Post # 1
Long story short, I had my dog Chloe trained to stay off the furniture until about a year ago. I had a roommate for a bit who just let the dog get on the couch whenever she wanted (even though I told him so many times not to let her), so she started thinking it was ok. Now the roommate is gone, but Chloe still gets on the couch all the time. I think she knows it’s not allowed, because she never does it when I’m watching. The couple times I’ve caught her I yelled at her and promptly put her in her crate. But I know she does it all the time when I’m not home. There’s always dog hair all over the furniture – and now she apparently has decided the couch fabric is super tasty, because she licks the couch and leaves a huge nasty wet spot!
Saying “no” and putting her in the crate when I caught her is how she was taught to stay off furniture when she was a puppy, but that doesn’t work anymore. Short of crating her whenever I’m not home, which I really don’t want to do, I have no idea how to keep her off the couch. Anyone have any suggestions on how to teach her this is not ok? If nothing else, I want her to quit licking the darn couch!
Post # 3
Our dog licks the couch too. It starts with her paws (which absolutely must be licked clean before she puts her face on them) and then she licks the place where her paws were (cleanliness is important to her). We put her on the couch on purpose though. Is there something you can spray on the couch to make it taste nasty? We used to put tabasco sauce on the counters to get our other dog to not lick them. It would probably ruin your couch though.
ETA: We put towels on the couch when our dog is wet (like right now cuz I gave her a bath two hours ago) and she will lick those instead of the couch. Could you put towels on the couch when you’re gone? It might make her think its more ok for her to be up there though.
Post # 4
@ladydawg86: You shouldnt use the crate as a form of punishment because their crate is supposed to be their “safe” place. Also, punishment does nor generally work for digs bc they usually do not understand WHY they are being punished. You need to find a way to make jumping on the couch an unpleasant experience. Maybe put something that will make an unpleasant noise if the dog jumps on the couch so they will associate the unpleasant noise/experience with the couch and they will not want to jump up anymore. I honestly cannot think of anything you could use while you are not at home, but if you catch them while you are at home try using a loud horn or something. I know it sounds ridiculous but with time they will associate the unpleasant experience with your couch and will avoid the couch.
Post # 5
Both my mom and a friend of mine were able to train their dogs not to sit on the couch by designating an extra armchair in the room that’s just for the dog. Sort of a compromise with the dogs, I guess
Post # 6
I agree, you shouldn’t use a crate as a punishment. My dog is a couch dog (this actually goes against her specific training, but I figure that as long as she gets off and stays off when she’s told to she’s fine) and licks it when she’s sleeping.
I would try having her umbilical while you’re doing stuff around the house. That way she can’t get on it. Then I would crate her for when you’re not home until she figures out she’s not supposed to be on the couch.
Post # 7
I agree–don’t crate for punishment.
Try using something like a squirt bottle and squirt her whenever she jumps up. Like a PP said, making the jumping unpleasant will go farther than trying to punish her for something she doesn’t understand.
Our dogs sleep on the furniture, and we figure there are worse things in the world ;). They actually haven’t ruined anything.
Post # 8
I’ve heard aluminum foil on the couch works. The noise and texture freaks them out. Or bubble wrap. I agree on the crate thing though, the dog doesn’t understand the connection between crate and couch so punishing that way is just going to make the crate a bad place. A squirt bottle or can of coins when you are home also works, at least it did for our dog.
Post # 9
Well, my dog still goes in her crate on her own whenever she feels like it, so I don’t think my putting her in there has made it a “bad place”. But ok, I get it. No crate.
Already tried the aluminum foil thing, and it didn’t work. She just got up there anyway and knocked the foil on the floor. I tried the spray bottle thing to keep her out of the trash when she was a puppy, and now she’s so terrified of spray bottles that she pees on the floor whenever she sees one. So not trying that again.
Thanks for the suggestions, I may just have to give up and live with it. I guess as long as she’s not destroying the furniture I should just get over it.
Post # 10
Get a mat like the ones you use under a rolling chair, and put it on the furniture spike side up. My cousin did it with her dogs and it worked like a charm!
Post # 11
@MrsMcMahan: This. I’ve seen it done many times and has worked.
I know someone that had side railings for like a bed that were metal and she put them on the furniture. It was uncomfy to sit on and loud if they knocked it off. Kept her dogs off.
Post # 12
I second the foil suggestion – worked a miracle to train my husbands dog to stay off my couch when she use to be able to get on it 🙂
Post # 13
This is what we used- you roll it out and turn it on. When any pressure is put on it, it emits a high pitched noise that surprises the dog and they leave it alone.
Post # 14
Try getting a new, ultra soft dog bed and put it right beside the couch. Give her a treat whenever she lays on the dog bed.
Post # 15
@ladydawg86: Laundry baskets. My parents did that with their lab and it worked.
Post # 16
I have a friend that uses sheets of crinkly foil to keep her dogs off the couch. They are scared of the crinkly sound and the movement. Assuming your dog doesn’t like that, this is an option. You would just roll it up when you are home and spread it back out the next day. You need a lot of foil though, not just a few tiny sheets.