How To Teach a Dog Not to Go on Furniture

by Kimberly Caines Google
    Teaching your dog right from wrong can help keep your sofa clean.

    Teaching your dog right from wrong can help keep your sofa clean.

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    After a long day at work, you're finally ready to watch some television and relax, only to find that your dog has taken over the sofa. If this sounds familiar, take back ownership of your space by teaching your dog to stay off the furniture. There's no need to yell and scream to get him to understand you. With patience, consistency and plenty of doggie treats, you can clearly get your point across.

    Step 1

    Place one or more tempting doggie beds in areas of the house where your pet companion lounges on the furniture. When he has his own comfy domain, he might be less tempted to use the sofa. Place the beds in well-trafficked areas of the house so your dog gets plenty of interaction with family members and doesn't feel isolated.

    Step 2

    Inform everyone in the house that your dog isn't allowed on the furniture. If one person allows your dog on the furniture, it can sabotage your training. Get everyone on the same page.

    Step 3

    Say "off" when you catch your dog on furniture that's off-limits. When your pet companion jumps off the furniture and has all four paws on the floor, reward him with praise and treats. If you have a small dog or puppy, pick him up and put him on the floor if you're not sure that he can safely jump off the furniture. Immediately bring him to his doggie bed, and give him praise and treats when he uses it.

    Step 4

    Startle your dog when he jumps on furniture. Place a commercial shock or alarm device on the furniture that your dog favors. The moment your dog jumps on the furniture, the device activates and lightly shocks him or lets out a shriek, resulting in him jumping down. Alternatively, strategically stack a bunch of empty soda cans on the furniture, so they fall on and around your dog.

    Step 5

    Place chairs or an upside-down carpet runner on your dog’s favored lounging spots. The chairs don't leave any room for your dog, and the carpet runner spikes make the furniture uncomfortable.

    Step 6

    Block the entrance to the room with a baby gate or close the door. Alternatively, place your dog in a crate when you leave the house and are unable to watch him.

    Items You Will Need

    • Dog beds
    • Dog treats
    • Shock or alarm device or empty soda cans
    • Chairs or carpet runner
    • Baby gate
    • Dog crate

    Tip

    • If you allow your pet companion on the furniture, cover it with a blanket for protection.

    Photo Credits

    • George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.

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