Fido is only little. You can easily pick him up and carry him if he’s feeling lazy or you’re feeling needy. However, it does mean he is somewhat timid and scared in some situations. For example, he looks uneasy when it comes to the stairs. He also doesn’t like sitting high up where he has a reasonable drop to get down, such as on the couch. Now you can understand his fear, but you got a dog partly so you could cuddle up with him on the couch in the evenings.
Training Fido to sit on the couch with you will be useful for a number of reasons. Firstly and most importantly, you will be able to get comfy and close when you’re favorite TV show starts. Secondly, you may help show him that he can jump up onto and over objects all by himself, building his confidence.
Training a small dog to sit on the couch is thankfully pretty straightforward. The challenge comes in showing him that he is capable of leaping up there and sitting with you. So you may need to give him some assistance and build up his jumping capabilities. You will also need to find the right incentive for joining you. It may be that simply sitting and playing with you is enough. However, food and toys may also be required to give him that extra motivation.
If Fido is a puppy then he should be particularly receptive. This means he could be sitting comfortably with you in just a couple of days. However, if he’s older with weak legs and a fear of heights then you may need a couple of weeks. Get this training right and you’ll never have to watch The Big Bang Theory alone again.
Before Fido can join you, you need to make sure you have a few things. A stool or step may be required to begin with. You’ll also need some toys and a generous supply of treats.
You only need 5 minutes or so each day to train. Note training before meal times may give him some extra motivation. Also, make sure the couch doesn’t have anything sharp or fragile close by that Fido may break.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!