your dog off the 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
Start as early as possible, establish what is out of bounds and do
not allow your dog on that furniture ever.
Make sure everyone in your family is aware of these restrictions and
Avoid “sometimes” rules, e.g. your dog is allowed normally
but not when he is wet or has muddy paws.
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.
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.
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 consequence.
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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