Some dog parents are okay with their dogs being on furniture. Other parents aren’t. If you fall into the latter category, trying to train your dog not to jump up on furniture can be tough. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Does Your Dog Jump On Furniture?
Dogs often like to sit on furniture for the following reasons:
- They want to be as close to you as they can while you sit on furniture.
- The furniture in question looks out of a window.
- Tall furniture gives them a better view of the room.
- It makes them feel like a leader.
Being Consistent With The Rule
Training a dog as young as possible not to get on furniture is important. You should be gentle, but firm in what is expected. Decide from the get-go whether this is allowed or not, and stick to it. You should:
- Don’t allow them up on furniture, ever, even to cuddle.
- Make sure everyone in the house knows about the rules and enforces them.
- Remember, dogs don’t know the difference between being clean and dirty, so trying to train them not to go on furniture only when they’re dirty isn’t going to work.
- Give your dog their own bed to lie on near you.
Training The “Off” Command
To train your dog to respond to “off”:
- When your dog gets onto furniture, gently but firmly take them by the collar and help them down while you sternly say “off”.
- Once your dog gets to the ground, immediately praise them and give them a treat. Be consistent.
- Soon, just the command will work!
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