Does your dog "belong" on the furniture?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
January 24, 2007 1:22pm CST
Our dog is not really allowed on the furniture. We do know that she spends most of her day on either the couch or our bed. I'm not all that worried about the bed, but we really try to keep her off the couch as much as possible. She doesn't let us trim her nails and I don't want holes in the furniture. Since we're not home during the day she has full reign of the house. When we are home, she only gets up on the couch when we are in bed for the night. If we catch her, she acts all innocent like it wasn't really her on the couch... She's a big dog so she doesn't get up on the couch when we are on it, or normally the bed. She has her own pillows around the house, but rarely uses them. What do you pets do in regards to the furniture?
3 people like this
10 responses
25 Jun 07
Our dog is banned off the furniture as she rips it to shreds.
2 people like this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Oh, that would not be good. I'm glad our dog doesn't do that, she just gets her fur all over it.
1 person likes this
• United States
25 Jan 07
We adopted two big dogs four months ago. A mother/daughter combo. My husband and I are still debating each other over whether they should be allowed on the black leather couch or not. They don't go on the beds, never even tried. And they have their own big, soft cushy beds. I want to cover the couch with a slipcover or a sheet or blanket but my hubby won't let me because... are you ready? His mother covered the furniture and he hated it that only company got to sit on the nice furniture and he had to sit on the plastic cover. I'd get a nice slipcover but he likes his black leather couch. I just know there's going to be a hole poked in it one of these days. It's impossible to keep her off it now. She's been allowed all this time. Sigh.
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Oh I know! Once they think they're allowed on it there's no getting them back off of it! Our stuff isn't all that great, but it's not crap either... I'd like to keep it halfway nice looking as long as possible.
• United States
25 Jan 07
Last night when we went to bed, at my suggestion hubby put aluminum foil across the sofa seat cushions. It worked. She put one paw up there, heard the sound, felt the metal, and stayed off of it. The foil is still there and she's lying on the floor at the end of the sofa. I'm not sure how this will work in the long run, but for now, it's working like a charm.
1 person likes this
@catherIN (430)
• United States
1 Feb 07
We have a beagle.She is not allowed on the living room furniture.She does sleep with my 13 year old daughter. During the day, my two youngest daughters often let her snuggle with them on their beds. We have 2 dog beds,one upstairs and one downstairs.She likes to lay in those. One time,we were all outside and left her alone to long;at least she thought it was long.I heard this awful noise coming from my house. In case you don't know, Beagles don't really bark, they howl. I ran into the house thinking she was hurt. I found her standing in the middle of my table, howling! One of the chairs hadn't been pushed all the way back up to the table.So,she was able to climb on the chair and then the table. We now make sure the chairs are pushed to the table. We don't really leave her alone ever since we found out that our dog likes to dance on tables and have howling parties. LOL!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
1 Feb 07
OH MY GOSH!!! That musta been a sight!! When my kids were younger, our dog slept with my youngest. Now that he's in the Navy, sometimes she'll pester my oldest until he lets her in the room. Normally, she sleeps in our room - NOT on her dog pillow though...
2 people like this
• United States
31 Jan 07
When our cats have chosen a spot to lay in and we try to move them out of the way they will whine at us! We get a good laugh out of that one. My kitten lays on my side at night. When I move her she will come back up and get comfy again.
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Isn't it so funny how they think they own the place? We just laugh all the time at our dog when she does stuff like that :)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I have a sixteen year old mutt, that is her in the photo, the black and white, anyhoo, we figure if she is still able to make the jump to the furniture she is welcome to it. We have taken to putting a blanket on all furniture because like your dog, she won't let us trim her nails very often. It is a wrestling match to do it. The littlest dog, my big pom, sheds like crazy, so the blankets help keep the hair off my couch. We remove them when we know friends are coming over. They won't jump on the couches when friends are over.
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
31 Jan 07
We gave up on the nails, it just wasn't worth the fight. She's a boxer/golden retriever mix so she's kinda big and pretty strong. She does biter her nails a lot to keep them trim, and the vet does them when we take her in. That's funny that yourw wont jump up on the furntire when people are over!!!
• United States
24 Jan 07
We let the cat up on the couch and the bed but nothing else. Dogs on the other hand need to stay off the furniture. They can cause too much damage just by accident. If you have a really little dog then I do not see any real harm in them chilling on the couch but BIG dogs need to keep off.
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Jan 07
That's why I don't want her on the couch... She can rip the cloth and then I'd really be in a fix.
• United States
24 Jan 07
our animals are always aloud on furnite because you can cuddle with them and they stay quitev lol
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Mine is so big that we wouldn't be able to fit on the couch with her. She does stand by the bed when my husband leaves and whine at me until I pat the bed so she knows to get up there. She still hogs the whole bed though.
• United States
24 Jan 07
No, it's disgusting!
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I know some people don't like it at all.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My dogs are allowed on the furniture in the family room but not the living room. And they understand the difference. Plus they are well-mannered and always ask if the can get up on the furniture - when we are around. They go on the bed - and I am grateful they let me use the bed at night. But the the older of my 2 guys, will lie about being on the couch - when he hears us coming in...he jumps off the couch and run to the bed and lies down on it. He closes his eyes like he was sleeping. But when I touch the couch where he was, he puts his head down and comes over to give me a lick. I put boxes or something on furniture when I think of it to keep him off or I cover with blankets to protect the furniture.
1 person likes this
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yeah, we always get the "Oh, you didn't see that" kinda look when she doesn't get down before we see her. And if she's already on the floor beside the couch its "I've been right here all night long" look.
@Java09 (3080)
• United States
5 Jan 10
My dogs are allowed on the furniture.It doesn't bother me if they lay on the couch or my bad.they're my family.It's ok as long as they don't chew the furniture,then it would be a problem.