If you are one of those who spend half a day fighting to prevent his dog from climbing on the armchairs, the sofa or even the bed because when he was a puppy ‘you raised your hand a little’ you are in luck. Discover why your dog can not avoid getting on all sites and how with patience and following certain guidelines you can get him not to do it again. Do you stay with us?
Laura is desperate because her dog "Bonie" has taken the habit of climbing every afternoon on the sofas and filling everything with hair while she does housework. What can he do? Laura's case is not isolated. In fact, 80% of dog owners have allowed their pets to climb with them to sofas and even to bed in search of their love and company.
The problem is that what for us is an act of love, for our dog is interpreted as a gesture of submission, which places him as the "leader" of the pack. The reasons why a dog climbs on sofas, beds and armchairs are always related to three fundamental motivations:
- Be leader of the pack.
- It does not have a cot or place to lie in the same area where its owner usually rests.
- Your crib or place is not comfortable.
Knowing this, we can try to provide our living room with a cot so that when we are there, our dog can lie close to us but without being literally on top.
How can I prevent my dog from getting on if he is already used to it?
To begin with, you must be patient and think that the change will not happen overnight, but if you start to remedy it, you are closer to getting it.
- Tip 1: When you ‘catch’ your dog on a sofa or bed, approach him, tell him to get off while talking firmly with a No!, So that he understands that you are not happy with that behavior.
- Tip 2: Find a sheet that you don't like and print it in a colony or in dog repellent. When your dog gets on, he will not like the smell and will run off, connecting a bad experience with your sofa.
- Tip 3: Dogs get very scared of noise. If you put aluminum foil or empty cans on the edges of the area to be cordoned off, it will feel equally uncomfortable and will come down.
- Tip 4: Reward it when you see that the dog is no longer climbing on the sofas.
If none of this works, you can always seek the help of a professional pet trainer.
Although sometimes they play dumb, dogs are very smart and know how to recognize when they have done something wrong. Do not soften your face of sorrow!
“Dear hairy, you ran out of bargain!”
Ideally, the day never comes when you have to pronounce those words. That will mean that your dog is already completely accustomed to believing the owner and lord of your bed, but that has to end.
Those of us who love dogs do not know how to describe in words the feeling of sleeping with them and noticing their company. Much more if we live alone!
Imagine for a moment that you live alone with your dog and that, one good day, you sleep accompanied. Thousands of times it has been the case that the dog has slept on the visiting person because, that is his place!
It is funny, but it can be a problem, in addition, it is necessary that both pets and people have their own retirement space. In this case we talk about dogs but it also happens with cats.
The best thing you can do is to educate your dog from an early age so he never gets into the habit of getting into bed. The objective is that he knows how to differentiate, from the beginning, who each space in the house is.
If your dog is used to getting on the bed or the sofa, the first thing you should do before starting to re-educate is to prepare your own space. Choose a place in the house where he feels comfortable to place his bed and toys, sooner or later he will get used to it.
Once your space is prepared you must arm yourself with patience, the process can take a few weeks or months. Some of the tips that will facilitate the change are:
- When you get into bed and you're in front, laugh at him! (they understand well). Once you have gone down, you must reward you in some way so that he understands that he has just done the right thing and that his master is very happy. Repetition, in animals, reinforces learning. Try not to punish him or fight him too much because, he may start climbing when you are not there and that is not the solution.
- You can try to cause it to rise and fall 1,000 times so that, when it rises, you will be taught that this cannot be done with a reward. You can help yourself with the leash, every time it goes up you must say “No”, “you can't”.
- Clap your hands and give him pampering every time you see him in his bed.
The "Kit" of the matter is to reward and repeat. Being constant will not take long to check the results. You can even trust yourself when you hairy stay home alone. By the way, for such situations, it is better to have our dear insured dog. Your love and company are priceless.