You love your dog, but, for a multitude of reasons, you really don’t want them on your furniture. It could be that they drool, they shed, they chew on the cushions, or they just take up a lot of room.
Regardless of the reason, it seems that every time you turn your back, your dog is sitting where they shouldn’t be. It’s time to stop this unwanted behavior for good. Check out these handy tips for keeping your dog far from your furniture.
1. Gate Your Dog
A doggy gate will prevent your pup from getting into the living room or entertainment room where the couch is. If they’re not in the room, they can’t get to the couch. It’s as simple as that. You don’t have to use these gates when you’re at home unless you really want to.
2. Verbally Teach Them
Next time you see your dog going for the couch, don’t just shoo them away. Instead, in your firmest voice, tell them “no!” It may take a few times of you doing this, but sooner than later, your dog is going to learn that sitting on the couch is bad.
3. Get the Whole Family Involved
If you’re the only one who punishes your dog for this behavior, it might not stick. The whole family must agree to verbally reprimand the pooch. That way, their couch-sitting should stop.
4. Give Them Somewhere Else to Go
Have you ever sat and thought about why your dog likes the couch so much? Is it because it’s where the people are? Is it an issue of comfort? If so, it may be time to invest in a doggy bed. If your dog likes the couch because of its location, put your dog bed in the living room where the whole family hangs out. This way, your dog feels included.
5. Use Positive Reinforcement
Has your dog stayed away from the couch for a while? Hooray. Make sure to reward them with treats, head pats, belly rubs, and positive verbal affirmation.