Puppy and furniture access….what are your thoughts? (With Poll)

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: My dog is allowed on....
    The sofa/bed by invitation only. : (30 votes)
    19 %
    The sofa whenever he wants. : (63 votes)
    39 %
    The bed whenever he wants. : (40 votes)
    25 %
    Never on any furniture. : (23 votes)
    14 %
    Other, I will tell you below! : (6 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 31
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Currently, our dog is allowed on the sofa (but not when we are eating anything) and the bed. I know he definitely sleeps in the bed during the day while we’re at work, and he likes sitting on the couch to be able to look out the window. So I would feel kind of bad kicking him out.

    We are still pretty recently post-college so most of our furniture isn’t too expensive. Once we get a house and some better furniture, I think our plan would be so have some furniture that he can’t sit on or by invitation only, and one piece of furniture (something older or inexpensive) that he can sit on when he wants. 

    Post # 32
    289 posts
    Helper bee

    MissBridge :  I think it’s a bit odd he’s not allowed up. Mine always are. Cuddling is one of the best parts of having a pup and what real benefit do you gain from not letting her up? Dog hair will get around regardless of where she sits. I also detest crate training, dogs should feel part of the family, not the runt of it. 

    Each to their own! 

    Post # 33
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We have a cat, so it’s a little different than a giant doggo, but he still gets to be anywhere he wants whenever he wants. I wouldn’t give up my kitty snuggles for anything! He has also taken a liking to my pregnancy pillow and I have to kick him out of it daily.

    Post # 34
    3844 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    MissBridge :  Growing up, our dog was not allowed on furniture at all.  I intended to follow the same rules when we brought our puppy home (as did DH), but we quickly changed our mind.  Our dog is allowed on any furniture whenever he wants, but I don’t think it’s weird to have rules to the contrary.  Definitely personal preference. 

    Post # 35
    7778 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My husband napping in bed with our dog.

    Post # 36
    3328 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    MissBridge :  my pets go on everything when they want 

    Post # 37
    2014 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    They can go where ever they want. I love to cuddle my dogs. 

    Post # 38
    9435 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    They used to be allowed wherever they wanted basically, but after we had dd we no longer allow them on the couch when she is awake.

    Post # 39
    6443 posts
    Bee Keeper

    MissBridge :  He can be allowed on the sofa by invitation, but when he’s not annoying us eiither ha.  We do kick him off the couch as well.  He’s crated at night.  And he may never be allowed in our bed when he’s fully grown.  He’s gonna be at least 100 lbs.  Which is crazy large and FAR larger than our breeder said he would be.

    Post # 40
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    Our pups always sleep on the bed with us. The older one can jump on whenever she wishes and I trust her not to have any accidents. The younger one is too small and needs to be lifted, which I only do when she’s either laying on me/my husband, or in her own little doggy bed that’s on the bed. She’s not yet potty trained so I don’t really like to let her play on it on her own just yet. The same goes for the couch. Once the younger one is a little more mature and I can trust she won’t go potty, she’ll be free to go on the furniture, but as her legs are so short, she might always need a little assistance anyway. Both our dogs are under 5 lbs though (the younger might get a little bigger, but I don’t think by much), and tbh I’m not sure how I’d feel having a larger dog with the same behavior. 

    Post # 41
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    We just got a boxer puppy around Christmas. I was very adamant about not letting him on furniture but of course he now trying to climb on the couch/bed all the time. I do let him sit on the couch because I have throws on it, but we have been teaching him ‘off’ so he knows when we tell him that he needs to get down. Hopefully he will continue to do so. He is pretty much only on the bed in the early mornings on weekends when he’s awake but we’re not ready to get up yet.

    Post # 42
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    MissBridge :  I started out not letting my pup on the furniture, but then I got sick of sitting on the floor for cuddles .  🙂 He’s is only allowed on the loveseat, not our large sofa, and it’s pretty much “his” now. 

    I will have to say that I am THRILLED we never let him in our bed!

    Post # 43
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    I did have more boundaries (sleeping in the crate and only allowed on the sofa) when I first got my dog.  As she became trained and I could trust her, I started giving her more privileges.  She pretty much has the run of the house now.  She’s probably on her bench looking out the window.  Lol   


    Post # 45
    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Our dogs have free access to the kitchen and living/dining room at all times. They’re only allowed in another room if we’re in it because I want to limit their chance to hide accidents haha. They sleep in bed with us at night and if they didn’t want to snuggle with me on the couch I’d be offended 😝

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