You may have certain rooms in your house you do not want your dog to visit. Whether it is a guest room you would like to keep free of pet hair, a room with fragile knickknacks, or even a room where the cat uses his litter box, it does not matter the reason; it is important to you if you want your dog to stay away from it. This becomes beneficial when you have company over and you want to keep your dog out of a certain area temporarily. This also works, of course, when you do not want your dog in a room at all. Many people don't allow their dogs in the kitchen because they do not want animal fur on their counters or in their food or even in the air around cooking supplies.
You can teach your dog to stay out of a certain room with simple and consistent training. Boundary training is what you will be teaching when you let your dog know he is allowed to go to certain places and not to others. Once you have your dog trained to stay in certain areas, or out of other areas, you can teach boundary training outdoors as well. Be patient with training as your dog gets used to where he can be and where he cannot be. Giving your dog boundaries will actually strengthen your relationship with your dog. He wants to see you as the leader of his pack so he will look for boundaries from you, but be prepared because he will also push boundaries every now and then.
To teach your dog to stay out of a certain room in your home, you are going to want to be sure to have a way to block off the room during training and a way to watch your dog while you are teaching him not to go into that room. Be sure once you pick a room your dog is not allowed to enter, that you keep it off-limits when you are not supervising so he is not set up to fail. Have tasty treats on hand to reward your dog for good behavior and a key phrase like ‘ah ah’ or ‘uh oh’ to use when your dog pushes those boundaries and enters the room he is not supposed to enter.
Milo is extremely smart, iv taught him over 15 tricks. I know he is a dog but he keeps eating things off the counter. Today he ate half a cake. It’s dangerous and annoying. People always say just keep things off the counter but I want to be able to have things on the counter and walk away for a bit. It’s my kitchen and that’s what kitchens are for. I want to teach him to never go in the kitchen again after being able to for a while, what are the steps for this?
Hello Thaleia, First, work on the Leave It command from the article linked below for surfing that happens when you are present. Leave It method- the first part of that method that involves food. Gradually work up to pup leaving harder foods alone - like kibble - treats - chicken - hotdogs - until pup can leave food on the floor alone when told that command while you are there to enforce it and prevent pup from grabbing it. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite For surfing that is happening while you are out of the room, I recommend creating an aversion to jumping on the counter itself. There are a few ways to do this. You can place something like a scat mat on the counter and put a food temptation further back on the counter just out of reach - when pup jumps up the mat gives a static shock - nothing harsh but its uncomfortable and surprising. You can also set up Snap Traps covered lightly with unfolded napkins. When pup touches them on the edge of the counter, they will jump up and make a snapping sound - startling pup. These are designed for this type of purpose so won't actually close on pup like real mouse traps would - don't use real mouse traps because of the risk of injury. You can also stack metal pot lids and pans precariously on the counter. Tie a strong string like twine through all of them and back tie the whole contraption to something secure so that when they fall they can't fall all the way off the counter, then tie another string to the lip or pan that's supporting the precarious set up and tie the other end of that string to a safe food booby trap, like a whole bagel sitting on the counter. The idea is that when pup jumps up and grabs the food, they will pull the objects over and create a loud crashing noise that will surprise them. Because of the back tie string the objects should not fall on pup though. With all of these setups, you will need to set up a camera to spy on pup from the other room and be ready to run in and remove any food left on the counter or floor, so that pup doesn't return to the scene of the crime once things are calm and eat the food anyway - otherwise they may decide that its still worth it to jump up. You will need to practice this setup often with pup in different parts of the counter and with different foods. Don't use any food that could harm pup if they were to eat it - like chicken bones, grapes, chocolate, xylitol, nuts, garlic, or onion. When not practicing the trap, keep counters clean and pup confined away from the area or tethered to you with a hands free leash until pup has thoroughly learned the lesson - jumping up and not being surprised and potentially grabbing food, will negate your training efforts - you want pup to think that the counter is always suspicious now so they give up on jumping up. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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