No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
When Keef was a pup he had pretty bad manners around food. If I was cooking I'd just put him away in his crate, while working on "off" at other times. Once he was a little older I started leaving him out when I was in the kitchen and if he put his paws on the counter I told him "off" and bumped him off with a hip check. He learned not to do it after a little while.
Halo was really bad about stealing food off the counter too and the only way to deal with it was to never leave anything out that she could get to, and never leave her unsupervised when she was young. She eventually learned too, but remained an opportunist for the rest of her life. She would never do anything blatantly right in front of us, but we made sure not to leave food on the counter if we even had to walk out of the room for a moment. I have an infamous photo of her with one of my kitchen knives in her mouth - I had put the food away but left out the knife, which she helped herself to, lol. She also liked to chew potholders and placemats. She never outgrew that.
Rather than keeping her in the x-pen and having her go nuts while you make her meals, I might try a different approach. Since she'll already sit and wait for you to put the bowl down, why not try training that during meal prep time too? I've never shut mine away while I make their food, I expect them to behave and exhibit some impulse control and if they don't, things do not progress until they do!
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short