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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Toilet training in an apartment. We have a balcony and trying to teach her to go outside on pee pads until we can take her downstairs. I know she is little and it is just taking soooo much energy. I am not a young person and finding it difficult. Thank you
Hello! I am going to give you some training information on how to work with her to use a potty pad. Choose Your Spot Pick a space in your house where you want your dog to go. Obviously, you’ll want this spot to be a low-traffic area. Make sure this spot is easily accessible to your dog, and make sure the floor surface is linoleum or tile, as opposed to carpet. If your dog “misses,” it will be easier to clean up. If the only spot you can put the pee pad is a carpet, you might consider getting a small tarp to put underneath the puppy pee pad to guard against spillage. Choose a spot that is outside of your “smell zone.” An important tip to remember is to make sure not to let your dog decide the spot he likes. Not only might he pick an area you won’t like, but he’ll learn that he is in charge – not you – which can cause a host of problems down the line. Monitor Your Dog When you are potty training your dog, full-time monitoring is an absolute necessity. It’s impossible to correct bad behaviors if you don’t see them happen. Dogs have very short memories. It is important to catch your dog in the act. If your dog goes on the floor, and you try to correct him hours after the fact, he will be confused and upset, not knowing what he did wrong. This can hinder training and your relationship with your dog. Puppies, in particular, must be watched constantly. They have less control over their bowels and will go when they have to go. If you miss these moments, you lose precious training opportunities. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to be with your dog 24 hours a day, but try to spend more time at home during the weeks you are potty training – it will pay off in the long run. Learn Your Dog’s Schedule Dogs, for the most part, are predictable. They will go to the bathroom at predictable times. You should be able to learn when your dog has to go based on timing as much as on his signals. Take some time to study your dog’s bathroom habits. You’ll learn the amount of time after he eats or drinks that he has to go, and you’ll get in rhythm with his daily bathroom schedule. This will help you reduce accidents and speed up the potty training process. Studying your dog’s habits can also help you identify his bathroom “triggers” – like having to go after a certain amount of playtime. Once you learn your dog’s schedule, use it to your advantage in potty training. Bring him to the pee pad a few minutes before he normally goes, and encourage him. This will help him get used to going in the right spot, and help you establish repetition in your training. Choose a Command Word Dogs have keen senses – they respond to sight, smell, and sound. When you begin pee pad training, choose a command word and use it every time you take your dog to the pad. Just about any word will work. The tone of your voice is more important than the actual word. Try phrases like “go on” or “go potty” in a slightly elevated, encouraging tone. Make sure to repeat this same command, in the same tone, every time you take your dog to the pee pad. Avoid Punishment When your dog has an accident, it’s just that – an accident. When you punish your dog during potty training, he will become confused and scared. He doesn’t know what he’s done wrong, and can’t understand why the person he loves most is mad at him. Most importantly, it will not help his potty training. Positive Reinforcement Both human and dog behavior is largely based on incentives. Dogs’ incentives are very simple – they want to eat when they are hungry, play when they are excited, and sleep when they are tired. But the most important thing your dog wants in life is to please you. Use this to your advantage. Whenever your dog goes on his potty training pad, shower him with lots of praise. If he sees that he gets praise for doing his business on the pad, he will be incentivized to keep going on the pad – and he’ll be excited to do it! Potty training – whether it’s a pee pad or going outside – will take time, but if you do it right, can take less time. Many dogs are potty trained in less than two weeks. Just remember that you and your dog are partners. Do everything you can to help him learn the proper etiquette, and you will enjoy a long, quality relationship together. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for writing in.
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When I ask Corvet to not cross the kitchen boundary, I also tug up to get the sit position and stay NO. Corvet thinks I am playing and jumps up and playfully bites my right arm.
Hello Mindy, Check out the article I have linked below. I recommend using the Leash method from that article, where the leash is looped going from pup's collar, under your foot, then up to your hand. When you tug, it will be a downward tug. If pup has been trained to lay down when there is a downward tug and sit for an upward tug, then instead of tugging downward to enforce sit, I would also use the Pressure method from the article I have linked below on sitting, to enforce sitting while pup's leash is under your foot to prevent the upward jump when pup tries after being told Sit. Leash method for jumping: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump Sit - Pressure method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit When pup does obey, also remember to reward. Ultimately that will motivate pup to wait outside of the kitchen best in the long run. Initially reward quickly after pup sits, for shorter duration sits, then gradually increase the length of time between when pup sits and stays and you reward until pup will stay seated the whole time you ask him to while you are in the kitchen. Another command you may find useful is to teach pup Place, then put a mat, towel, or dog bed outside the kitchen and have pup go to Place whenever you enter the kitchen. This tends to be a little easier for a dog to stay put on than holding the sit position when they are excited about the food you are making, but having pup sit stay is also a fantastic thing to teach. Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I really want to keep him from counter surfing and to keep him out of the kitchen.
Hello Sofia. To keep him out of the kitchen I would teach him Out - which means leave the area, and Place, then provide a dog bed, mat, or rug that can be his Place outside of the kitchen when you are in there fixing food - teaching him to go to his spot out of the kitchen when he tries to follow you in. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite I would also teach Leave It for the counter surfing and practice that with various food items (that are safe - no splintering bones, grapes, nuts, chocolate, or xylitol for example, just in case pup were to grab the food accidently during practice). Practice until pup can leave plates of food alone, in addition to the treats you start the training with. Be ready to block pup from getting to the food quickly. 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. Whatever you use, make sure it's a safe option for pup though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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