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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Created a Couch Monster.

Boy did I screw up! Our trainer told us awhile back that couch sitting is fine as long as he is invited up. Well, now that we have started this, he feels like he can get on the couch anytime he wants. He's a bit of a rough too. Now we can't figure out how to train him on when it's not ok to be on the couch. What method would be good for this?

I have tried treating him when we say off or nah when he is about to get on the couch. But to no avail. Any ideas on when to treat or not? Methods to use? I'm kind of in no-mans land here.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 10:35 PM
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i taught my dog to jump on the couch and the bed. i also taught him
"get down" (bed or couch) "off the bed", point to the floor when i want
him off the bed or the couch and "move over" when i want him to move
to the other side of the couch. if he starts to jump on the couch or the
bed when i don't want him there i can say "no" or "go to your bed". take
control. teach him a command to jump on and off the bed and make him
follow your command.
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What doggiedad said. ^

I don't care if my dogs are on the couch, and since we've been letting them on there since they were puppies, they jump on the furniture all the time. However, like doggiedad said, I also teach them "off". They always move, or get off the furniture, when ever we tell them to. They don't even hesitate.

I don't even know how I trained "off", LOL. I'd just guide them off the furniture and say "off". And probably do it about a million times before it sinks into his doggie brain.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 11:42 PM
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Never let my GSD on the furniture, she has a 4" orthapedic dog bed = Heaven to her.
Her "place"

5.5 yrs old, has never wanted on the furniture
but then I never wanted a cuddle bug, I wanted a working dog.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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The couch has always been off limits to him until we recently decided to let him up. Now that we have, he's not quite obsessed with it but looks at it more like playground equipment. He did go or more like slid over the backside of the couch one night. It would be different if he would just lay down when he gets up there, but most of the time he won't. He is only 9 months, but his whole world revolves around the next playtime, no rest around here.

I'll keep working with him. I've been doing alot if what doggie dad was refering to. Just keep plugging away.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 07:47 AM
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My dogs are allowed on the couch but there's no rough play allowed, so jump up and lie down. It was pretty easy to teach and yes the biggest thing is when I tell you it's time to get off then get off Be consistent and they'll understand what you're asking


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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 08:38 AM
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When we had fabric couches I never let my dog up. He sheds probably more than a GSD (he's a mix) Now that we have leather, I don't mind. He's a cuddle bug so he gets up and lays down right beside me, no rough play or anything like that. If he did I would just tell him "off" and he'd jump down.

He isn't allowed on my bed. Unless my husband is out of town and I get scared lol

Same rules will apply to my new gsd puppy when I get one.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 08:54 AM
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We used foil on the couches for about 3 weeks...
She got the idea!!
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