Post # 1
I’ve always been of the opinion that if you’re going to have a dog it should be allowed on the furniture. yes, there was hair and issues and whatever… but I just like having my pup up there with me and I’m not that concerned about keeping a perfect house.
Fiance and I just moved (yay!! our first house!!) and bought a brand new (pretty expensive) sectional for our living room. We really hope to entertain more and we’re scared that if we let the dog on the furniture it’ll be impossible to get the hair off and when ppl come over they’ll be hairy. So for the last few days we’ve not let the dog on the couch. But I feel SO guilty!! I get down on the floor and play with him but its not really the same. We are still letting him on the bed because we can just wash sheets and such… although I actually feel bad about that too because he’s a corgi and he really shouldn’t be jumping off of something so high (I have tried pet steps and he refuses to use them.) So basically I’m a mess. I feel guilty for not letting him on the couch and I feel guilty for allowing him on the bed.
So I put it to the hive. Do you let your dog on the couch? On the bed? Both?
Post # 3
Charlie (our Newfoundland dog) is 140 lbs, so he takes up a large chunk of space – he is not allowed on the couches (there just wouldn’t be room along with us for his to share the space, so it is just no all the time) … but he is allowed on the bed when INVITED (usually just on the weekends, for a bit in the morning before we get moving, or when one of us gets up before the other, he will snuggle with whoever is left in bed).
He is not allowed to “invite himself” up on the bed – one of us has to direct him.
Post # 4
We plan to let him on the family room couch but not the super nice one! I’m not sure how we’re going to acheive this though…
Post # 5
If it is a small dog, I would allow it on both. If it is medium dog, I would allow it on the couch only, and if it is a big dog, I would not allow it on either. However, when you are gone, any size dog is probably going to go where they want. If you allow your dog on the furniture, I suggest laying down a blanket. It will protect your furniture and be easier to wash. You can also vacuumn the area or use a lint brush.
We had two Shi-tzu’s and they had total access to all the furniture in the house. We don’t have them anymore because they got old and passed away.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
We let our dog on both. He sheds A LOT, and to be honest, our bedspread is always coated in hair and it drives me nuts. But we love letting him cuddle with us in bed, so we don’t have the heart to kick him off.
We also let him on our (white) couch all the time, and we actually never even notice any hair on it!!! I don’t know why, but the hair just doesn’t stick to our couch at all!
Post # 7
We have 2 dogs that dont shed that are allowed on the couch and bed. The other dog sheds like crazy and Im allergic to his hair, so no couch or bed for him lol
Post # 8
@ms mini – does that actually work? the invited thing?? We were thinking of letting him on the couch when invited bc then we could just lay a blanket down and hang with him. but i worried about mixed signals.
Post # 9
Melvin, my mini poodle, is allowed on the couch and bed. Luckily poodles don’t shed so that’s not an issue. 🙂 He’s also 12 lbs, so he doesn’t take up much room at all.
Post # 10
My friend’s dog, Jackson, is only allowed up when invited. It seems to work pretty well for him, and he learned quickly that he’s not allowed to just jump up on the furniture whenever he wants. 🙂
Post # 11
We have a lhasa apso, so no shedding. Also our cat, rarely jumps on the couch or bed. If I had a dog that shed.. IDK.. I’d probably still allow but they’d have a blanket or something.
Post # 12
I was just thinking about this question last night. We used to let our dog on our bed but now we don’t. As for our couch, it’s not an expensive couch, actually it’s a really cheap couch that was a hand me down, so we don’t care if she goes on it. But once we get rid of that one and get a new couch, she won’t be able to go on the couch either.
I also, got two dog beds for her. One near the couch and one near our bed. Maybe you won’t feel guilty if she has her own little spot.
Post # 13
Our dog sheds a LOT. So, we don’t let her on the couch. It’s bad enough with 2 cats 🙂 She has her own bed though, and she never tried to jump up on the couch unless you invite her. (although in the picture, she is on the couch, so i contradict myself lol).
She’s part corgi, so she’s not able to jump up on our bed with her lil legs! She’s more than welcome on our guest room bed though, it’s much lower to the ground 🙂
Post # 14
Luke, our 60 lb Catahoula dog isn’t allowed on our bed or the couch. So we got him his own comfy bed and he loves that. He always puts his paws up on our bed and makes us feel guilty, but that’s about as far as he goes with that.
Does he have his own bed? Maybe you could try that and put it right next to the couch so he doesn’t feel left out and he has his own comfy space.
Post # 15
Our Golden sleeps at night on our bed but goes on NONE of the other furniture. Given his breed/temperment, this was a really easy thing to teach him – but I can imagine for others it might be difficult to teach one without the other.
I only began letting him on the bed because my Fiance is gone a lot for hunting and he keeps me warm and comfy next to me when I sleep alone. So I did it out of my own selfish reasons.
Lots of people don’t care for dogs in beds – to each their own. We jsut wash our coverlet weekly and don’t have much issue since he sleeps by our feet.
@Miss Chocolate – My parents have a Catahoula 🙂
Post # 16
I have bought two different beds for him and he refuses to use them!! I tried different tricks like putting them where he already lays, me laying on it for a few hours while watching tv so it smells like me, covering it in a sheet… he knows its for DOGS and wants no part of it. lol