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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Stay off the couches?

It's driving me nuts! He will get in one armchair and sleep there all night. I'm glad he's comfy, and I'd have no problem with it if the chair didn't get so dusty, hairy and drooly. I took off the cover and ran it through the wash and while it was out of commission last night, he stretched out on the coch. We tell him "off" when we catch him, but when I leave in the car, I can see him in the dining room through the window, curled up in the arm chair, watching me drive off.

I'm SO tempted to place a walkie talkie next to the couch and tell him "off" when he thinks I've just left in the car...the neighbors may find me a little wacko, but at least my furniture won't be ruined.

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Re: Stay off the couches?

does he have a nice alternative to the couch?

for years Gia didnt dare get on the couch if i was home... however when i returned in the evenings, although she'd be on her bed or at the door to greet me, sure enough there would also be a warm spot on the couch.

the easiest way for me since i could never catch her in the act was to put a blanket over the spot that she liked the best... teach her that that was her blanket... then i moved the blanket to her bed and when i'd leave i'd put books or a chair on the couch. i dont remember how long i did that, but i just stopped having the problem after while.

with tilden it was easy... he didnt get on the couch because she didnt.

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Re: Stay off the couches?

Hi Cam,

Thanks for the speedy reply. Maxx has a bed, which I presume he loves. He's had several in his 6 years of life.

I did put a box in the chair for a while, but I'd like to not have to do that.

The blanket idea is a really good one. I'll have to try that! Thanks!
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Re: Stay off the couches?

i think the added bonus to the blanket idea is that it will keep your chair from getting ratty, too! much easier to clean than the seat cover!

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DOGS stay on the floor with their own bed......
You are creating a monster LOL HAHHA
I know a lot will disagree but I feel that is part of Jack's training not to be on human furniture.... He has a great lamb bed for his crate and when he is not in there he sleeps on the floor..
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Re: Stay off the couches?

When I first got Sam, he would try out the different chairs & couchs..."off" became a regular thing that first week. Then I picked up this great quilt thing at BJ's (quilted on one side, fleece on the other) and we put it on one of the arm chairs...and the rest is history. He has not touched any of the other furniture in 3 yrs. (he has free run of the house, when were gone...and has never gotten up on anything

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Re: Stay off the couches?

I got scat mats rom Petsmart
and they work (when I turn them on)
Brady is only allowed on the couch if I an on it and there is a blanket on it for him to lay on

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Originally Posted By: Count BrunoDOGS stay on the floor with their own bed......
You are creating a monster LOL HAHHA
Not neccessarily. Dogs CAN be on the furniture and not have problems. It's up to the owner to decide if they want THEIR dogs on the couch/bed.

If you do not want them on the couch the only 100% foolproof way to do that is not to allow them access to the couch.

The problem with training to train a dog not to get on the couch is that the first time you aren't there and they get on - they have just won the game.

We bought leather couches specifically because the dogs get up on them. Much easier to keep clean and they warrantied against pet damage!
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Re: Stay off the couches?

As for Maxx, I would like him to understand that being on the furniture is absolutely against the rules unless he is invited on the couch. I want to set up that boundary. This goes for when I am not at home as well.

I know he thinks he's being clever...if only he knew that the quarter inch of black hair piled on the couch is his smoking gun!
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Originally Posted By: Lauri & The GangWe bought leather couches specifically because the dogs get up on them. Much easier to keep clean and they warrantied against pet damage!
I have leather everywhere! It makes clean up so much easier in the house and cars. So... who makes these super cool pet damage proof couches!?! Thanks!

Oh, and my dogs live on the couches... sorry I can't help!
My first GSD didn't get on the couch when I was home. She always had a busted look if I was quick enough to catch her

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