If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already tried the equally age-old “punish the dog when you see him on the furniture” approach and it hasn’t worked. What it got you was a dog who jumps off when you come into the room. This is not because your dog is “sneaky” or “knows better”; to learn what is really going on check out: How to Train Your Dog: “He Knows Better”
What you need to know to successfully keep your dog’s four on the floor is Supply, Prevent and Deter.
Supply means provide your dog with an equally good dog bed option. Something with the softness or hardness, bolster or support your particular dog likes. Make it his special place. Rewarding him when he is on it with special attention and petting will make him like it even more!
Prevention means you either prevent your dog from getting near the furniture or prevent him from getting on it. You prevent proximity by closing doors, gating or crating him when you are gone and keeping him with you when you are home. If he can’t get near it, he can’t get on it.
Or you can prevent him from actually getting on the furniture by piling up stools or chairs on it or trying the Keep Pets Off of Your Furniture! Any of these keeps the dog hair at floor level and peace in your home.
Deter means to make the furniture unpleasant. The picture above is the tactical use of carpet runners that have grippers on the back. Another level up is a ScatMat ( various sizes) that uses static charge level stim to startle the dog. Since the stim only happens if the dog is on the mat and stops the instant they get off it, dogs leave quickly to avoid them.
Using Supply, Prevent and Deter you can keep your dog off your furniture for good!
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