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Thread: Suggestions for Keep Dog Off the Furniture

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    My dog, a very large Saint Bernard, was not allowed on the furniture. I just had to tell her no whenever I saw her trying to get up on something or take her down when she did manage to get up on something. I got her as a puppy. My two young sons (grown with dogs of their own) would let her set in between their legs with her butt on the sofa or chair and her feet on the floor. I laughed the first time I saw this and let it continue. Also, after much begging by my younger son, Mike, Moose, the Saint Bernard, was allowed to sleep in his bed. It didn't last long because she grew fast and took up the whole bed. I checked on my sons one night at bedtime and Mike was on the floor and Moose was in the bed. I asked him why and he told me she took up too much room. I then told him she belonged on the floor, not him. lol He as a soft hearted child and didn't want to put her out because she was used to sleeping in his bed. Moose has been gone for many years and we still miss her very much. I would never use a mouse trap or anything else that would hurt my pet.

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    Couch quilts....and leather is easier to clean than fabric....Yes...my dogs rule the couch....

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    Flip the cushions up when you're gone. We've also put a baby gate across the cushions. They hate the baby gate as it has fallen against them a few times. They avoid it now, so it works on the sofa. I think the folding chair across the cushions would work well too!

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    We learned this suggestion from a professional dog trainer and it has worked for us (through 8 Rottweilers); aluminum foil. Spread it out on the furniture you don't want them on (bed/couch/chair/ottoman) -- they don't like it (kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard to them). Your house will look like you're expecting aliens to visit but it has worked for us. Just fold it up when you're done and you keep re-using for the same purpose.

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    Thank you all so much. We have tried the chair on the sofa and a footstool on the chair he is interested in. So far it has worked. Will keep several other ideas in mind. Thank you all for your suggestions.

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    We actually bought leather furniture so our dog CAN get on the couch. He loves sitting up there and watching people go by out of the street.

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    Would love to see a picture of your new addition. So great that you adopted a senior.

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    I just use a quilt to cover my love seat and two fleece blankets for 'her' chair. Since moving the chair into the living room with her own blankies she doesn't use the love seat.
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    Put a cover on the furniture and let him enjoy the rest of his life with you...He was probably use to being allowed to get on the furniture in his past...Bless you for adopting him and giving him a forever home...You will be blessed...

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    The only way I know to keep them off furniture is to crate them or otherwise confine them when you are gone. My dogs pretty much sleep wherever they want in the house when we are home, but are always crated when we are gone. You can crate train older dogs. My last dog that wasn't crate trained as a pup was 15 and had back problems and needed to be confined. It took a couple nights of fussing, but I crate trained him at 15. After that, he loved his crate and would go in there to take his naps.
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    Our dog was 10 and didn't get on furniture when we adopted an 8 year old from the pound 3 years ago. She evidently was used to being on furniture. They can sit with us in our leather recliners but nowhere else. Whenever we came back home there was a warm spot on the sofa right next to a pillow. We bought a little dog bed and put a blanket in it and put it in an inconspicuous spot to encourage her to lay there. She's rat terrier/jack russell with very little hair on her tummy and loves to burrow under the blanket. It cured her of getting on the sofa. She spends a lot of time in that little bed even though they both have beds in my sewing room. Sharonve

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    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    I have found that my dogs HATE the smell of VicksVapor rub.

    When I had trouble with a stray cat sitting on my cushions outsude, I stuck a couple of pieces of paper towel that had a glob of Vicks on it, on them, and it worked.

    When I had puppies, I'd rub Vicks on the cords of lamps and they'd leave them alone. No chewing!

    Of course, there is an odor of Vicks until you remove them
    Thanks for this idea RugosaB, I'm going to try this last ditch effort on my youngest Boxer, he has a thing for shoes I have even made a paste with Cayenne Pepper & spread it on Crocs it didn't faze him!!

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    I read many of the posts in response to your question. I have only one consideration to add - and no solutions to offer, other than to buy him his own cheap chair to use.

    --- Please note that this is not meant to discourage anyone from adopting an older dog! ---

    An older dog may lose control of his/her bladder and you may not know it for a while. Our dear departed dalmation had lost bladder control for a few weeks before we actually knew it. We found out because, although not 'allowed' on the couch, she used it at night when we were sleeping. One morning I saw her slink off of the couch as I emerged from my bedroom.

    I gave her the usual 'what were you thinking, getting on the couch' yell, the one she looked repentant for when caught but ignored completely after we went to bed. Then I went over to the couch to brush her hair off of it and felt warm wetness. That's when we learned she had an incontinence problem.

    The vet said there was nothing he could do for her to correct it, so we had her put to sleep. It was really hard, but it was also the right thing to do.

    Afterward, we tossed the couch. A few weeks later, we removed our 'well aged' wall to wall carpet to re-sand the hard wood floors and found that there were 'reminder stains' in all her favorite sleeping spots. In our case, it was time to get a new couch and re-do the floors anyway, so it was not really an extra expense. For others, that might not be the case.
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    I went to a ladies home one time---amd there were balloons on the sofa! I asked if she was having a party, and she informed me that she puts them there when she goes out because it keeps her dogs off the couch! How she knew this....or if it works.....I don't know. Just thought I'd pass her tip along.

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    My cousin always placed a plastic dirty clothes container on her leather couch to keep her huge lab cross off...it worked... It was empty and upside down.

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    Last evening when we went up to bed, we put a ladder-back chair with the back out on the sofa and two pillows from the back of the sofa. When John go up (long before me), the dog had gotten up on the sofa and slipped between the pillows and the chair was sleeping behind the chair. Later when John returned from church (we go separately), he said the dog was not happy by my confining him to the kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Thanks for this idea RugosaB, I'm going to try this last ditch effort on my youngest Boxer, he has a thing for shoes I have even made a paste with Cayenne Pepper & spread it on Crocs it didn't faze him!!
    I should add:
    If you try this make sure you wash your hands really really well because even the slightest smell of the Vicks is enough to make him avoid you and dislike you because of the way you smell.
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    Why is he getting up on the sofa?

    Our last dog loved to look out the living room window. The only way she could see was from the sofa. We move the sofa and put an old chair near the window, she was happy to have her own place to watch the world go by.

    Oscar is much the same. He likes to be able to see outside. If the sofa is away from the window, he does not get up on it. He lays on the floor in front of the family room sofa, but if he could see out a window from it, I am sure he would climb up.
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    Just yesterday, after a big snow, I was reminded of another way I make my dogs avoid something with Vics.

    When it snows, my dogs pee on our deck, probably because it looks the same as the yard, and it's closer and they don't have to walk through a foot of snow to get where they want to be.

    I take about 3 of extra metal feeding bowls, put Vics on the bottom, and lay them upside down around the deck. I think the smell is strong enough to make them want to get away from that area of the deck, and worth walking through the yard

    In the front yard, where the dogs can't get to, there was a stray cat that used to like relaxing on the futon on the porch. A few pieces of paper towel with Vics has gotten rid of the cat hair on my cushions.
    A way to get rid of the kitty, but not hurting it.
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    You also might try crating him. He might like being in his own space. Just make sure you have his own blanky in there and when you come home really praise him and play or take him for a walk.

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    The Vicks has worked like a charm! Wish I had known about this when he was a puppy & had a taste for my wooden furniture. Thanks again & again for the tip!
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