Like us, dogs love a little comfort. Therefore, when your pet gets the opportunity to hop onto your couch and snuggle up, the temptation is often too good to pass up. Let’s be clear, there is nothing wrong with you and your pet cuddling up on the couch, however, not every pet owner fancies that idea. Also, once your pet gets a taste of your comfy couch, you will have a hard time keeping them off. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog off the couch.
Pets obey verbal instructions very well, so try teaching them the "off" command until they learn to associate it with staying off the couch. If they attempt to climb onto the couch in your presence, don’t scold them. Instead, use a calm but very authoritative voice to say the “off” command. You could also use treats to lure them off the sofa.
A leash works well when you and your pet are indoors. Get your pet to sit close to you on the floor and then step on the leash so that they can’t wander off. When they try to get onto the couch, gently tug at the leash, speak the “off” command, and lead them to their designated resting area.
Throw a tasty treat each time they get off the couch. This is often the easiest way to teach your pet to stay away from the seat. If your pet has their own bed, leave treats on it so that it will become their best place to rest. Also, for pets that enjoy chewing toys, leave a few lying around on their bed to keep them occupied.
When your dog is home alone, they tend to rest wherever is convenient. A good way to keep them away from the couch is to restrict them from accessing it. Close doors that lead to the living room, or the bedroom if possible. In most cases, a doggy gate is a good alternative that can help you keep them away from the sofa when you are out of the house.
There is a range of devices and sprays that you can buy to help keep your pet off the couch. These accessories are operated manually, but there are some that are motion-activated. They shoot air or make annoying sounds that will deter your pet from jumping onto the couch. When you are not at home, these devices are good for starling your pet without causing any harm.
Keeping your pet off the couch is sometimes as simple as providing a viable alternative. Your pet deserves a comfortable place to hang out. A comfy dog bed on the floor is the best place for them to rest or play with toys. Ensure that the bed has enough padding and is warm enough to accommodate your pup.
The couch is very inviting, especially to your pet. You are likely to find them curled up on the couch, resting. If this habit does not excite you, the best thing to do is to try to keep them off. The ideas we have listed here will help you get your pet to respect the couch.
Brian Morgan owns two dogs, a Pomeranian and Husky, who keep him busy. In his free time, he is an editor at Dog Bed Zone, a blog that provides tips and tricks to paw parents everywhere.