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How can I keep my dog from getting on the couch?
peachychick54 posted:
My 5-year old husky/lab mix has started getting on our couches when we are not home. She gets hair everywhere since she sheds a lot. She never does it when we are home, and we never invite her onto the couch. How can I train her not to get on the couches when I'm not there when she does it?
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello Peachychick54 and thanks for posting about your couch-loving dog. You problem may be one to talk over with a dog trainer to get some solutions.

I have known people who have made the couch inaccessible, used products to make the couch unattractive (products that beep or alarm if the pet gets up), or have given the dog her own room or a kennel/crate. A dog trainer may be able to use a variety of techniques to remind her the same rules apply whether or not she sees you home.

Does she have her own bed?

Best wishes and let us know how she's doing,

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
peachychick54 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thanks for the advice. We used to put her in a crate but she always escapes, and I was afraid she would hurt herself doing so, so we stopped using that option. She does have her own bed. I have thought about putting something on the couch that will make a noise when she jumps up (my dad used to use mousetraps covered with newspaper for his dog!) but I haven't tried anything like that yet. I will look into it. Thanks again.
Home2strays replied to peachychick54's response:
one of my petsitting clients has something she puts on her couch that look like a square with an x in the middle covered with little spiky bumps and her lab doesnt get on the couch now
peachychick54 replied to Home2strays's response:
It doesn't hurt the dog? That's why I don't want to use mousetraps like my dad because I'm afraid she'll get hurt by them.
Home2strays replied to peachychick54's response:
nope, its uncomfortable 9 i sat on one before) but it doesnt cause wounds or agony
peachychick54 replied to Home2strays's response:
Thanks! I'll check it out
dianer01 replied to peachychick54's response:
I tried the mouse traps and when my pit bull jumped on the couch, the paper ripped and she got her paw caught in the trap and fractured a small bone in her paw. I wouldn't reccomend this.
peachychick54 replied to dianer01's response:
Update: A trainer reccomended getting a piece of carpet runner (we found a plastic one at Family Dollar for $5) that has little spikey nubs on the back. He said to turn it upside down (so the nubs stick up) and lay it across the couch. We've done this and as long as we have it on the couch she doesn't get up there. But when we forget to put it across the couch she's back to laying on it.
margaretrausch replied to peachychick54's response:
My dog is not allowed on the furniture, and he would never get on there when I could see him.
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Bellatoto replied to margaretrausch's response:
I thought the same of my dog but he got on the couch when no one was around. They are very sneaky.
Anon_38834 replied to peachychick54's response:
Hey, THANKS for posting this solution! I don't know of any permanent methods for keeping dogs off the couch (they are sneaky & love the couch & will bypass single objects or even bad smells) but this seems like the closest thing to an easy & workable solution.
LoveDogs replied to Anon_38834's response: has products that work really well! I bough a couch defender and I just put it on my couch when I leave the house and slide it underneath my couch when I get home. I highly recomment these products!
LoveDogs replied to dianer01's response:
: ( I recomment to ALL of my friends with dogs. The products on this site work really well.


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