Dogs typically jump on dining chairs to be close to the action, whether it is for attention from you or the chance to snag some table scraps. Whatever his reasons, you want to teach your pooch that the kitchen chairs are for people only. Even if you don't mind him getting on other furniture in your home, for hygienic reasons, you probably want to declare the dining chairs off-limits.
Tip #1 - Explain the rules to everyone in your household. The problem with doggies is they are so cute that bad behavior is often ignored, or worse, laughed at. Before you begin the process of training your dog to stay off the dining chairs, make sure everyone that lives in the house knows the puppy is not permitted on the chairs and how to respond if they see him on one.
Tip #2 - Keep the kitchen chairs pushed in. This simple act will prevent the behavior before the bad habit develops.
Tip #3 - Supervise your dog closely during training so that you can correct him with a firm "No" as soon as you catch him in the act. Correcting him after the fact will not be effective.
Tip #4 - Pick your dog up and put him somewhere else whenever he tries to get into the kitchen chair. If he finds the chairs to be a comfy spot to lie down, fix him a soft area to lie in the corner of the kitchen and move him there. If he likes to beg for food while you eat, shut him in his crate or a puppy-safe room before you serve the meal. Also, make sure no one in the house gives him any scraps from the dinner table.
Tip #5 - If you can't watch him at all times, you might try booby trapping the chairs. If your dog is persistent about getting in the chairs after you have shown him other spots he can hang out, you may need to discipline him lightly. Set empty soda cans in the kitchen chairs so when your puppy goes to climb into the chair, he will send the soda cans cascading down. The empty soda cans will not hurt him, but will startle him into staying away from the chair. It may take a few times, but he will quickly learn not to jump or climb into the chairs. If you have a particularly nervous or sensitive puppy, you should avoid using this method of training on your puppy. For the nervous puppy, continue to move and redirect him when he approaches the chair.
By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
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