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    Default Ideas of how to keep the dog off the couch

    Hi, I have a 9month old cavalier x, needing some advice on how to train him to stay off the couch. My biggest problem is that I have stupidly previously allowed him to be on the couch, but now have realised that it is not ideal. I have got him his own bed and I feed him a treat everytime he uses his bed, but not sure if it is too late to now ban him from the couch. Any ideas would be great.

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    We don't allow our dogs on the lounge either.





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    I do agree, and Max is very much a part of our family,I dont believe that anyone should have a dog unless they are part of your family, the only problem is that we have a cat door, so he lets himself in and out of the house any time he wants, so that even when its raining he will go out and then come and jump on the couch with muddy feet. We have put his bed by our feet next to the couch, so that he is always next to us.
    Your German Shepherds are gorgeous!

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    yup definitely not allowed on the couch either. Well - she's allowed on the couch but none of the other chairs so there's always a clean spot for guests - tho strangely guests are drawn to the towel and fur covered couch when there are two perfectly nice chairs over there.

    I guess it's the same with the dog. She likes to be where I am. And the couch is up high, a nice commanding view of everything. She likes that too.

    But we've got mud in the yard too. So I try to supervise her going out and coming in and do a paw check - if only I could train her to wipe her feet first. I have trained her to go to a mat on command. There's one in the kitchen she's supposed to stay on when I'm doing dinner prep. I think if it was going to be no couch - I would just remove her from the couch or ask her to go on her bed any time she looked at the couch... And I'd get an old dead tshirt, sleep in it or on it for week? and put that where I want her to be, so it smells a bit like I've been sleeping in her bed - cos that's the best place right?


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    We have the same problem, though it's not really a problem for us. We just delayed buying a half decent sofa and hang on to our old, worn out IKEA sofas with washable covers A friend of mine managed to train her dogs to lie only on a special thick blanket on the sofa. I think she used some kind of spray making the blanket super attractive to her dogs and now they wouldn't lie anywhere else.

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    Thankyou for your advice, I'll try the t-shirt trick and look into a spray.

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    We have a blanket on each lounge as you can see to protect from dog hair and muddy paws. When Chloe runs in with muddy paws I say "In the bathroom" and I wash her paws with a face washer then she gets on the lounge of cause.

    We don't let them eat bones on the lounge...yes I know it's cruel but you have to draw the line somewhere don't you.
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    Chloe does sometimes sleep in her bed...


    But it's mostly on the lounge with her pillow...I took this pic yesterday.
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    I do think it is absolutely necessary to enforce the house rules from day one though. In our house: Dogs always get the first pick of preferred sleeping places.
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    Dogs should definitely stay in their own bed not the couch, just forgot to tell Maggie

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