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How To Keep Dogs Off The Couch When Not At Home

There are several ways you can try to keep dogs off the couch when you're not at home including crating and confining the dogs to a particular part of the home. If your dog is well trained, he can be taught to stay off the couch, but if you're not home to tell him to get down, there is no guarantee that you won't find pet hairs on your sofa when you return home.

Keeping Dogs Off The Furniture

If you think some kind of shenanigans go on at your house, you're probably right. Many pet owners just give in to the idea that the dogs are going to get on the furniture. If that's not an option for you, here are some things you can do:

  • Spray Deterrents: The effectiveness is hit or miss with these sprays. Plus, you'll want to test the spray on a hidden area of the couch to be sure its colorfast.
  • Crating: Keep your dog out of all mischief by crate training him. Then he'll be safely snoozing in his crate while you're at work. Note: You shouldn't crate your dog for more than 4-6 hours.
  • Confining To One Room: If you have the space, setting aside a room for your dog is an alternative to crating.
  • High-Tech Solutions: Two way cameras are available that allow you to both watch and communicate with your pet. Take a peek at the camera, and if the dog is on the couch, a stern "NO!" might make him get down. 

Whether you choose crating, sprays, or some other solution, it is possible to keep your dog off the couch while you're away—or you could just give in like so many pet owners do! 

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