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Is your dog allowed in your dining area during YOUR meals?

Finley is doing awesome on the potty training front, and we are slowly increasing the amount of area he has access to in the house. Soon this area will include the kitchen/dining room. I'm wondering what to do with him while we eat our meals. My husband is not thrilled with the idea of a dog sitting on the floor by our feet, waiting for the next morsel to drop so that he can act as a doggie vacuum cleaner.

Do you crate/ex-pen your dog while you eat your meals? Did there ever come a point where the dog was allowed in your eating area while you ate? Does the dog still try to eat whatever you drop, or did that stop being an issue?
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Danny just lays on the floor he doesn't really beg or anything. He will eat crumbs that fall on the floor he got that from grandkids being around. We try to remember to send him to the living room to lay down till the meal is done when the kids come over.

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Shama doesn't beg as she doesn't get human food from the table. She doesn't really pay attention to me when I'm eating. DH frequently puts his hand down to let her lick his fingers when he's done eating. As a result, she tends to sit near him while he eats, but she's not obnoxious. If we were having small children over for a meal with food dropping to the floor, Shama would be in her ex pen. In one of their books, the monks of New Skete show their German Shepherds all lying down at a short distance from the table while the monks are eating. They're well trained dogs.
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Maybe it depends on your tolerances, too. My Hav is enormously food motivated so he “gazes” at me while I’m eating. It does have a hopeful feeling about it, but he just lays until he’s bored. When we have dinner as a family, most of the time he will sniff around the kitchen to see if he can find something and then flop himself down near us. Usually we feed him at the same time and sometimes he will take a minute to check out the competition but then he’ll go eat his own food.

However, my husband does BBQ and smoke meat frequently, and sometimes it’s too much for our dog to handle. He’ll lay by the patio door throughout the day because he can smell what’s cooking, and follow my husband when he’s in and out. At dinner, after a long day of anticipation, he’ll sit near the table and try to show everyone “sit,” and “lay,” over and over. If he whimpers, which he does on rare occasions when BBQ is involved but ALWAYS when we have ribs, we ignore him and move him to the sofa in the next room and he stops. The times he has managed to get into the trash can or climb up on the table have all involved ribs so we are extra careful and take everything to the outside trash right after dinner. My husband has a few lean pieces of unseasoned meat but he gets them after dinner when he’s being really good.
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I had part of my lunch on an end table a couple of weeks ago and he didn’t try to touch it, he just laid ridiculously close to it. After a minute of gazing he closed his eyes, maybe so he could dream about eating it!
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It totally depends on what YOU decide you want. Our dogs are loose while we eat, but they don't get fed from the table. But there is no magic to that, just what we decided we want to do. If you want to crate yours at meal time, that's fine too!


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Willow is allowed to roam. I'm sorry to say my hubby has taught her to beg as he'll give her a little piece of vegie from his plate. I finally gave up trying to train him!



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Willow is allowed to roam. I'm sorry to say my hubby has taught her to beg as he'll give her a little piece of vegie from his plate. I finally gave up trying to train him!
Our guys all get left over veggies, but they know they don't get them until after we finish eating. then they get them in their own dishes.


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No problem for us...Cassie eats at the dining table! Just kidding, although she would probably like to. Someone left their chair pushed out and she hopped up to see if her dinner was ready yet. She hasn’t done this for a long time, but everyone tries to remember to push their chairs back in so she doesn’t have the opportunity. As an almost 4 year old girl, she has better manners these days, although she is a dog at heart. She has always been allowed in dining room when we eat, but isn’t fed from table..everyone knows that is a no-no. Grandkids dropping crumbs is a different matter and she knows to be alert for opportunities when that happens. As they age (grandkids I mean) it happens less frequently...
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Willow is allowed to roam. I'm sorry to say my hubby has taught her to beg as he'll give her a little piece of vegie from his plate. I finally gave up trying to train him!
Havapopis, what are you going to do with them? Can't live with them, can't live without them! Momi has discovered that if you don't feed HavaPopi, behavioral training happens very quickly!

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