Tips On How to Keep Dogs off Couch

how to keep dogs off couch

Most pet parents don’t mind dogs on the furniture. I love snuggling up with my German shepherd on the sofa. However, if any human or animal gets sick, it’s pretty hard to clean all of those other furniture. We know Dogs for being loyal and playful companions.

When dog jump, they can also be a bit of a nuisance when they jump on furniture, which can lead to dirt and hair being tracked onto the couch. In this blog post, we will discuss some management techniques that you can use to on how to keep a dog off the couch.

Ways On How to keep dogs off couch

It is not always possible for large shedding dogs to stay off of the carpet and other furniture. When they are shedding excessively, there may be no choice but to allow them onto your favorite spots in order to keep your house free of pet hair. That means you must train your dog or cats from sleeping on these places as often as possible.

In fact, trained pets make better pet parents because they know how to limit themselves where they sleep and roam.

I often considered dogs part of the family, and like any other member of the family, they can be welcome on the furniture or not. Whether you choose to allow your dog on the furniture is mostly a personal preference, but if you’d like to keep them off, here are tricks that might help:

 Train Your Dog From an Early Age 

Dogs are man’s best friend, and they learn best when their training is consistent and positive. Be patient and keep training sessions short-about 10 minutes per day.

When you bring home a new dog, teach them that the other furniture is for humans only. Begin by sitting on the sofa and then give your dog a treat when they approach. After your dog will do this with you, begin getting up and inviting your dog to join you on the sofa after giving them a treat. This process may take several training sessions, but it teaches dogs where they belong in your house.

Always keep an eye out for misbehavior. If you catch your dog before he/she gets onto the couch or bed or making loud noise, tell him “No!” firmly and use a firm clap under his muzzle. This lets them know that they have done something wrong and tell them the furniture inaccessible.

Remember to always praise good behavior!

Give your furry friend lots of love and attention when he is not on the furniture and only gets up with your permission.

Keep a close eye out for anxiety or fear. If your dog starts barking, jumping, or clawing at you to get off the couch, firmly tell him to get down using “No!”, clap under their muzzle, and put them in another room for about 10 minutes before trying again. This helps teach them that if they continue misbehaving, they will be removed from the area.

Use a Pet Repellent Spray or other Deterrent.

If your dog will not listen to you, you can always block access, there are sprays and deterrents available for purchase that act as reminders for your dog to avoid the furniture. The pet’s weight may activate some only, or they may emit a noise or scent to say “no”.

Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so he/she will be tired at night. A tired dog won’t have as much energy to jump onto furniture during the day.

Place a Cover or Slipcover on The Furniture 

This works for both dogs and cats. Covers look ugly but they work effectively as a deterrent!

Some people have had success by placing signs or couch defender on furniture showing forbidden furniture area is off limits to their dog.

Practice good manners by asking your family members to remove their shoes, limit food and water access near the couch, and couch defenders to keep other pets away from that area as well.

Always praise your puppy when they are behaving well! This will teach them the rules of the house, and also show that good behavior is always rewarded.

Do not reward Your Dog When They Misbehave

Make sure you do not reward destructive behavior by allowing them on the furniture or petting them while they are misbehaving. If you believe this could result from anxiety or fear, take them to see a vet to get checked for health problems.

Do not punish your dog if he/she gets onto the sofa by pushing or shoving him/her off. This may make your dog afraid of being near you, especially if it involves physical contact.

Don’t Be Aggressive Towards Your Dog

Scaring your pup by shouting “NO!” in an angry tone may also cause more is wrong and does more harm than good-so never use that as a training method!

Keep the scolding and physical reactions to a minimum. It is not worth harming your relationship with your dog over something so trivial. If you are having issues with training, ask for help from friends or family members who have had success in training their own furry friend(s). Remember that it’s never too late to get started!

 Get a dog bed and encourage your dog to sleep there instead 

One of the many ways to keep dogs off couch is to provide them with their own couch. This may be a laundry baskets, or even a blanket or towel placed on the floor. If your dog is reluctant to sleep in their bed, try placing their food and water dishes near it so they will associate it with positive things. Praise your dog when they sleep in their bed and be sure to give them a treat once in a while!

Get them their own special spot in the house.

There is no reason that your dog has to sleep on the floor while you enjoy the comfort of a couch! If they have a place where they can feel at home, such as a doggy bed or blanket, it should be enough for them to stay off your chairs.

Positive Reinforcement 

One of the most important things to remember when training your dog is to be consistent with your rules. If you allow your dog to sit on the chair or pet them while they are misbehaving, they will never learn what is wrong and right. Be sure to always praise your dog when they are behaving well so they know the rules of the house.

 Keep your dog busy with toys and treats 

Dogs love to play and they love to eat, so why not give them a toy that combines both of those activities? Kongs are a great example of a toy that can keep your dog busy for hours on end. These rubber toys come in different shapes and sizes, and can be filled with treats or food that your dog will have to work for. You can also freeze kongs overnight to give your dog an extra-special treat.

Put away any food or water bowls that are within reach of the furniture

If you have a dog, it’s important to keep any food or water bowls within reach of the furniture. This will help to prevent your dog from getting onto the furniture in order to eat or drink. It’s also a good idea to put your dog’s bed near the furniture so they will have a comfortable place to sleep. If you are having trouble, getting your dog to stay off the furniture, try some of the tips listed in this article. Be patient and consistent with your training and your furry friend will eventually learn the rules of the house!

Build A Bed or place cushions on their own chair

One option you have is to buy your dog a bed of their own, ideally one that they can fit on without having to jump up into the couch itself. If you are worried about keeping this bed clean, you can try getting a waterproof one so any accidents will be easier to clean up.

Use Negative Reinforcement

If your dog jumps on the couch when nobody is around, keep an air horn or similar noisemaker nearby so you can scare them off if they jump onto it. When they jump off immediately after being startled by the noise, reward them with treats and praise. This process should only take a few times before they learn what behavior is appropriate and what isn’t.

Maintain A Consistent Schedule

Try to be consistent with your schedule so your dog can learn when it is okay for them to get on the couch and when they need to stay off of it. If you come home at the same time every day, your dog will soon learn that this is when they are allowed up onto the furniture.

Trim Your Dog’s Nails Regularly

A major issue that causes dogs to get on top of couches or other pieces of furniture is if their nails become too long. This can be painful for them, but also encourages them to want to climb up higher in order not to put pressure on their feet while standing. Keep a nail trimmer nearby and use it every few weeks.

Keep Your Furniture Cleaner Than Your Dog’s Toys

If your dog loves to play with their toys, chances are they might love to play with other kinds of objects as well. If you notice that there are toys on the floor that your dog seems curious about, pick those up and put them somewhere higher up or out of reach before your pet tries to investigate them further. It should only take a couple times of doing this before your dog learns that their toys and your furniture should be kept separate.

Consider Getting Professional Help

If you’ve been trying to manage the problem of your dog getting on the couch, but find that it’s simply not working out, consider bringing in a professional to help.

A trainer can provide you with more advice and potentially help you get to the root of your pet’s behavior issues so they can learn what is expected of them and will stop jumping on the couch for good!

Dogs are not always easy to train, but there is no time like the present. Training your dog from an early age will make it easier for you and more rewarding for them in the long run.

If you want a head start on training your pup, we have lots of helpful resources that can guide you along the way–including our blog post on how to keep a couch or bed free of fur! Our team would love to help answer questions about training dogs so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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