Many dog owners do not like their dogs in the kitchen, especially while they are cooking. However, it is often difficult to keep your dog out of the kitchen only when you are cooking. So some owners choose to keep their dogs out of the kitchen altogether. When you are preparing, the last thing you want is dog fur in your food. When you have guests over, no one wants to apologize for the amount of dog fur in their food or in the air around your kitchen while you are cooking. Training your dog to stay out of the kitchen is one of very few ways to ensure your kitchen is free of dog fur, a counter surfing dog, and paws under your feet while you are trying to walk around with hot and dangerous pans. There are plenty of places in your home for your dog to be. If you think the kitchen is not one of them, you can train your dog to stay completely out of the kitchen.
Teaching your dog to stay out of the kitchen will require some repetition and simple rules of boundaries. Your dog's entire life will be built around setting boundaries. Setting the boundary outside your kitchen doorway is very similar to setting boundaries you use while you are leash walking or while you are playing. It’s also similar to whether not you let your dog on the furniture. Teaching boundary rules to your dog requires patience and time. Try not to teach this rule to your dog the day you are having a dinner party. Teach your dog to stay out of your kitchen as soon as you move into a new home with your dog or as soon as you get a new dog, so he understands the rules from the start. Training your dog to stay out of the kitchen will require simple training methods while you are in the kitchen and your dog stands just outside the kitchen.
To get started, be sure to have some tasty treats readily available to reward your dog for good behavior. At least one method includes using tape on the floor to mark the boundary for your dog to respect and obey. Keep your sessions short and simple. Try not to train your dog to stay out of the kitchen during stressful times such as preparing a holiday dinner or a meal for a dinner party.
He stays out of kitchen when we’re in there but the minute we leave or take a shower he’s in there jumping in counters to find food left out
Hello Ann, I suggest booby trapping the counters so that when he jumps or grabs onto food something surprises him. Check out the article linked below. https://www.itsadogsworld.biz/stop-your-dog-from-counter-surfing/ There are numerous ways to booby trap a counter, from a scat mat, e-collar, tying a string to a bag of food and attaching it to something that makes a loud noise when the bag is grabbed - like metal pot lids, sheet pans, or bean filled cans. Whichever method you choose, make sure it's set up in a way that the dog won't actually be injured. For example, tie an extra string through pot lids and tie that to something secure on the counter like a knob so that the pans won't fall all the way to the floor and hit your dog. You should be hiding in another room listening for the booby trap or watching via a camera. As soon as pup gets surprised go back in to pick up any food left out so pup won't return to the scene of the crime and eat the food once they are over the initial scare - eating the food after the fact might convince pup it was worth the surprise and make the training ineffective. You also need to prevent access to the kitchen when you don't have booby traps set up while pup is still learning and might jump up...Each time pup jumps up there needs to be a consequence until pup stops jumping, so that the training is consistent (he doesn't jump up and get food or get to sniff some of the times and jumps up and gets a consequence at other times). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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