Some friends allows their pets on the furniture, some are constantly shooing them off (which we're always a tad amused by; it seems like so much work to keep them off the furniture and isn't have the fun of having a pet snuggling with them on the couch?). What's the rule in your house? Survey after the jump along with some tips for keeping pets off your furniture...
How to keep your pets off the couch:
- Train them young: like people, once dogs, cats and other animals get in the habit of hanging out on your sofa, it'll take a lot of work to get them out of the habit. If you don't want them jumping on the couch, make this the rule the moment you introduce them into your home.
- If it's already a habit: If jumping on the furniture's already a habit ingrained in your dog, you can retrain them by coaxing them off the furniture and on to the floor. Reward them with a treat. It will take patience but it can be done.
- You can't teach an old dog new tricks: if your pet's already in the habit of hanging out on the furniture, you might have to bring in the deterrents for when you're not around to police them. Try a Scat Mat, a plastic carpet runner turned upside down so that the points face upward, lemon or bitter apple scented air freshener or a piece of aluminium foil
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