Your dog may have been around longer than some of your kids. The only difference is, he complains far less and on the whole, makes less mess too. As he’s getting older though, he is becoming increasingly clingy. This was cute to start with, but when you have guests over or you’re trying to cook after a busy day of work, well then you don’t want to be tripping over him. It’s also making him more dependant on you and may risk his separation anxiety getting worse. You don’t want him whining when you are out at work each day.
Training your older dog to stay out of the kitchen is an effective way to give you some peace and quiet. But also, it means he can have his own territory where he won’t be disturbed. Not to mention it will stop him jumping him up on the counters trying to steal your food.
Training a dog to stay out of a kitchen that is full of wonderful and exotic smells is never going to be a walk in the park. It’s even harder if he’s spent many years being able to wander in and out as he pleases. Older dogs are also usually harder to train. Having said that, this type of training is often still effective so don’t be put off. You’ll need to use a number of deterrence measures to keep the kitchen dog-free. You’ll also need to find a way of occupying and distracting him outside the kitchen.
If he’s still an eager-to-please canine you could see results in just a week. If he’s stuck in his ways and stubborn, then be prepared to invest up to three weeks into training. Succeed and you won’t have to worry about his aging and not so resilient bladder giving way on your clean, new kitchen floors.
Before you can get to work, you’ll need to gather a few items. Baby gates, a deterrence collar, and a water spray bottle will be needed for one of the methods. You’ll also need food puzzles and toys. A decent stockpile of treats or his favorite food broken into small chunks will also be required.
Try and find a few minutes each day to dedicate to training. You can use this time to practice obedience commands, so opt for a time where you won’t be too distracted.
Once you’ve ticked all those boxes, you’re ready to get to work!