How to Keep Dogs Off a Couch Using Aluminum Foil

by Chris Miksen
    With the help of aluminum foil, your pup's lazy couch days are about to end.

    With the help of aluminum foil, your pup's lazy couch days are about to end.

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    Aluminum foil isn't only helpful in keeping chicken wing nastiness off your baking trays and for wrapping baked potatoes. It's found a use outside of the kitchen, too, and your pup is almost certain to hate it. Keeping your little guy off the couch when he's used to getting up is a challenge, but few canines like the uncomfortable feel, bright appearance and annoying sound of aluminum foil.

    Step 1

    Cut out sheets of aluminum foil slightly larger than your couch seat cushions and armrests. Your pup will be spending most of his time on those areas, so don't worry about the back cushions. He'll be bothered enough with aluminum foil underneath him and where he usually lays his head.

    Step 2

    Lift up your cushions and tuck in the aluminum foil so the sheets are anchored to your couch. Stubborn canines can swipe the foil right off your couch, and big dogs can pull the sheets off by just jumping up. Plus, you won't have anything dangling off the edge, making a curious pup less eager to chomp down on the foil or tear it into pieces.

    Step 3

    If outfitting your couch cushions with foil sheets didn't work, it's time to up the ante. Place the aluminum foil onto cookie trays and set the foil-layered trays on your seat cushions, with the edge of the tray flush with the edge of the cushion. The second your pup jumps up, his feet smack the trays. In his haste to jump down, he might pull the trays off the couch, which will startle him even more and tell him that maybe being a couch potato isn't such a good idea.

    Step 4

    Combine the aluminum foil with another trap. Sometimes foil and even foil-layered cookie trays aren't enough to stop the most stubborn dogs from taking a rest on the couch. Set up a few aluminum cans so that in addition to the annoyance of the foil, your pup also gets an earful from the noisy cans. Or set a lightweight and empty plastic bottle on top of one of the back cushions. The second your pup throws his feet onto the couch, the bottle comes crashing down.

    Step 5

    Monitor your little guy. Regardless of which aluminum foil trick you use, never leave the foil out when you're away from the house. If your dog decides to shred it into tiny pieces and eat some of it, he could become very sick. The idea behind this method is to make him think that something is going to happen each time he gets on the couch.

    Step 6

    Keep him off the couch at all times. If you layer your couch with aluminum foil one day but invite your pup up the next, you're sending him mixed messages. Keep the foil on the couch while you're home, and do not make exceptions as to when he can climb up on the couch with you for a bit of snuggle time.

    Items You Will Need

    • Scissors
    • Cookie tray
    • Empty plastic bottle
    • Aluminum cans


    • Many dogs won't understand that because the foil isn't there, nothing is going to happen, but some of the more crafty canines do. If your pup still gets up on the couch when you leave, consider blocking him from getting up with a crate or box.
    • If you cannot lift your cushions up, you can opt to tape the aluminum foil to your couch instead of tucking it in.


    • If you have a sensitive canine, do not try additional booby traps, such as the cookie sheets and plastic bottle.

    Photo Credits

    • Janie Airey/Lifesize/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.

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