A dog will typically only invade your couch or bed, or other furniture, because his owner lets him. While cuddling with your dog on the furniture is a fun way to bond for most pet owners, a dog who jumps up on the furniture can often cause damage in the form of dog hair, scratching up furniture, or odors that are difficult to remove. While it’s difficult for many to adopt the rule of keeping your dog off the furniture, it is definitely a great way to keep your furniture longer and have a happier household.
I myself am a guilty culprit of allowing my . I will most often find her sprawled out across our bed (when my fiance is gone anyhow) than I will find her curled up by the front door. However, since my fiance has painstakingly “trained” her to stay off the furniture when he is home via providing her a long cozy body pillow underneath her favorite window, it is now my job to keep her off the furniture for her own mental health. The poor old gal is confused as all get-out when she is one moment lounging in the living room chair, the next banished to her pillow on the floor, due to my own lack of discipline. It doesn’t take much to keep your dog off the furniture, it just takes consistency.
At the moment, my on her pillow, which as of late she prefers over the couch to begin with, so I shouldn’t feel guilty of depriving her the couch or chair. That’s the first thing a dog owner should take control of- the guilt of not allowing your dog on the furniture. We all have areas that we don’t let our kids near, so keeping the dog off the couch is no exception. So long as you provide your dog with their own comfortable lounging area, all in the household will be happy.
To keep your dog off the furniture, any time you see them heading for the couch, chair, or bed, simply distract them to their own pillow or bed. Call them gently to their own bedding, and they will come to you and lay down appreciatively. If the dog is already on the furniture, simply snap at them or call them to you, again drawing attention to their own bed. Your dog is not going to feel like they are getting the shaft, rather, they will quickly realize that if they want a cozy place to curl up, this greatly appraised bed that is all their own will be where they seek a great nap. Placing the bed in an area where on the floor normally anyhow makes the bed more appealing.
Never yell at your dog or completely freak out if you find them on the furniture, say, when you first get home from work. Your dog won’t know what they are in trouble for, just that one moment they were sleeping peacefully, the next they were being yelled at. Simply gently greet your dog and coax them off the couch, and your dog will guiltily slink off the furniture and guide themselves to their own bed. This is what my dog does, thumping her tail on the couch when we catch her on there and then lazily stretching her butt off the couch to curl up on her body pillow by the window.
It helps if you pet or snuggle your dog while they are in their own bed, mostly for your own comfort and ease of guilt. Trust me, your dog will be just as happy laying down on their pillow in the living room as they will be on the couch, just as kids are just as happy playing in the family room as they are in the living room. Every home has its areas where no kids or pets are allowed, and if you can ease your own guilt over “banishing” your dog from the furniture and be consistent with your rules, your dog will be tons happier, and so will everyone else in the house.