Training a dog to stay out the kitchen

Training a dog to stay out the kitchen

Training a dog to stay out the kitchen

The only reason most dogs go into the kitchen is to get themselves something to chew on.

Your dog steals the food he finds in your kitchen?

Slice of ham, chicken leg … We can understand, not easy to resist especially when we do not know if we can touch it or not.

My dog steals food from the kitchen.

In most cases, the rules are not necessarily well assimilated so for him nothing prevents him from touching them.

It’s up to you to teach him and we’ll see how.


• Set up a schedule, serve her meals at set times. He will get used to it and will be less anxious about food. Dogs have a very good sense of time and this routine will reassure him.

• Clean up well after you, if you leave a trail of leftovers in the kitchen, it can become very tempting for your dog and if you do not catch him in the act, not seen, not punished so he will understand that he can go into the kitchen when you are not are not there.

• Teach him the command “not touch”. With this command, he will understand that he has no right to touch what you tell him. Over time, he will understand naturally and will not even try to steal from your kitchen.

• Everyone in his place during meals, humans are at tables on their chairs, the dog on his carpet or basket in or out of the common room.

• Give him his food in his bowl, you can also give him your leftovers after your meal or use them as treats for your education sessions.

• Think of giving him a food adapted to these needs, a rich food (Barf or Super Premium New Generation) will fill all these needs and they will not feel obliged to fly to fill them himself.

• Be a close-knit team, it is important that every member of the family stick to the established rules to help your dog cope with a clear and precise situation. If some yes while others say no, your dog will be a little confused and will not be able to trust.


• Give him pieces while you eat, he will get used to having small rewards when he stays around you and will not stop begging and if you do not give he would walk right into the kitchen to take it.

• To scold him after the facts.

• If you do not catch him, do not scold him, he will not necessarily make the link with the fact that he ate the slice of ham but rather what he does at the very moment you scold him.

• Letting it eat on your plate is not very hygienic and it will take bad habits. Teaching him to only eat from his plate will dissuade him from going into the kitchen and eat out of your leftovers


The command “not touch”.

Take a piece of food and place it on your table not too far from the edge (your dog must be able to grab it).

Stay close, as soon as it approaches say “no touch” and places your hand on the food to cover it to prevent it from eating.

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As soon as he steps back, congratulate him and give him another treat.

Continue this exercise several times and repeat it several times during the day.

Avoid doing too long sessions (more than 10 minutes) because your dog’s attention will dissipate and the frustration will win both parties (you and your dog).

Always end your sessions on a success.

If he cannot answer the “no touch” command, ask him to sit down if he knows this command and always finishes on a success.

You can help on a leash if needed, it will allow you to have more control over the situation.

And if your dog catches food, do not hesitate to ‘punish’ him. By punishing, I hear a firm “No” and exclude it from the room for a few minutes or you leave and ignore it for a few moments. Then we resume everything.

Once assimilated, continue the exercise by taking the distance until you can leave the room and return without the food disappeared. It will probably take time but you will get it.

To stay on your carpet or in your basket during your meal.

At first, teach him the command “Basket” at any time of the day.

If he goes to his basket without you asking him, congratulate him by pronouncing the word “basket” followed by “Good dog”, a treat …

Then, encourage him to go to his basket by showing him where you want him to go and by pronouncing the word “basket”. You can guide him with a treat in your closed hand that he will gladly follow.

As soon as he is there, congratulate him with a “bravo”, “good dog” and a little treat.

Once he begins to understand what the word means, take your distance (a few steps at the beginning) and say “Basket” preceded by his name. For example, “Viky, Shopping Cart”. Saying his name tells him that you are talking to him and/or drawing his attention.

Once this order is acquired, put it in place as soon as you go to the table.

At first, he will tend to get up and come see what you are doing or if there is a piece for him but be firm and say “No” then “Basket” and if necessary you can help him by doing a barrier with your body (facing it) and while advancing towards your basket.

Over time, your rewards will decrease, your dog will understand what you expect from him and will run with pleasure.

This does not prevent you from rewarding him from time to time, it will strengthen his good work.

To stay away from the kitchen

Let your dog stay outside the kitchen while you are inside the kitchen. If he approaches say No or stays back and if he listens reward him but if he doesn’t punish him by ignoring him for a while.

Continue this for some time until he has gotten it.

This exercise coupled with the others would prevent it from going into your kitchen without your permission.

IMPORTANT: For every exercise, it takes time for patience and a lot of rigor. If you do these exercises only occasionally your dog will not be able to assimilate them properly and your efforts will not help much.

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