(Closed) MIL and FIL spoiling our dog! It’s affecting her behavior. Kinda long.

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

chairs on the couches at night… or anything big. I personally don’t let my dogs stay with people who can’t follow the rules just for that reason. How about having someone else watch her when you are gone?

Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@JRL2012:  agreed. Tell his parents if they can’t respect your rules, then they will no longer be able to watch her for you

Post # 5
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sweetpea87:  Our dogs know our house rules. When they go to Grandma’s, they know they have no rules. This is only a problem if you let it be. Dogs are smarter than you might realize and can know the difference between two houses. Sometimes they’ll come home after we’ve been on vacation and try to get away with a few things, but we immediately discipline them and they quickly shape up. I like that they can go run around and act like real dogs at Grandma’s, and she has other dogs, so I know they’re having a good time, but we make absolutely sure that they know once they walk into our house, they better not even look at the couch! 

They are both 6 now, and stay with my Mother-In-Law frequently, so they very rarely act up once they get home anymore. They know we mean business and Grandma means fun. 


Post # 7
1556 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That s*cks. I had similar issues with my parents and my dog. When I first had my dog he never begged (well except when he knew he I was near the treat jar). He was so good for 2 years. He never had people food so he never saw the need to beg for it. He also was not allowed on the furniture, he had his own furniture. Well he was allowed on the bed in the morning and thats it. I switched jobs and started to levae him at my parents and now he begs, lays all over the furniture etc. He’s better at home, and is better about obeying the rules but when he goes over my parents’ house he gets the “grand-kid treatment” and is basically allowed to do whatever and gets stuffed with cheese. *sigh*. I’ve just kept my mouth shut because I would rather have them watch him than anyone else. As far as the couch thing goes, I would ask them to not let her on the couch, and I would probably make the cushions into barracades at night at your own place. Taking food off the counter is never fine and I would voice this to them especially. She could swipe something dangerous like chocolate or grapes. Maybe if you explain to them that this is opening the gateway for such things to happen they’ll stop it. I know greyhounds usually suffer from sore joints and stuff, esp. rescued ones, does she have a nice comfy bed of her own? I have a bed for my dog on both floors of the house since he likes to be near his human, that way he always has a place to lay. Oh, and my dog has learned the difference between the two houses and knows he doesn’t get so much liberty when he’s home.

Post # 8
9 posts

My mom swears by putting a sheet of aluminum foil on the couch while she is away. When she gets home, she just folds up the sheet up and puts it under the couch until the next day. She claims that something about the sound or feeling of the dogs nails on tinfoil acts as a deterrent and they stay off the couch.

I know that does address the root problem, but its an easy and cheap way to keep the dog off the couch until you figure out what to do.

Post # 10
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Go to drs. foster and smith website-they have these scat mats to put on your couch-they give the dogs a mild harmless shock when they get on the couch. That should stop the behavior. But I would not let the dog go to your IL’s if they can’t follow the rules. My family/friends know they have to upload how we trained our dogs or they don’t get to watch her. Also, crate your dog at night so she can’t get on the couch.

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