Not sure what to do..

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Rosco has been trying to get on the couch and bed since day 1, I don't know if the  breeder was allowing it or not, although I do not agree with it there is nothing I can do now.

He will jump up and put his front feet on the couch/bed, I have tried pushing his feet off, telling him off, using a squirt bottle, ignoring him...I feel like nothing is working, I thought after being consistant enough he would get the idea but he hasn't yet. Somtimes when I tell him "off" he will get down but then starts barking at me which I ignore as I dont want him to do that! After trying many things I am at my wits end as to what I should do. Eventually I don't mind him on the couch IF he is invited but I'm not allowing it until he can learn that he can't just jump up whenever he wants.

Want to get this out of control before he is too big and can just jump up whenever he wants.  Any suggestions on what else I should do?

Steph and Rosco

 

 

 

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How old is Rosco?  I'm just asking, because he looks a lot like 3 mo old Dante at this stage :D  

Can't help you with your question though, because I let my boy on the bed and the couch. 

 

Cheers, 

E.

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He is 11 weeks :) I really can't complain he's such a good puppy! Dante is such a cutie!!

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He has such a precious little face!  <3  His little ears perked all the way forward like that just melts my heart.


Try catching him just before he jumps up and distracting him?  Or making a very big deal with lots of praise and fun if he tries to 'butt in' in an acceptable manner (sitting at your feet, etc.)?

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I'm not going to be much help with keeping him on the floor, I'm afraid. Every single one of my Dobes had a chair or slept on the sofa or bed with me. They each had a blankie I would cover them with. Libby, my last part-bred, would cry and cry and cry as a pup, because she wasn't big enough to get up on the sofa. Nothing, and I mean nothing would stop her.

I'd help her up, she'd snuggle up in the corner of it, and go to sleep instantly. To her dying day, she flat out refused to sleep on the floor or on a dog bed.

So, here's a thought. Is this really a deal breaker for you? It sounds like otherwise Dante is a lovely pup. Maybe you could get him his own chair, and limit his furniture time to just that chair? 

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Hi Steph,

 Roscoe is adorable!

We have lost the battle of the loveseat, which we keep a washable blanket on. But we are very determined about the bed and the couch. It takes alot of determination and vigilance.

We do allow front legs only up on the bed and the couch. She only gets all the way up there in order to be obviously bad... taunting us!

Looks like Ros has a huge bed of his own, so does B, it gets moved into the living room and out on the porch and back into the bedroom every day, I made a cover that has a handle on it.

We are lucky, B has excellent manners and was an outside dog b4 us.

Good Luck, be persistent, and STERN no invitations at all I would say.

 

woof from B. an' me

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Tannaidhe had the right idea, catch him right before.  Harley still tries, but if I can tell by the look in his eyes and his stance when he is about to jump and I say NO and he walks away. Then he gets skritches behind his ears.

 We are ready to buy new couches so I don't think I will allow Harley up on them.  He has already been banned from the bed.  Don't worry, he isn't abused, he has his own futon.  

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I think the hardest part of it all is that I would love him to snnuggle up beside me and I have to say no! HAHA

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That is definately the hardest part, how I wish she could be in      side      the         bed    .....

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Steph that's when I usually go sit on the dogbed with Ben rather than have him sit on the sofa with me. When I can tell he wants to get on the sofa which my husband taught him to do, I just tell him no and when he goes away about 5 minutes late I get up and go sit on his soft ortho bed with him and give him a massage so now he stays on his bed on his own cause he feels love and security with it. It's only convenience that dogs get on the sofa, just inconvenience yourself and get on the floor with him :)) as you get older getting on the floor is a bit harder hahahaha, but that's where those big thick dog beds come in handy hahahaa

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I had the same problem with Harry and a combination of two things worked. First when removing the dogs paws when it tries to get up, do it as gently and slowly as possible, no talking and no eye contact, as little touch/ attention as possible. Secondly, Pet Corrector, but it has to be used exactly correctly and I never let Harry see the can, I held it behind my back, instant treat reward for not getting up, so you have to be prepared with the can and a treat.

I have never let Harry on any chair, bed or sofa, dogs associate height with rank. My hard work had paid off because now Harry will leave us alone on the sofa and take himself to bed, but it wasn't easy and fighting with words, pushing, eye contact etc made it worse. The less attention when correcting the better. My dog is a huge attention seeker so that's what works best for him.

I read that they don't like tin foil under their paws and you can put it under the spread or cushion, the noise deters them, personally this did not work.

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Wow @talisin thats exactly what we started doing with Rufus! We don't want him on any furniture, but to have some snuggle time we get our buts on the floor and stay with him! He is laying on my stretched legs as I'm typing now :) and still trys to figure out iPad in my hands :)))

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Great minds think alike :)) hope it works for you, it did for us, of course we still get the "PLEASE can I get on the sofa" look but I just point at the dogbed and he goes over to it and lays down.

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Keep it up he'll get it.  It's much harder to stop something once you've started it but it can be done with patience and constant corrections from everyone. 

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Yes I totally agree - if you want something you start right away, do it every single time and don't give in! With this wonderful breed is easy, just be consistent and within a week you will results or even days! 

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My first doberman slept with me and my husband from 8 weeks old till his last breath, and of course he sat where ever he wanted, when he out grew the chair, he lay on the couch. My rescue Dobie, has slept on my bed from the first day i brought her home, and has claimed the couch. I don't own my Dobies, they own me. They are like my children, i wouldn't have it any other way, but thats just me.

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My 12 week old dobie is welcome anytime on my couch,he sits and waches tv with us.lol the only time he cant come up is when there is food out and he knows this by now .so he just lays by are feet till i say he is welcome agin.he also sleep in bed with us.