I had to laugh at my photo of Carley on the sofa when I just stated that she did not get on the furniture... I asked her to get on it for the photo! Then she did start to sleep there at night , but was getting it dirty, so I now keep the cushions up all the time unless we are using it....that was the only piece of furniture that Carley ever got on. She loved it there because she could see so much of the house both inside and outside. I would prefer my dogs not get on the furniture, but you would miss all the cuddles...
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I don't believe it's a dominant thing...I think they like to be close. And it's comfortable. My dog never goes on the furniture but I have had him cuddle with me on the couch while I watch TV and he gets off when I tell him (i.e. DH coming!). I wouldn't worry.
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies! We definitely don't want to be in the "dominant" mindset but we heard a lot of advice about not letting puppies on furniture - that is to say, that we should wait until the dog is older to let him on. But after this thread I'm going to put that theory to bed! We actually let Wade on the sofa last night and after a little while he was over it and wanted to go lay down on the floor next to his bowl (his most beloved spot).
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Panda is allowed on the couch and sleeps in bed with me.
Ha.. This reminded me that I used to have a coworker who had many pets, some of them somewhat unusual, like a huge iguana, and they all slept in bed with her. She said sometimes it got so crowded she went and slept on the couch!
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Leroy was not allowed on furniture till he was nearly 2 years old. We used to be so strict about the no-furiniture rule but we are relaxing. It first started with letting him sleep in our bed. Most of the time he prefers to sleep on the floor after an hour. Then my sister has been visiting the past week and she's been letting him on the couch! My husband doesn't want him on the couch, and he got in big trouble when Leroy decided to get on the couch himself. So now he will get on the couch ONLY when my sister invites him. I've tried inviting him but he won't do it cause he thinks he'll get in trouble. He's funny cause his to-go spot is first the floor or dog bed. Then he thinks about getting on the bed. When we are on vacation and staying in hotel rooms, he has no hesitation at all about jumping on the bed. It's like he knows he's on vacation too. He also gets on the couch at my friend's house but all of her dogs are allowed to lounge on the couch. I like the fact he can differentiate the environment and figure out where he should go. The main reason my husband doesn't want him on the couch is he doesn't want him thinking he can go on couches at other people's homes. He is also a very big poodle and takes up a lot of room! My husband lets our Havanese go where ever he wants though. On the bed, the couch, he's been sleeping with us in the bed at our in-laws - so I guess size matters if you want your dog on the furniture.
Dogs should not be on furniture PERIOD. No exceptions. And, heaven forbid, don't let them on the bed!!!! Sorry, couldn't resist. I am sure wherever the pup sleeps it will be fine and it won't impact your training.
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