Dogs–can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. As much joy as Fido may bring you, it can be incredibly frustrating when you can’t keep him off of the furniture. Dogs are territorial by nature, which means that they may try to claim your favorite couch as homebase if you don’t establish some clear ground rules. Still, puppies like to be comfortable, so you may have to try a few different strategies to get your point across. If you’re wondering how to keep dogs off furniture in your apartment, here’s some tactics to try:
Sometimes the only reason your puppy sleeps on the furniture is that he wants to be comfortable, so invest in a nice bed for him to lounge in could help him break the habit. Then, enlist your roomies to make sure that everyone is doing their part to keep Fido off the furniture. Dogs should never be pulled off couches or chairs. Instead, lift small dogs or puppies and place them gently on the floor. Large dogs may have to be lured off the couch, but they should be rewarded with a treat once on the ground.
Make it Inaccessible
If there’s no one to keep Fido off the furniture while you’re away from home, it’s best to make everything that’s off-limits inaccessible. You can turn over some chairs and place them on the couch or cover the sofa in cardboard boxes. If you make it difficult for Fido to jump up, he’ll soon see that the comfy dog bed is much more appealing.
Most of us have some aluminum foil around the apartment for cooking purposes, but it can also be helpful when trying to keep dogs off furniture. Begin by cutting the sheets of foil into sizes that are slightly larger than each couch cushion. Then, tuck the ends underneath each cushion so that the foil is properly anchored. The foil with make your pup uncomfortable when he tries to lay down his head, and he will learn his lesson about not lounging on the couch soon enough.
Another neat trick that will hardly cost you any money involves empty soda cans and that loose change that inexplicably piles up. All you need to do is save a few soda cans once they have been emptied, fill them with pennies and tape them shut with duct tape. When your dog is in the room, noisily throw them on the off-limits piece of furniture a few times. It should startle Fido just enough that he thinks twice about jumping up on the furniture next time.