I am actually now very worried that she may eat something dangerous without me knowing. She is a darling in all other ways and i love her to bits. We use sign language - we have a sign for drop, for instance which works well with non food items. She hasn't got an aggressive bone in her body - even when I remove food from her mouth. I adore her, but I really need some advice. I have read the article and video on stealing food by Pippa Mattinson, but it is obviously for hearing dogs. Do you have any advice or experience - I know some labradors a food-mad, but..... Thank you - sorry this is so long.