Post # 1
Fellow doggy owners: do you allow your pooch on your furniture? (bonus points for photos)
When we first got our dog, we swore we wouldn’t allow it…but as a cute lil puppy, that was hard to do :/ …and when I was pregnant with DD and had to spend days on end resting due to complications, he was my sofa-buddy.
Once we had our DD, we stopped allowing him on the furniture simply because we didn’t want him to jump on her, or get tons of fur on the sofa. ..and now whe have a light coloured furniture set, and REALLY don’t want them to get grimey.
Rufus would never try to get on the furniture when we’re home now, but when we leave for the day, I have to put lots of pillows on the sofa, loveseat & chair so he doesn’t lounge there all day (and some days, I will come home to a pillow on the floor and a pile of fur on the couch). He’s such a bum sometimes!
So why do you or don’t you let your pup on the furniture? I have to admit that I do miss the occasional snuggle time with pup on the couch, but I’d also rather not have our furniture hairy and smelly.. lol
(not really looking for advice on this thread, just interested in what others allow!)
Rufus, when he was allowed on the sofa…
Post # 2
I shed more than our dog does, so he is definitely welcome on the furniture 🙂
Post # 3
Yes and no. Our pups are only allowed on our leather sofa because it doesn’t retain smell and is easy to clean.
Like you, we said no dogs on the furniture at all — ever. And for a year that was true, and then once all the training was done, we decided that they could be invited up into the leather couch. We also have a lab, that doesn’t really have any ‘doggy’ smell and only blows his coat 1-2x a year, so I know there are people much worse off than me.
This is him after I was gone at work for like 10 hours and so he was less than thrilled with how long no one had been paying attention to him.
Post # 4
urchin: We do. She even sleeps in our bed with us!
We actually bought our couch in a dark color and in an easy-to-clean fabric (microfiber) because we were getting a dog. Plus, I love snuggling with her. If we didn’t let her on the couch or bed, I’d have to lay on the floor with her? No thanks.
BUT, our dog is hypoallergenic (she’s a Goldendoodle), so that definitely helps. If she was a huge shedder, I don’t know if I’d feel the same way about allowing her all over everything.
Here she is, running the show, as always.
Post # 5
We don’t let the dogs on our furniture. We don’t want to sit in dog hair and we don’t want our guests to have to either. Also, our couches are leather and their nails would scratch it easily. Our dogs have their own bed and blankets and seem pretty content. We still give our dogs tons of cuddles though and will often create a big nest on the ground for all of us to snuggle.
Post # 6
beeintraining: Aw! What a cute pup!
annb9: She looks so proud of herself! I love that dogs seem to get this “yah, what, this is my couch” attitude. You guys must have a big bed? I wouldn’t be able to sleep with our dog in the bed!
Post # 7
urchin: our dog Daisy is not allowed on any furniture except the bed, which she never even sleeps on bc she loves her own bed so much. She will come up and hang out but when she sees we are going to sleep, she goes to her own bed.
Post # 8
Daizy914: We have a couple of beds for Rufus as well. He sleeps in our room with us, on his own bed, and also has one in the livingroom too, so he’s always part of the family. He sometimes will choose to “go to bed” without us in the evening and retires to his bed in our bedroom.
Post # 9
urchin: lol, Daisy too, she has three beds. So spoiled!!!! When Daisy is super tired, she will go to bed without us too but she hates to go to bed alone so she will pace back and forth from the bedroom to the living room, hinting to us “hey, um, its bedtime”
She also hates when DH and I are in seperate rooms – if I am in the bedroom and DH is in the living room, she will go back and forht between each rooms.
Post # 10
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Nope, our dog is never allowed on the furniture. Ever. We practice NILIF, and to allow him on the couch would completely contradict that training. Our dog has a naturally hyper nervous system, so establishing that we are “the boss” is important for his wellbeing and the sanity of everyone in the house.
Post # 11
Our dog is not allowed on furniture. On occasion we tell him to jump up and let him, but very rarely. He does have his own couch (DH’s college sofa we never tossed) that we gave him and he gets on that whenever he wants. He’s very good about never getting on any other piece of furniture though.
Post # 12
lovekiss: I really believe there is a dominance factor when it comes to what dogs percieve when they are allowed on furniture. Rufus is much more of a “jerk” when he is allowed on the furniture. He becomes less obedient and tries to push the limits more and more… keeping him off the couch seems to set boundaries and lets him know who is boss.
Post # 13
Our dog is always allowed on the furniture. Maybe I’d change my mind if I had nice furniture, but I doubt it. To me it’s more important to be able to snuggle with our dog and have her be happy up with us than to shell out big bucks on a fancy couch, but that’s my priorities for you! We vacuum, so I don’t see the concern about fur.
She just loves it. She does parkour off of it when she’s really excited and her favourite spot is watching tv with her head on a pillow on the couch in front of the television. When we tell her it’s time for bed she bolts to the bedroom, up onto the bed, and snuggles down at the foot until we’re ready to get up. I honestly can’t imagine her not being allowed!!
Post # 14
We let our dogs on the furniture but they’re not hairy, big or smelly, they only weigh 5 lbs each 🙂
Post # 15
We ended up getting a dark leather couch bc our dogs ruined our beige cloth couch. In our formal living room we put in a charcoal cloth couch and a ton of pillows to deter them from laying on that one. The one battle we can’t seem to win is the bed. we have two large dogs and two cats. At any point in time there is a combination of the four of them sleeping up there. It’s like a zoo and they leave my husband and I no room to sleep!!