Roman has NEVER in his life stolen our stuff off the counter, despite the fact that he is a big dog (27") and could totally reach up there. But nary a steak has gone missing. He never steals anything of ours (even when he was a pup, I can only remember him stealing/wrecking one or two small items). HOWEVER. Sometimes I have to take one of his toys away and I put it on a counter or table or something. Usually, after an hour or two he will very discreetly (but in plain view if need be), calmly walk up and retrieve it. Like "excuse me, but with all due respect, this actually belongs to me." It's so cute.