your dog off furniture – some solutions.
some owners this is not a problem, they
simply don’t mind. For other dog
owners this can be a major problem,
for some - no dog on any furniture is
the house rule, and there are those
in between who don’t mind their
pet on certain furniture.
If you are in the first group then no
suggestions are necessary, it’s
your furniture and your choice.
If however you want to impose some restrictions
then here are a few suggestions:-
1. Start as early as possible, establish
what is out of bounds and do not allow
your dog on that furniture ever.
2. Make sure everyone in your family
is aware of these restrictions and be
3. Avoid “sometimes” rules,
e.g. your dog is allowed normally but
not when he is wet or has muddy paws.
4. Until your dog is trained, try to
restrict him from rooms when you can’t
be there, close doors or use gates.
You may also want to use these at night
to stop him roaming around the house.
5. Use a command your dog will readily
understand to train him. Keep it succinct
and easily recognisable. “Off”
is a good one especially if you already
use “down” to get him to
sit or lie down.
6. If your dog is on the furniture try
to move him off with as little fuss
as possible, try luring him off with
a reward while using the command “off”
this reinforces his understanding that
he is doing something good and is being
rewarded for being on the floor as a
7. Give your dog an alternative that
is comfortable to sit or lie on. You
have probably provided him with a comfortable
bed but you may not want to keep moving
that, so provide a mat or rug you can
move easily and encourage him use this
with a reward every time he does. He
will soon get to know that is where
he should lie.
Whatever decision you have made and
whichever rules you are going to apply
the most important thing is you must
be consistent and remember if you make
rules you must stick by them.
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