Hi, I would like to eventually train my dog to stay out of the kitchen preparation area when I am cooking (We have an open plan kitchen/diner) as she likes to be very close and sit on or around my feet and I’m worried that one day I’ll trip over her and spill some boiling water on her or something. However I don’t mind so much if I’m just in there making a cup of tea etc. and obviously don’t mind her wandering in on her own. Is there a way I could indicate that “at this moment in time you’re not allowed in”. I was wondering about putting down a small mat and using that as an indication of a threshold she now can’t cross. But then I’m thinking that she may well just pick up the mat and run off with it and chew it. She is just a puppy, and obviously this will take time and a lot of patience to train, but in some ways I want to think about it now and maybe make a start because they can still start to learn things even at this age, with a lot of repetition and get into good habits. The difficulty is the inconsistency of what I’m asking of her. The “sometimes you’re allowed in kitchen and sometimes you’re not” which is why I was wondering about a physical indication (eg a mat) but then I can’t see this working either because she will pick it up. Maybe there isn’t a solution. It’s just something I’m thinking ahead about. Maybe she might just learn that when I say “out of the kitchen” she has to stay out, but that is harder for her, I think, than having a physical signal she can see that will tell her “now I’m not allowed in the kitchen”. But I can’t think of a physical symbol. Any ideas of how to achieve this? Or Perhaps I should abandon the idea of training this?