An old friend of mine used to complain about our dog looking a her while she ate. The dog didn't whine, bed, or paw at her. She didn't snif at her plate or try to take her food. She just sat nearby and looked. We don't mind the dog being in the kitchen when we eat. If she bugs us we just say Out! and point to the door. After 1 or 2 reminders she settles down. It works for us. I'm not going to train my dog to behave a certain way, and reinforce it every single day all day long, because this friend comes over, what, twice a year? Actually she doesn't come over at all anymore because I don't invite her. She's a real crab apple. She complained about the dog sniffing her shoe. WTF. You know what's rude? Complaining about things that aren't a big deal.