Keeping your dog off the furniture

Keeping your dog off the furniture

Recently a friend lamented that her methods of keeping her dog off her office chaise lounge just aren’t working.  Even fake mouse traps that make a “snapping” noise haven’t phased him one bit.  As soon as her back is turned, there he is!  So how can you keep your dog off the furniture? Here are some tips.

  1. Make sure the dog has something comfortable to lie on.  Whether it’s a big throw pillow, a chair he can call his own, or a nice plush dog bed, the dog needs something comfortable and warm to curl up on/in.  This is partly why he likes sleeping on your couch or in your favorite chair. It’s comfortable!
  2. Use rewards to train your dog.  Perhaps after sitting when asked or laying down, the dog can get on the sofa.
  3. Make sure the dog knows being on his dog bed is something that gets rewarded too.  When the dog gets on his bed (instead of on your couch) offer him a small treat.  Maybe not every time, but enough so that he remembers he gets treats for sitting there.
  4. Make your furniture uncomfortable when you’re gone.  By placing tape, upside down floor mats, or even aluminum foil on furniture you can make it less desirable for your pets and keep them off the furniture even when you’re not home.

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