Most of the time yeah. Unless it's something like a burger with a lot of fat/grease left on the plate or something. But generally, we'll let them clean them. There's only two of us and three of them so they all have to take turns. They wait outside the kitchen while we're cooking/eating, unless one of us calls one of them in to give them something. (Generally me, because I am a very picky eater. The dogs love this ) Never bothered either one of us lol. They don't counter surf (anymore lol) and I can leave stuff down on the coffee table without it being touched as well. And they don't beg during cooking/eating time either. Well, they do, but they do it from their beds in the living room. That's the only place they get fed while cooking is going on, so they know when we get the stuff out that means food is being prepped, they all go to their individual beds.