Keep Pets Off Your Furniture With These Handy Tips
July 27, 2018
If you're a pet parent, then you love your critter like a member of your own family—but that doesn't mean you want them on the sofa. Keep your furry friend off the furniture with these tips.
- Set the precedent early. If you let your pup snuggle up with you on the sofa when you first bring him home, it's going to confuse him when you suddenly say he's no longer allowed. So deter your pet from getting on the furniture from the start, and you won't have to undo an entrenched habit.
- Offer a comfy alternative. Your pooch or kitty won't be very happy if you banish them from the sofa without offering somewhere else cozy to curl up. Purchase a pet bed and stow it in a corner of the living room so that your animal can still hang out with the humans comfortably.
- Train your pooch. Maybe you're okay with your pup getting up on the couch, but only when you're home. In this case, work on teaching your dog to wait until he's invited onto the couch. And the second he starts to get too rowdy to cuddle, put him back on the floor to teach him appropriate sofa behavior.
- Try a non-toxic spray. If you're having trouble keeping your critters off the sofa, even using the above tips, you can try a cat- or dog-repellent spray. This spray emanates a displeasing aroma that will keep your pets at arm's length.