Some pet parents don’t mind where the pets perch, but others have limitations as to what they will allow. Once you know your boundaries, then you must break it to the fur babies — that’s the easy part. The hard part is learning how to keep pets off furniture. Luckily, we’re here to help!
What’s in it for Me?
The first thing to do, in this battle of wills, is to take a look around and see if there is an alternative to sitting on furniture. Have you provided your pet with his own “furniture?” If you do not already have a bed (or beds) for your pet to lay on, you are missing perhaps the one and only adjustment needed to keep your pet off the furniture. If you don’t have a bed, get one; if you have a bed but your pet still prefers the sofa, investigate ways to make his bed more comfortable. Ask yourself this question: Does the bed adequately block the coolness of the floor? The best way to find this out is to test it for yourself. Place the bed where it normally is, take off your shoes and socks, and stand on the bed. If your feet get cold, the bed is too thin. Provide a better bed to see if this alleviates the problem.
The Nearness of You
Another question to ask yourself is: Do I give my pet adequate attention? In most cases, especially with dogs, your pet needs and wants time with you when he can have your undivided attention. If you are gone all day and then come home to do more work – cleaning, cooking, etc – are you making time in your busy schedule to shower your pet with some tender loving care? A good way to evaluate the furniture situation is to pay attention to when your pet is on the furniture. If your pet only gets on the sofa when you are on it, then it is likely that he is simply seeking your attention. Try giving him some extra love and attention and see if that makes it better. If he is used to getting on the sofa when you are seated there, even if you consistently push him off, he probably will continue to do so, but persist and see if he is satisfied to settle down near you once his need for your affection is better satisfied in other places.
There are other ways to keep pets off the furniture if the issue is not resolved by the above suggestions. Try putting chair mats, like the ones used in an office, upside down on the piece of furniture you are trying to protect. The little “teeth” on the mat will definitely not meet the comfort quotient. Another thing to try is a stack of empty soda cans. When your pet jumps up, the cans fall and shoo him or her away. Once or twice will probably be enough of an unpleasant experience to deter further temptation. Another option is to make the space unavailable by placing something else, such as chairs, on the sofa or chair making it inaccessible.
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