Animal lovers consider their pets a part of the family, especially dogs. They are family members, but unlike humans, they have claws, sharp teeth and they can destroy furniture within seconds flat if not properly trained. They deserve a comfy place to sleep and enjoy watching the outside world, but it is important to protect human belongings. After all, furniture is not disposable, it is not always easy to repair and it can be quite expensive. Use these easy ways to keep a big dog off of a couch, and protect it from total destruction. Let your dog rule your house and your furniture, and you will be living in a kennel instead of a home.
Do Not Put the Couch in Front of a Window
Dogs like to sleep on soft and comfy surfaces, but they do not use a couch solely for rest and relaxation. A window to a dog is like a television to a human. They watch and wait for something to go by or someone to come to the door. Windows provide entertainment, and if you provide a platform, they will most certainly use it to their advantage. When trying to keep a big dog off of a couch, do not place it in front of a window. They do not necessarily want to destroy furnishings, but their claws will dig into the fabric, no matter how short they are. Before you know it, the fabric will rip, and the stuffing will be all over the floor.
Give Him a Comfy Bed of His Own
If you want to keep your big dog off of your couch, give him a comfy bed of his own. He will know that it is his the moment it is placed on the floor. Surround his bed with dog toys to signify his territory, and encourage him to use the bed. At the same time, do not encourage him to get up on your couch, even if you are on it. If you allow him to do it one time, he will not understand why he cannot do it when company arrives. Remain consistent, and make it off limits from the very start.
Use Training Spray on a Rag in Off-Limit Locations
When your dog is no longer a puppy and he has been using your couch as a podium for gazing out of the window and as a bed to sleep on whenever he chooses, do not expect him to willingly give it up because you are telling him no. It might take a little bit of help from a can of training spray to get the point across. Buy spray especially designed to deter dogs from going near certain areas inside of the home. Follow product directions, and instead of spraying it directly on the fabric, spray it on a rag instead. If the dog is repulsed by the odor, he will stay off of the couch. The rag can be moved as necessary, and when the product is used properly, it will not damage the furniture.
Source: Large Dog Owner, Heather Coleman