A well-behaved dog is not just a pleasure to live with but also happier. When your dog understands the rules for indoors, he will keep out of trouble and partake in more activities with your family. Preventing bad behaviors from forming is much easier than trying to stop them later on, so it’s important that training starts the moment you get your puppy.
Where should your puppy rest?
While it is tempting to allow your puppy on the furniture when he is small, you may not want this sort of behavior when he is much bigger, hairier, and messier. It’s not fair to change the rules as your puppy grows up, so the best course of action is to decide from the beginning which rooms he can go in and what furniture he can sit on. It’s important that the whole family is in agreement on this to maintain consistency.
It’s also important to create a private corner for your dog to go relax on his own. It may take encouragement to get your puppy to utilize this space, but they will quickly grow to appreciate the defined space. To create this, identify the times in the day when your dog normally goes to sleep and coax them into their bed with a gentle cue such as “go to bed.” Once your puppy is in their bed, spend some time with him there, gently petting him and quietly praising him until he falls asleep. If he gets out of his bed on his own, quietly toss a treat onto his bed so that it lands right in front of his nose.
Training Your Puppy To Get Off The Furniture
Here’s three steps which will make training your dog to stay off the couch easy and which use a combination of positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement to get the desired results.
- Start With A Leash
Using a light, long leash in the early stages of training when he does not understand the verbal cues. If he sits on a chair or sofa which is off-limits, pick up the long leash and ask him to get off.
- Gently pull on the leash
When encouragement and gently pulling on the long leash fail to make him get off the furniture, do not use the leash to drag him off. Instead, use a toy or a treat to encourage him further.
- Practice positive reinforcement
When your dog jumps off the furniture, clearly give the command “off” and praise him. Guide him to settle in his bed using both verbal praise and treats.
If you follow these steps, your dog will soon be trained to stay off the furniture. Remember to reaffirm good behavior rather than punish bad behavior.