There are two things that owners love, but those two things don’t seem to go well together.
These two things are furniture and pets..
Your furniture is an investment, a part of your home that improves aesthetics and functionality. Your dog, on the other hand, is your companion who makes your living space more lively. All your dog wants is your love and attention.
However, there comes a time when you see your dog scratching your couch in a frenzy. That is not funny. Other than that, a lot of animal hair will accumulate when you leave your dog lounging on your couch. That is not easy to clean. Also, dogs do not bathe daily and walk on the ground with their bare legs. You certainly don’t want all of that grime to transfer onto your sofa. Fortunately, dogs are intelligent beings. You can teach them how to stay away from their furniture.
Tip 1: Spray a dog repellent on the furniture.
There are several dog repellent products sold at your favorite pet store, you can certainly get one for a measly price. Ask in the personal store what product is created from organic substances. You don’t want to put your health and your dog’s health at risk, so choose a product that is natural. This is also useful if you are going on a trip and no one can keep an eye on your dog and the furniture.
Tip 2: If your dog is small, use a baby gate.
Block all entrances to the room where you don’t want to let your dog in because of the furniture. If your dog is large, he can easily jump over the door, rendering the door useless. Instead, prepare a bed for your dog. They love soft and warm places. Giving your dog his own place will prevent him from climbing onto your couch. Establishing a place for your dog to have his own place is a good idea.
Tip 3: If your dog insists on lounging on the couch, you can tell him to get down and stay on the floor.
Give him a reward for being obedient. Always keep an eye on your dog so you can tell him to stop or make an obvious noise every time he tries to jump on furniture. Tell the dog to come up to you and give him a treat. In this way, you can reinforce learning and keep your furniture clean.
Tip 4: If you don’t want to use dog repellent and your dog is new, cover the furniture with plastic.
You sure don’t like sitting on a plastic-covered sofa. Your dog wouldn’t like it either. You will notice that your dog will ignore the sofa once he has experienced it covered in plastic. That’s because you will associate furniture with discomfort. Instead, it will stay on the carpet or on the floor. Then you can remove the plastic.
Tip 5: Spray water on your dog every time he tries to jump on the furniture.
Prepare a small spray bottle and leave it on the small table next to the furniture. When you relax, your dog will follow you and try to jump on the couch. Make sure to spray water on the dog’s face as he tries to jump onto the couch. While spraying the water, say “No.” Your “no” will eventually embed itself in your dog and take it as a sign of disapproval for his unacceptable behavior.
Tip 6: You can also spray a dog repellent in the room entrances where you don’t want your dog to enter.
This can be reinforced using a clicker. Every time you enter that room, tell your dog to stay. Give him a reward for staying. If he tries to get in, tell him again to stay and give him some reward. Most of the time, training a dog to stay away from furniture is as simple as saying “stay.”
Don’t lose your patience when training your dog. Eventually, it will do what you want it to do. Some dogs learn faster than others depending on their breed. Some dogs are stubborn and tenacious. Always keep in mind that you are his master and that there is no reason for your dog not to obey you. There is no reason why your dog is not trained to get off furniture.