Should Your Dog Be Allowed On The Sofa?

Should Your Dog Be Allowed On The Sofa?

If you consider your dog a part of your family, then it only makes sense that they should be allowed to join you on the sofa. However, there are some behavioral problems that can stem from this.

What’s The Matter?

The problem is that dogs aren’t very good at situational rules. Consider these possibilities where you may revoke their sofa privileges:

  1. Your dog may not understand why their sofa privileges have been revoked if a baby is on the sofa.
  2. Your dog will assume the same rule applies to any other house they visit.
  3. Your dog will occupy the sofa, even when guests are over.
  4. It’s harder to stop your dog once they’re used to it.

What Can I Do If I Change My Mind?

If you no longer want your dog to join you on the sofa, you will have to redirect your dog to a different location whenever they try to climb aboard. Here are some tips to bear in mind:

  1. Make sure your dogs are firmly trained with “sit” and “stay” commands.
  2. Maintain consistency and persistence when repeatedly redirecting your dog to a different spot, such as the dog bed.

At the end of the day, however, there’s nothing wrong if you insist that your dog should join you on the sofa!

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