Ethan is really good about staying back when I open the oven door. Sometimes I don't even have to tell him to stay back, he just does. It's a different story when I cook on top of the stove. I think it's because he can't see what I'm doing and he wants to know.
Yesterday I was pan frying and didn't want him to get too close to the stove when I took the splash guard off the pan. He was having trouble staying away so I thought I would make it easier for him to visualize his boundary. Did he stay in the square? No. But it did help him understand what I wanted him to do. Every time he started inching closer to me I moved him back to his box. He even sat inside of it once without me telling him too!
As you can tell by the pic, he was happy after I was done cooking!