How do you keep pets off of the sofa?

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Anybody have a good way to keep a dog off the sofa?
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  • Bill Bill on Dec 12, 2016
    We set a couple or more of mouse traps. Set one first and show it to your dog and then drop it on the floor. When it go off they make a snapping noise which may hopefully scare your dog. After your dog sets off the traps when they attempt to get on the sofa, you may be able to just set the trap unset on the sofa.

  • Susan Clements Brown Susan Clements Brown on Dec 12, 2016
    Sorry but I gave up on that. Now I keep an old comforter on the sofa and loveseat and anywhere else the beast like to lay. When company comes I whisk the comforters off and all is well. I also got leather furniture. A little leather conditioner and the furniture is good as new.

    I figure my dogs live in my house. My company doesn't. Don't like dog fur? Don't come over.

  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Dec 12, 2016
    Mouse traps! What happens if pet gets caught in one? My thought take a plastic runner. You know with the plastic tips put that on the sofa. Won't injure the pets but they don't like it. If that doesn't work , water bottle on the stream setting not the spritz setting.

  • Thats tuff if you haven't trained them from the beginning... once they have been taught to get on furniture sometimes it's almost impossible to make them stop. sort of like having children if you don't start early and be firm and stick to it...you have problems later that you can't change just like most people feed table food to dogs and then they can't figure out why they beg or steal off the table or counter

  • Carmen Carmen on Dec 12, 2016
    I was afraid of that! Lol!

  • Susan Susan on Dec 12, 2016
    Get the dog a bed of his own, place it near the sofa. When you catch him on the sofa, use a very serious and stern voice to tell him "OFF"! As soon as his feet are on the floor toss a favorite cookie/treat on his new bed and as soon as he sets foot on the bed, give lots of praise. A few times later, tell him to "go bed!" and when he does, cookie and praise. This process may take a week or so but he'll learn. Don't yell or strike him. Make lying on his bed a joyous event.

    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Dec 16, 2016
      Good advice and thanks for being an animal lover. My problem is, my pekingese loves to lay on the back of the sofa and look out the window. She supervises the neighborhood and if that dog could talk......she sees it all.

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 12, 2016
    Good training. We are doing this right now with our new puppy. You can start at a later age, you just need a week or two to be very on top of your dog every time he looks even interested in the couch tell him no and lead him away. He'll get the idea pretty quickly you may have to fold up the cushions when your not around for a few months, because when the owners away the dogs do play.

  • Judy Judy on Dec 12, 2016
    I've used tin foil (Reynolds Wrap) for a many years. I tear off pretty good sizes and place them on the seat of my couch, and arm chairs. It not only keeps the dogs off it also keeps the cats off. It's the sound they don't like.

  • Carmen Carmen on Dec 12, 2016
    Thanks. My little maltipoo is 4 years old and very willful! I also thought about putting a sheet of bubble wrap on the sofa since he doesnt like it.

  • Nicolette Spargo Nicolette Spargo on Dec 14, 2016
    Carmen,
    It is so hard for me to say no to their cute faces! I applaud you for standing your ground :)

  • Sam Sam on Dec 14, 2016
    you could still teach him w one of those training collars that give them a little zap when they are being naughty. also most animals do not like citrus smell.

  • Mgwouden Mgwouden on Dec 15, 2016
    i buy two fitted twin sheets for my sofa. They cost $5.00 each at Walmart. I buy matching fitted sheets. I put them on the seat part and on the raised part. It is cheaper than those pet covers for sofas. The fitted goes around the cushions easy and the raised part. They stay in place. They are washable. Plus you can change the color scheme of your living room.

    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Dec 21, 2016
      You are a sweetie! My little Pekingese' favorite spot is on the back of the couch to monitor the neighborhood. I don't like it but may try your sheet suggestion. I have never liked dogs on furniture. They go outside, their feet have 'stuff' on them. I don't like to go to peoples houses where dogs get on furniture. Can you imagine what it would look like if we went outside and laid on the ground and came in and plopped on the couch. She isn't my equal, she's my dog. But, she's faithful, she gets the best of everything else and I love the little rascal. Thanks for that suggestion and Penny thanks you, too.

  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Dec 15, 2016
    I bought my cat a bed and put it on the sofa. He likes it, and it keeps most of the fur in his bed, not on the sofa.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 15, 2016
    Set mouse/rat traps in reverse up against the back cushions. They will set them off and not get hurt. They will learn it is not fun.

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    • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 20, 2016
      Agreed, I stopped setting them after a while to, Just their presence did the trick. Dog's learned quicker and longer lasting than the cats.

  • Norman Wittevrongel Norman Wittevrongel on Dec 16, 2016
    put the couch in the house

  • Susan Susan on Dec 17, 2016
    Lynn, I spent years training my 70 lb dog in dog sports, obedience, rally, etc. While I believe in a certain amount of obedience, I finally came to realize I need to train him for what's good for me. Just me. Example: I spent years jumping around like a lunatic, yelling, etc. because he rubs against my comforter and bed ruffle. One day I realized in a few short years he wouldn't be around to leave hair on my comforter. Went to Ikea, bought a couple of cheap/washable duvet covers -problem solved.
    For your Pete perhaps covering back of sofa with some cheap, Walmart throws and letting her do her supervising will work. I've developed hard and fast rules - no jumping on people. That will buy you a time out. Come when I call. Every single time. No exception. But I also allow lots of hound -dog -nose sniffing time. They have such short lives so I make allowances where I can.

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    • Vc Blackwell Vc Blackwell on Dec 24, 2016
      Brava! Sensible!

  • Bunny Bunny on Dec 17, 2016
    From Home Depot, I bought the long plastic, clear runner, at whatever length your sofa seats are. The runner has these little pointy bumps on the underside to adhere to the carpet you're trying to protect. Place it on your sofa with the Pointy Side Up! Your dog will hate it and never sit there again!

  • Susan Susan on Dec 21, 2016
    I so much agree with everything you said. I can only say, "Me, too!" Right down to the part of walking with a friend that gets irritated. Except for one friend who occasionally walks with us, I actually prefer to walk alone with my dog. I'm a lot less tense, able to watch him more closely, and more able to just enjoy his joy in doing dog things.

  • Mgwouden Mgwouden on Dec 21, 2016
    I know it doesn't keep the pets off the furniture, but it does keep your sofa cleaner.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 02, 2022

    You'll have to have your dog trained and keep re-inforcing it until it gets the message. If you need to find a better trainer, then do just that.