(Closed) Can't keep my dog off the couch – any suggestions?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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 Smile

Post # 6
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

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
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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 # 10
45 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 14
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ladydawg86:  Laundry baskets. My parents did that with their lab and it worked.

Post # 16
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

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