It's not hard to keep your Bully off the couch while you are at home to stop him. But, when you come home day after day from work to find the throw pillows all over the floor and dog hair covering the couch, well something has to be done. While many dog owners take this all in as part of having furry four-legged family member, not everyone wants to deal with this. Bear in mind, it is not mean for you to keep your pup off the furniture.
Although your Pittie is a member of the family, this doesn't automatically give him dibs on the couch no matter whether you are home or he is home alone. Keep in mind, your pooch likes to be on the couch because it is a lot more comfortable than the floor--just like you. Of course, you could just as easily buy him his own cushy bed. This would leave him with no reason to get on the couch, at least in your mind.
Most dogs will do things because they feel as though they are getting some type of reward for doing them. For example, they play fetch with you which is all the reward they need, they eat and the reward is a full tummy, they climb on the couch because it is comfortable. Start working on this training from the moment your dog starts looking like he is trying to jump up on the couch. By never letting him get up on the couch in the first place, you might not even need to work on training him to stay off at all. Be sure everyone in the family works with you on the training process to help speed it up and make it more successful.
If Grover has already been getting up on the couch, be prepared to spend a few weeks working with him until he finally understands that getting up on the couch or any other furniture is strictly a "no-no." For this, you may need to teach him commands such as "No", "Get Down" and "Stay Down" Along the way you may also find the following supplies come in handy:
Along with these items, you are also going to need a lot of time and patience as it may take poor Fido a few weeks to understand the couch is now off limits to him.
Keeping her off the couch! Barking at a household member all of a sudden! What could be causing this?
Hello Ellman, A variety of things could be causing the barking. If there was a fight, pup may feel suspicious of the person because of that. Pup may be acting possessive of another family member and not wanting the one they bark at to go new that person - viewing the person they are possessive of as theirs, like they would a toy. Pup may be resource guarding an object and the person they are barking at is someone they don't trust or respect. The person may have done something to break pup's respect, like bother them while eating, punish them harshly. A medical condition or unusual scent or behavior could also be detected by pup and making them uneasy. I recommend working with an animal behaviorist or a trainer who specializes in behavior issues who can evaluate pup's behavior around that person and other family members, get a thorough history of your dog and their relationship with the person they are barking at, and see if a cause can be determined and addressed. For the couch, also check out this article. Often you need a combination of things, like Leave It when you are home, and enforcing pup staying off when you aren't there also. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-train-dog-stay-off-couch/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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