Once Fido discovers how comfortable the sofa is, you might have a hard time keeping him off it. To make matters worse, you might find yourself constantly cleaning dog hair off the sofa. Rather than allowing your dog on the sofa, teach him to stay off it. Not only will you have your sofa back, you’ll spent less time cleaning up after your furry pal.
One way to keep Fido off the sofa is by blocking his access to the room. Close the door to the room with the sofa, or use a baby gate in the entrance of the room, so your furry pal can’t get to his favorite lounging area.
No Room for Fido
If there’s no room on the sofa, Fido won’t be able to sit or lay down on it. Place boxes or other items on top of the sofa so there’s no room left for your dog. When he notices the boxes, he might just decide to go relax elsewhere.
Comfy Pet Bed
Fido might be using the sofa because he doesn’t have another comfortable area to rest in. To prevent this, place a dog bed in the same room as the sofa and encourage your pet companion to use it. When he does, consistently praise and reward him to motivate him to continue using the dog bed.
Startling Fido is one way to get him off the sofa. For this method to be effective, you must use it consistently and watch your dog like a hawk. When you catch him jumping on the couch, sound an air horn, shake a can of coins or blow a whistle to startle him. When making the noise, stand in an area where Fido can’t see you, because you want him to associate the noise with his sofa-jumping behavior and not with you. When your pet companion jumps to the floor, redirect him to his dog bed and praise him when he uses it. Eventually, your dog will prefer the dog bed over the sofa, because it has pleasant consequences.
Although it can be frustrating to constantly remove your dog from the sofa, getting angry and physically punishing your dog isn’t effective and might only make your dog fear you. Yelling at your dog or hitting him when you catch him on the couch won’t work, because you have to catch your dog in the act, and not after the fact. If you punish or correct your dog after he’s been on the sofa for an hour, you’re too late.