Pip has dog beds but Pip’s favorite curl up spot? The loveseat near the backdoor where she can be completely cozy (she’s a bolster or cuddle bed dog) and still supervise the driveway. I could stop this easily enough but I don’t. I like having her curled next to me on the couch so simply use pet furniture covers, instead.
My rule for dogs on furniture is simple: If the dog doesn’t care then I don’t have to care. If the dog does care, then I must. What I mean by this is that if your dog never growls or stiffens at a human when she is on the furniture, hops off readily when told and is unconcerned, I have the luxury to be relaxed about it myself. But, if your dog growls at anyone when on any furniture, or resists getting off when told or has any major behavior issues, then you have to care and the dog has to stay on the floor. It is then no longer your choice, now it’s about what the dog needs. And a dog behaving that way needs grounding ASAP.
But… if you are like me and your dog is like Pip, we have a few options for keeping furniture less furry. I love waterproof dog blankets such as the popular 100% Waterproof Mambe Pet Blanket and pet furniture covers (sofas or chairs). All of these have easily washable options which is a complete requirement for me.
Even with covers, I keep various pet hair removers around from vacuum attachments to sticky rolls as all have their uses. To love most dogs is to come to some level of acceptance about fur in your home (and your car and your closet and, on occasion, your food.
It is a small price to pay when you’re a dog lover. (Click on any image to go to Amazon’s listing.)