A while ago I had new lino put down in my kitchen and the dog's room. Problem was, there was no longer an obvious difference between the 2 rooms (in the dogs' eyes anyway) and bit by bit they (especially Abe) started making the kitchen part of their domain. They know 'out' and I was saying it more and more often. I cast my mind back to a dobe I had when I lived in an open-plan house where there wasn't a kitchen door as such. I would say to her 'get out of the kitchen' and she would look at the ground, and step off the lino and onto the carpet. Out of the kitchen. Of course Sal understands english so she was no problem, but Abe....well, I needed something else. With my dopey dobe in mind I came up with this solution....
...and it worked! Only had to leave the tape on the floor for a couple of days and he's back to respecting my kitchen boundary.
Anyone else find their dogs look to the floor for guidance when it comes to being in or out of a room?