You have brought home your new best friend, and he is fluffy and furry. He is sweet and wants to sit on the couch with you because he is so in love with you and just wants to be everywhere you are. Many dog owners start off allowing their puppies on the furniture and then regretting it later. When an adult dog takes over the entire couch leaving you wondering where you get to sit, you may regret not training your puppy to stay off of the furniture sooner.
Some dogs, on the other hand, are too small to sit on the couch alone. Without pet steps to help them safely get off furniture, small dogs tend to try to jump on the couch or are left on a couch and then fall off or jump off, causing injuries. The best way to avoid this is to train your puppy at a young age to stay off of the couch at least wait until you invite him up. This will help keep him safe while also following your rules and remaining obedient.
Discouraging sitting on your couch is going to require consistency and training by introducing your puppy to what he could do and reminding him that he's not allowed to do so. Start training your puppy to stay off of your couch as soon as you bring him home. He's going to want to go wherever you go, including your furniture. Another way to encourage your little guy to not sit on your couch is to give him an option of a better place to be beside your couch. Give your dog soft, comfortable bedding in your family room near your couch so he can be with you but not right next to you. Allow him to sleep in that room and place toys in that room so he can visit with you when you are in that room alone or with company.
Conditioning your puppy to stay off of your couch will take some time and practice. You may consider scheduling a few training sessions throughout your day to remind him of the rules keeping them fresh on his mind all day long. Be sure to have that special place set up for him before you set your expectations with your pup. Reward-based training for positive behavior is a great way to train a puppy. Redirect when he chooses not to follow your rules and reward him when he does a good job and is obedient and off of your couch.