How to keep your pets off furniture
You know what I’m talking about, you come home from a long day at work needing nothing more than to just put your feet up with your favor pint of ice cream and low and behold who is in our favorite spot? None other than the pooch. You tell him to get down from the couch or your favorite chair and he looks at you like you are crazy, giving you the eye of annoyance because you are interrupting his third afternoon nap. If you are fed up and want to reclaim your space, don’t fret, here are a few tips!
- Consistency: Everyone in the house must be on board to retrain your pooch or feline. You must immediately communicate with the same command so they learn this is not your space!
- Supervision: It is critical that until your pet is successfully trained that they are not left unsupervised in the areas of the house in which you want to keep them off furniture. Believe me, the minute you leave for work they will be right back on the couch snoozing. While away use gates to confine the area which you’ve decided is off limits to train your pets to understand that the living room furniture is human domain.
- Cooperation: It’s a good idea to get a pet specific piece of furniture that can be all their own. Find a nice, comfortable, exciting piece like an old loveseat or couch that can be all their own. This can help deter them from using your furniture and they will learn and love their new comfy space. Be sure to place this piece of furniture in the room where the family gathers so they feel included!
- Protection: During the training process protect your furniture by using slip covers or sheets to avoid rips, stains and dog hair. If you don’t use gate to restrict certain areas of the house your pet will always have the tendency to hop right on up as soon as you go right on out. If it is ok with you to share your sofa, be sure to condition your pet to learn they are only allowed up once the protective cover is put down.