i'm new to the forum, however we got a new dog around 8 months ago (just over 1-year-old gordon setter) that we are wanting to house train. He has primarily been inside on a leash only at night due to Dad being quite ill, however as Dad has unforunately passed, we have been letting him in without a leash the past two weeks.
He is very reluctant to settle down inside, particularly at night, and has learnt some bad behaviours over the past few months of our own doing, because training just hasn't been the top priority. The only main issue inside is his constant need to be on top of the kitchen benches. The problem is that he is very persistent, so it is constantly getting up and down most of the night to get him out of the kitchen. Any chance he gets, he'll be in there. The benches are cleaned and free of food, so there's nothing he can see or get, but obviously the smell is there for him. the kitchen is open-plan into the dining room so there's no door, however we have tried a gate which he easily jumps. If the kitchen wasn't there, he'd be fine. So far, I have been rewarding him when he stays out of the kitchen, sits down outside of the kitchen, etc. Any positive behaviour that he does while we're in the kitchen and he is not. I have also been herding him out of the kitchen every time he goes in, which is generally a constant occurrence every time he is inside. Does anyone have any other tips that I could use to help keep him out of the kitchen?
Harry also barks constantly at anything and everything only at night if he is outside, so that is the main reason he has to be brought in at night. I've not been able to find anything in particular causing the barking, however I am not sure how to stop that other than by bringing him inside, which I think is promoting the barking as well. Any tips for solving this?
As for his routine, he is walked twice a day, fed twice a day, and sleeps in my bedroom so he is confined at night. He's definitely a lot more active at night, however he probably needs a lot more exercise and stimulation during the day, so we are getting him back into night time training classes, and hopefully some agility training later down the track. We have another dog, Meka (staffy) who is very good inside and well behaved.