Thanks. I just talked to a friend, and he said he has his dog "stay" at a particular area when they eat also. He said he accomplished this at about 6 months old. I will have to try that later. Our big problem is, we tend to eat in the living room :?AshleysMom\";p=\"128652 said:Jax is way young to be expecting much besides distracting him at his age, but as Ashley aged, we had a strict LAW ( it it my command..as I will not have her at the table while eating! ).She is trained to go to "CARPET" when we sit down. Our kitchen table is on tile, and these darm smart dogs of ours know the difference between textures! She will actually go lay on te edge of the carpet, and just watch..never even puts a paw on the tile.
NOT that hard to train...every time we sat down, she was taken to this spot, asked for "sit, down, and STAY" then was given constant praise at first while we ate if she did not get up. I am guessing it took all of 4 meals before she knew what this meant ( just something she knws is not part of the boxer family scene..and she doesn't seem to mind! ).
I have to laugh when we have company over and sit down to eat, and they are holding their plates like they know a dog will soon be begging in their laps, and I give her the "carpet" command"..and off she goes, and we have a peacefull meal. The poor thing even layed on her spot 2 nights ago and watched the brother-in-laws bratty excuse for a Malteese run under the table while we ate, and she never got up...I was SOOOOOO proud of her!
Good luck with Jax..it takes time and patience, but these dogs CAN be trained to stay away from the table while you eat!!