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04-10-2014 05:01 AM
njk Great topic, we have this issue too (ours is 5 months old though). She generally keeps her body off it and just puts her front paws up, but when she's full of energy and has a race around, that's when she jumps on the couch fully. She knows "on your bed", though chooses to ignore it a lot of the time. We're just being persistent with the "off" command and hoping one day she chooses to follow it lol
04-10-2014 02:19 AM
AKIRA3 Hangers, clothes hangers.
Got the idea here. She refused to jump up on the couch when they were placed on each cushion.
04-09-2014 11:18 PM
Hector3 Repetition and consistency with "off" command. Stop the dog before she gets on the couch. When you can't supervise her, keep her with you or in the crate. You can do this by rewarding the dog when she gets off or just lead her off with a leash. If she keeps trying to get on the couch after she offs, then send her away to her bed or crate or redirect her attention to something else. This is basically how I got my dog off the couch for good.
04-09-2014 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by AKIRA3 View Post
OFF a million times a day.
We used Hangars on the couch. It worked!!!
I'm saying off a million times a day lol. Hangers..what?

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04-09-2014 08:01 PM
AKIRA3 OFF a million times a day.
We used Hangars on the couch. It worked!!!
04-09-2014 04:23 PM
Galathiel My pup really thought he should have couch privileges and was forever plopping his front end on the couch. We just told him 'off' and gave him a toy on the ground to play with and eventually he stopped. Now he doesn't ever try.
04-09-2014 04:16 PM
middleofnowhere The aluminum foil trick sounds great. The only two alternatives I could think of is 1. make the couch unavailable (elevate it so no one can sit on it) or 2. buy a scatt mat to put on the couch.
04-09-2014 03:44 PM
anitram I had a dog in the past who was a determined couch jumper/sleeper. He could not be deterred. He was fine coming off the couch when told but nothing would prevent him from jumping on especially when we weren't home.

The ONLY and I mean only thing that worked for him was aluminum foil. We'd cover the couch cushions in a couple of layers of foil. They absolutely hate the sound of it crinkling and the feeling of it underneath them. First day or two we'd come home and see that he'd tried jumping up as some of the foil was crumpled or ripped. Very quickly thereafter he completely stopped. Never, ever jumped on a couch again after that (and lived for years after the initial foil). Once he stops, you can take the foil off.
04-09-2014 03:35 PM
Originally Posted by TheDakotaShow View Post
Really? I don't think I want a dog tethered to me for a year and a half. There has to be other ways

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You mean easier?

I actually found it easier to keep the dog with me instead of letting it loose to develop all kinds of unwanted behaviors.
I didn't want to drag him off the couch 50 times a day, yell at him for counter surfing have to follow him to see what he was doing around the corner.

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04-09-2014 03:27 PM
MaggieRoseLee Just practice the 'off' command using (as sunflowers mentioned) a short leash or tether.

Even better is to teach her what you DO want to do. So teach a 'go to place' type of command.

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