So, you can keep your dog off the couch when you are at home, but every time you go out you come home to a couch covered in hair and a dog with a really sheepish look on his face. Not all of us want our pup to take over the couch and call it his favorite napping spot. The one thing you need to know is that you don't have to feel as though you are being mean by teaching your dog to stay off the couch.
While your pup is a member of your family, this doesn't mean that he has the right to use the furniture whether you are at home or not. Of course, your dog hops up on the couch because he loved to be comfortable. Yet the reality is, that as long as you give him his own comfy bed to lie on, there is no reason why he needs to get on the couch.
Simply put, dogs tend to do things because they get some kind of reward out it. For example, they eat because the reward is a full stomach, they play fetch because they get to play with you and are rewarded with plenty of praise. Likewise, they get on your couch because it's nice and comfy.
Your dog needs to learn that sleeping somewhere other than the couch can be rewarding and that sneaking onto the couch is not. As for a command to use, the only ones you should need to teach your dog are "No!", "Get down!", and "Stay down!" The best way to keep your dog from getting up on the couch is to start when he is a puppy and never let him get used to being on the couch in the first place.
This training takes the help of your entire family. You need to make sure they all understand that at no time should anyone ever allow the dog on the couch or pick him up and put him in their lap while sitting on the couch. But, if he is already getting on the couch, you will need to teach him that this behavior is not acceptable.
If your dog has already started hopping up on the couch, it is going to take a little time to teach him to stay on the floor and use his bed. The one thing you don't want to do is punish your dog by scolding him or, worse yet, smacking him. This may only make the problem worse and many cause other behavioral problems. Depending on the training method you choose, you may need a few supplies.
The rest is time and patience. It may take your dog a few weeks to get to the point at which he will no longer get on the couch. After that, you should be able to put that lint roller away for good.
We put tinfoil on the couch so it would scare her to get off but then every time we take it off she gets back on the couch and she knows that she’s not supposed to be on the couch because every time we are there she doesn’t go on the couch and then we walk in and see her on the couch and then she immediately gets off but we know that she’s been out on there for a while
Hello Kaylee, Since pup is at the point where they know the rules but are getting on the couch when the foil isn't present any way, I suggest using a deterrent, rather than just a more neutral blocker- like the foil. Check out the article linked below and the section on "Use Deterrent". https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-train-dog-stay-off-couch/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We've only had him for a few days, when I've gone out of the room he's just sat on the floor waiting for me to return. The last time I came back in to find he had been on our lovely mahogany table, knocked several items of and got on the windowsill tearing the net curtain. He was back on the floor when I returned. Never had a rescue before. How do I stop this?
Thank you for the inquiry. Alfie is either curious and wants to see out the window, or stressed and getting into things. You want to keep him safe above all, so getting him used to a crate is ideal. I have a Rottweiler mix who used to get into everything - and destroy. We began crating him when we were out. Take a Kong, fill it with softened kibble mixed with dog-safe peanut butter (no xylitol - it's toxic!). Freeze the Kong and give it to Alfie in the crate when you leave. It won't be long that every time he sees the Kong, he'll run for the crate in anticipation. Here are a few excellent tips:https://wagwalking.com/training/crate-train-a-beagle-puppy Good luck!
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