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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Letting the dog up on furniture?

Is it ok to let the dog sit up on couches and stuff. I thought I read that dogs shouldn't be allowed on beds and couches because then they will think they are the same level (in the hierarchy) as you. I've been looking at a lot of the pictures in the gallery and many dogs are posed on beds and couches.

In addition I really have only one couch that I'd want Pebbles on (the other ones are leather). If I let her up on that one, I'm afraid she'd get the idea she can climb up on everything.

What is your take on this?
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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

Personally, I will not let Tucker on any furniture. I also have leather and do not want to have to replace it any time soon. He usually will sit/lay on the floor, either on my feet or right next to them.

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

I also have leather and suppose always will while having these shedding dawgs)

Mine are allowed on the furniture, however it's with MY permission.

If one seems to be getting a little to "possessive" (which one of my aussies tends to do) over a piece of furniture,,they aren't allowed on it ) and DO know when I tell them to "off"..

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

Jake is not a dog that wants to be physically close most of the time.When he wants to come up and snuggle-either on bed or couch-I always do an 'off' command followed by OK and it seems to work.Just to say he always does off and 50% of the time will come back and 50% go sleep/be elsewhere.It is hard NOT to be happy he wants to be with me and snuggle but this is how I handle it(I try not to feel bad when he chooses to go elsewhere)
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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

All of the dogs(Several GSDs, 2 Catahoula Leopard Dogs and a Cattle Dog mix.) I have had over the last 30 years have been allowed on the furniture and bed. I hav NEVER had any issues. They KNOW I am the "boss" and if I say "off" or "move" they do it with NO hesitation.

I have a zillion year old leather couch and the dogs don't hurt it any.

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

I bought leather furniture for the animals and it has been far easier to clean/maintain than cloth! And yes, my dog is allowed on couch/recliner/bed/kitchen table....just threw in that last one to see if you are paying attention. In my life, I have only had one dog with issues up on the furniture and that was a cocker I rescued. It took awhile to work it out but the dog eventually learned she didn't have to be defensive but she needed to get off when told so.

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

I read in a german shepherd book that you are not suppose to let them on your bed/furniture unless they are invited. That is also only after you have sat/layed down yourself. Then you invite them to lay/sleep with you.
But when you want them off, off they should go without hesitation! Duke is not allowed on the furniture because it is the microfiber and it is brand new, but he does sleep on our bed anytime he wants. As long as he gives us room! If he is crowding all I do is tell him over and he scoots over, or he has to get down!

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

I have no problem (except hair) allowing my dogs on the furniture. Skye, my GSD, knows quite well I am the leader - she has a chair by the window that is mainly for her and does need permission. She will get off if asked.

If my dogs began guarding the space from me I would rethink it. I've had GSDs for over 20 years and never had a problem.

I enjoy them sitting with me occassionally.

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

We have a GSD and a GSD /lab? mix. we do allow them on the bed and on the furniture, but they always have to wait for an invite. (when we are home) I KNOW they don't wait for one while we aren't home (i saw those muddy footprints INDIGO!)

Its a pain when it comes to cleaning etc, but i guess that's just who we are.

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Re: Letting the dog up on furniture?

They only loose bed privileges if they get disobedient. Barker the Elder is the one that gets on the bed. She lobbied very hard as a youngster and, at about 18 months, I gave in. About 12 years ago...

There's no getting on the couch or chairs because, for the most part, they are covered with junk I haven't put away....
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