The kitchen is probably my favorite room in the house. To me, there is nothing better than rolling up my sleeves, playing jazz, pouring a glass of wine and creating a meal that gets rave reviews from my husband. I cook with love and a bit of artistic freedom, throwing out the cook books. The thing that can ruin this experience for me is having two labs underfoot, waiting for those scraps of food that might fall from the counter.
In order to keep my serenity in the kitchen, we utilize the very important “Go to Place” and “Down/Stay”. I have learned to keep a mat close at hand and place it just outside of my cooking area, close enough that they can see me, but far enough away that I won’t trip. Once we get paws on the mat, we work our downs. Having gone through AnimalSense classes ourselves, we were able to put these all together; however, there was some practice involved in the kitchen area. I started small by making a sandwich and reinforcing their good behavior with tiny treats as I went. If they got up, I simply put them back into place and continued on. We finally got to a level where I can create a full meal while they stay on the mat, or realize there is nothing in it for them and go to sleep in the living room.
With “Go to Place”, peace was restored to my kitchen and I am able to create without the fear of tripping or turning my back and having a vital ingredient go missing.
What other places have you found “Go to Place” helpful?