Home Remedies to Keep Dogs Off the Furniture

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You can train your dog to stay off your furniture
You can train your dog to stay off your furniture (Image: dog image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com)

Dogs, like their owners, like to relax on comfortable furniture, such as the sofa. They also like that the height affords them for a better view of the room. However, you may not enjoy having to clean your dog’s hair off the cushions or having to make do with whatever space is left for you. Fortunately, you can teach your dog to respect your furniture. With firm determination and consistency, you may be able to achieve your goal in a few days.

Prepare a comfortable spot on the floor for the dog. For instance, place a blanket or a dog bed in one corner of the living room. Make it look inviting by placing a few toys on top.

Say a firm “No!” or “Off!” every time your dog attempts to climb onto the furniture. In "Training the Hard to Train Dog," Peggy Swagger recommends consistency in the commands you use to avoid confusing your dog. Select one word for keeping the dog off the furniture and use that word for similar situations every time for best results.

Take your dog off the sofa and lead it to its bed. Do this firmly but without anger or signs of nervousness.

Praise your dog generously when it goes unprompted to the correct bed instead of the furniture. Treats also make for a good reward.

Be consistent. You will have to continue training your dog until it learns to stay off the furniture. You will achieve success faster if other house residents know that the dog is not allowed on the furniture and adhere to your training methods.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start your training early. If you allow your puppy get used to sitting on the sofa it will be difficult to break the habit later on.
  • Avoid improper training tools. In "Training the Hard to Train Dog," Peggy Swagger advises against staring into your dog's eyes with anger. This could make your dog overly submissive or it could be interpreted it as a challenge, causing a violent reaction. It is also not advisable to shake or hit the dog.

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References

  • "Training the Hard to Train Dog"; Peggy Swagger; TFH Publications, 2008
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