The water bottle never worked for Mags- she thought it was some kind of game and never was "afraid" of it. When she does something bad - what I have found actually works for her (kinda by accident) is if I gasp really loudly like its hurting me or im shocked and i gasp and say "Magnum - what did you do?" or "Magnum - that isn't nice!" ---- I also taught her when she's play biting to do that kisses thing and that works. As far as the counters go - can with pennies inside with a string on it - hang the string off the side of the counter and when he knocks it down it should scare the crap out of him and keep him from trying to get up there eventually.