What does your dog do while you are eating? We had developed a pretty good routine of Penny lying on a pillow near the table while we ate until we released her afterward. However she is not respecting the down stay command here anymore now that our toddler has become a messy eater with lots of food ending up on the floor, which is irresistible. We could deal with her just cleaning up the floor, but she has learned that she can jump up and steal food right off the child's plate when we are not looking. She knows better if we are right there. Between treats for staying on her pillow and a squirt bottle for when she jumps up on the table or counter she knows exactly what she is supposed to do and not do. And she knows exactly what she can get away with if I walk away from the table to get something from the kitchen. Does anyone have any good routines for mealtimes? We might be able to gate her off from the dining room, although it is a fairly open floor plan and she would likely be destructive in another room if stuck in there.