Draw the Line – How to Keep Your Dog out of the Kitchen

How to Keep Your Dog out of the Kitchen

When it comes to our furry friends, we want to do (almost) everything with them. They’re our best friend and they get us through the toughest of times. But, there is a certain place we don’t like the dogs, and I’m sure you’ve guessed it. The kitchen. This wouldn’t be so bad, if it wasn’t for their favorite place to lay being wrapped around your feet.

Picture this: You’re standing at the stove preparing the feast of a lifetime. You’re so into the art you’re creating on the stove top that you don’t even notice your furry friend aka “Giant German Shepherd pup Cleo who thinks she’s the size of Bella the Yorkie” has found her home right behind your feet. The gravy you made from scratch is starting to smell amazing, so you decide you can’t wait any longer and want to take that little taste off the spoon. Everything is going smooth, you’ve just tasted the gravy and it’s ready to come off the heat. Grabbing it in both hands, you turn to take a step backward and BAM. It’s over. Your pot of full, delicious, perfect gravy goes flying, covering the floor, cabinets, everything in sight.

Keeping my dog out of the kitchen

That’s when you get this look and you know you can’t be mad at them, you just need to teach them better.
That’s why I decided to put together this blog for you. Keeping my dog out of the kitchen is personally an issue, and I have even had a moment just like above except luckily, I tripped over my friend with nothing in my hands.
There’s no need to worry, this common problem can be fixed very easily.

After doing some research, I came across a popular trainer online named Doggy Dan. Doggy Dan has thousands of subscribers on YouTube and creates hundreds of helpful doggy videos. In his videos is where I found, “How to keep the dog out of the kitchen”. Short and sweet, straight to the point! What made me even happier was noticing the video was only four minutes long! I got right to it, and to my surprise within the first minute of the video I learned a very simple trick.

With white tape Doggy Dan made a line on the floor where the dog wasn’t allowed to pass into the kitchen. Right away Mr. Dog knew something was going on, and he was very cautious about crossing that white line. At this point, Doggy Dan had to convince the dog to try and come in, but every time his paw touched the white tape, Dan would say firmly but nicely, “Out the kitchen.”

The first couple times he was rewarded with treats, but as he tries to get in the kitchen more, Dan began to use praise as well just so the pup knows they don’t get treats every single time. If your pup is more persistent with trying to get in the kitchen, isolate them for a couple minutes so they know they should be happy with where they’re allowed. A good point Dan makes at the end of the video is that the key to having your dog listen to you is giving calm and consistence consequences of action.

This seems like a very smart and easy way to get your dog out of the kitchen and I can’t wait to personally try this myself.

Doggy Dan is a dog training professional and I'm so glad that I've relied on him for help. If you have a dog with similar issues or know someone who does, share this article with them. And check out our favorite dog trainer – Doggy Dan. You’ll be amazed how quickly you will see positive changes in your dog’s behavior.

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