Post # 1
Here’s the story. When I first got my dog he was allowed on all furniture except beds. My BF never really liked that idea but it was my place so he dealt with it. Fast forward 2 years, I have purchased a condo and we now live together. With the new condo came new furniture yadda yadda and I trained the dog to stay off the furniture.
But recently, I have started to feel guilty because I don’t get the “cuddle” time in with my poochie. Any others dealing with this? How do you handle cuddling if the dog is not allowed on the furniture?
Post # 3
Cuddle on the floor? lol We have a blue heeler and he sheds like crazy so hes not allowed on the furniture
Post # 4
lol Actually, yes. Like Honeybear said, if we want to cuddle we sit on the floor. 🙂
Post # 5
oh my, I’m going through this right now too. We’re expecting our baby in a few weeks so we’ve slowly been restricting the dog’s space. Before they had full reign of the place and could get up on all the furniture, hang out wherever etc. But now our house has turned into the land of many dog gates. I bought them some cushy new dog beds and they seem to like them well enough, but like you I feel sort of guilty, even though I know it’s 100% for the best.
Post # 6
My dogs have their own chair. It is a leather chair so it’s easier to wash and that is the only furniture they are allowed on besides their dog beds. If I want to cuddle I either sit on the floor or sit with them on their chair. I had to share a recent picture
Post # 7
@Roxy: I like that idea. Did you have a hard time training them to understand they could only get on THAT chair? Did you do anything special? I’m just wondering if he’d be confused…
Post # 8
@jjilyeah- My black and white border collie will be 2 in June but she is smarter than most people I know. We would just keep showing her the chair and give her a treat or praise when sitting on her chair. If she would try the other couches after a couple of times of being corrected she got it. I felt awful because I didn’t want to confuse her but she picked it up pretty quickly. My mostly black border collie is 13 weeks so this is all very new to her so we are trying to teach her the same (hopefully she gets it too)
Post # 9
We have the good couch that the dog can’t get on, and the old couch that is fair game.
Post # 10
@eeniebeans – How do you teach them to distinguish the two? We have the same situation, and our puppy (he’s only about 4 months) just jumps up on both now!!
Post # 11
We let our dog on the couches, and we actually feel bad when we go to other people’s houses and our dog is jumping up on all of their furniture.
Post # 12
I wrote a SUPER similar post back in january! I let my dog up on everything when I lived alone but when we got new furniture FI and I agreed we didn’t want him ruining it (he tends to lick his paws and leave wet spots and its gross and stains and… yea you get the point!). The first few weeks were REALLY hard because he didn’t understand why he wasn’t allowed up anymore and he constantly moped in a way I felt like he thought he was being punished.
But then…… it just kinda clicked. He doesn’t seem too interested in the furniture anymore and happily lays at our feet. We make a point of getting down on the ground to play with him at least once/day, which he LOVES, he still gets his walks every day with me, and we have an exception for when he is “invited up.” Which means we are allowed to pick him up and put him on us on the couch, but he can’t come up on his own. I thought it might get confusing for him but it really doesn’t seem to be. He seems happy when I pick him up and put him on my lap but usually less than 15 min later he jumps down and gets comfy on the carpet. I think he maybe even likes it better?
In our bedroom he is still allowed on the bed (my thought: I can wash the sheets and comforter all the time so he isn’t really ruining anything), but he almost never gets up there. He has a bed in the corner he prefers. 🙂
Post # 13
I have an old blanket that I lay across the couch for the times when my dog can come and snuggle. When she sees me pull it out of the closet she does a little happy dance b/c she knows she can wallow on the couch to her heart’s content. I have a leather sectional and I am scared her nails will scratch it up. The rest of the time she happily stretches out on the floor b/c she likes the feel of the cool wood on her belly