Post # 1
We have a vizsla that loves to burrow into everything. We moved about two months ago and bought a new couch since the old one was smelling pretty rank and dogified from being used as a dog bed. To try and preserve this couch we bought a really nice dog blanket/couch cover thinking we could just throw it in the wash whenever things got smelly. Wrong! Our dog just digs himself under the couch blanket and sleeps there whenever we aren’t at home.
Any help on how to keep a dog on TOP of the couch blanket? Or is this a lost cause and I should just wash him constantly to try to keep the dog smell out of our new couch? I tried using upholstery screws to keep the blanket in place but he dug away at the blanket until it came loose and pulled some threads out of the couch in the process. Keeping him out of the living room is not an option unfortunately. 🙁
Post # 3
I’ve heard some dogs hate aluminum foil so if you put a long piece of it over the couch when you’re gone, it could keep him from jumping on the couch at all. Worth a try at least.
Post # 4
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@mg1363: I could see how they wouldn’t like to walk on aluminum foil…. but if they weren’t home and the dog ended up eating the foil that could be really really bad.
OP, what about an entire couch cover that fits your couch? Have you tried bed bath & beyond? They’re kind of pricey, but a nicely made one that fits snuggly on your couch might be worth it? Otherwise perhaps crate your dog when you aren’t home (I can see why you wouldn’t want to). Maybe confine your dog to one room, like your bedroom?
Post # 5
@mg1363: I might try the aluminum foil trick when I’m home to see what happens. Thanks!
@FutureDrAtkins: Maybe that is what we’ll have to do 🙁 I tried putting another blanket on top of the couch blanket – thinking maybe he’d just burrow under the first one – but nope, he prefers to be all the way onto the couch.
We can’t keep him in a bedroom because he does the same thing with beds – burrows under all the covers. Our last mattress was ruined because of that (we’re talking huge potholes dug out of the mattress) so he’s been banned from the rooms when we aren’t there to keep an eye on him.
Seems like other people have dogs on their couches and don’t suffer from smelly couch syndrome. Is our dog especially stinky? He gets a bath about two to three times a month.
Post # 6
I have a friend who did the aluminum foil thing and it really worked. Start putting it on the couch even while your home (in the spots where you aren’t sitting obviously) and it shouldn’t be a problem when you aren’t home. Eventually, you won’t have to put it on the couches anymore and they should stay off.
Post # 7
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@cali_cat: Seems like your dog might be excessively stinky 🙁 My dogs haven’t had a bath since the summer and I don’t think they have a smell to them…my mom is on her way over from out of town so I’m going to ask her to smell them when she gets here LOL (to make sure I’m just not used to them or something?) FMIL’s dog is a shitzu and she’s got a skin allergy where a certain bacteria will grow on her skin and that dog smells horrendous. Maybe your pup has a skin problem, or maybe you might want to try switching dog food?
Also, if he/she likes to burrow so much.. have you ever considered getting like a little tunnel thing? You could pile blankets and pillows all over it and recreate what they like about your bed or couch.
Post # 8
Aluminum foil worked for us for a little while. Once our dogs realized it could just fall off and won’t hurt them, they didn’t seem to be bothered by it.
It sucks cause we just renovated our living room. A few days after everything was up the dogs got onto the back of the couch and ruined our brand new, very expensive blinds 🙁 We managed to make them look kinda normal lol
Try the aluminum foil. It make work for you!
Post # 9
@cali_cat: Some dogs are oilier or stinkier than others…it can be a breed trait, or in the case of your vizla, which are not oily as a rule, an individual case that’s either genetic or diet based. If it were me, I’d stop trying to stop the dog from doing what the dog wants, which is burrow to be warm and just put the dog in a shirt during the day, so where ever the dog goes, the stank, doesn’t.
Post # 10
@cali_cat: Our dog likes to lick our couch, which in turn leaves gross marks all over it. We’ve gotten wise and we put DH’s hockey sticks on it when we aren’t home. We keep them in the coat closet nearby and it only takes 1 sec to lay them across the couch. (1 on each end because its a sectional). Sounds silly but it keeps him off!
Post # 11
Sorry I don’t have any useful ideas, but . . .
Post # 12
We have a couch cover and it really works. We used to have a couch that was the only one they were allowed on (although they get up on the other ones when no one is home!), it did get pretty smelly, my mother refused to sit on it. I don’t mind the dog smell as much 🙂 But I highly recommend the couch covers!
We have also gotten our dogs proper dog beds, and they are in the same room as the couch that is most used (not by the dogs) and they don’t get up on the couch as much, they go to their dog beds. So maybe this could help too?
Post # 13
I wish I had a trick too, we have 3 couches – 2 of which are destroyed and 1 of which is in decent condition but definitely dogified. I am dying for new furniture, but my dogs are so spoiled that I don’t know how we’ll stop them from laying on the couches – particularly when we’re gone. The biggest problem is that while we’re gone they lay on the couch and rest their heads on the back of it to look out the window, then they drool on it and claw it up when they see someone walk by. Ugh.
Post # 14
@cali_cat: Have you thought about maybe getting something that would deter him from getting on the couch at all? Something being the Scat Mat may keep him from getting on the couch (and burrowing). Otherwise, maybe crate-training him might be an option during the times no one is able to watch him.
ETA: Vizslas are not known to be smelly at all, you may want to consider taking yours to a vet to determine if something is wrong (diet, ear problems, etc can contribute to the odor problem).
Post # 15
@cali_cat: My Vizsla is the same way. We put a blanket on top of the couch and if he’s cold he’ll burrow underneath it. Have you tried the cozy cave?
Also, how does your V smell? V’s are notorious for having absolutely no dog smell, and I’ve never met one that had a dog smell? We don’t even bathe ours!
Post # 16
Do they like water. We broke our dogs of furnature surfing with a waterbottle (think cat training) We also did the whole “you jump on furniture you get crate.