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keeping your hounds off your couch?? I am going crazy trying to outwit these two. I put slip covers on, to protect it from hair, but slipcovers are too much work pulling off to wash, so then I got desperate, and put throws over the slipcovers! Guess what? They don't like the throws, and pull them off. :roll: So now I have my dining room chairs on my couch, and NO ONE can sit down!

Even when I let them on the couch, they can't be NORMAL, and lay on the seats, Noooooo, they have to lay on the BACK of the couch, and the pillows are now squashed flat.

I am seriously thinking of getting some of those belts the police use to stop crooks (flattens the tires), and laying them out on my couch.
I sure wish someone would invent :idea: something simple, yet effective. I'd pay top dollar for it if it worked!!!

Here's the sad state of my living room:

My love seat even has the insert from my ding room table on it:


My couch:


And Bo STILL tries to get up there:


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Ideas?

I'm not sure I have a solution for you, but I can tell you what has worked for me. When we got new furniture last year, I didn't feel like cleaning up large amounts of dog hair and slobber off of it -- even though it is leather and cleans easily. I kept the old loveseat for Chloe. When she tried out the new furniture we told her no and led her over to "her" couch. She occasionally "tried" the new furniture, but we would just bring her off of it and lead her to "her" couch. She no longer tries to get up on the new furniture and seems happy with having her own couch.

Now, if you are trying to keep the boys off of furniture they have been allowed on in the past, I think you have a tougher fight. Do they have their "own" space? I guess you could try the old "mouse trap" trick -- as long as you remembered not to sit on them yourself! There is a product on the market called a "scat mat" -- it emits a light electrical charge when touched that is surprising to the animal, but not painful. (I think it was developed mostly with cats in mind.) You could put them on the couch and then when the boys learned not to sit on the couch, you can place them on there without plugging them in as a visual reminder. Once they were trained, you could remove them. Here is a link for one such product: http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_Product_R_...lyID_12981.aspx
I hope you find a solution! Good luck. Colleen
 

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When I came back about 10 minutes later, this is what I found. I couldn't believe it!


I did think he looked a little guilty, and it was just too much work to get up there, and he was sooo comfy....

So I moved the chairs, and they both settled in for the night. :roll:

(and YES, they have very nice dog beds all over the house, four to choose from in all)
 
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WOW! where there is a will there is a way. :( Now that is (smart dog. Maybe try that mat the above poster mentioned. Might. Tummy has a 1/2 dozen dog beds and a bed couch I bid $5oo on. it'a beautiful. He might lay on it once a day. Then sleeps on our couch. Good luck. Tummy Boy's Mom :D .
 

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I laughed so hard when I saw the updated pictures with Bo on the couch. He has that look on his face like "Why are these chairs on MY couch!"

I myself have given up, I no longer have a couch, it is their couch now.
 

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Those second pictures are too funny, it looks like you have your work cut out for you if you intend on keeping them off the furniture. Sadie has the run of the couch, bed, chair and anything else. She allows us to share them with her.
 

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LOL!!! I can't believe the stubborness... well, yes I can :) I bought some snappy trainers at Petsmart. They are like mouse traps with a fly swatter on the end. That helps in keeping my Jake off the table- it might work on a couch. Someone had also suggested using the carpet protectors- the clear plastic things you set office chairs on? Turn it upside down because the bottom is corrugated and it is not comfortable... Good luck!
 

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As long as that one sofa is parked in front of that pretty bay window, you'll likely be fighting a losing battle. That window is just toooo attractive. :)

My dogs sleep on my sofas, too. I also have several comfy, cushion-y dog beds scattered around the house, and they more often choose to sleep on those, unless one of the humans is sitting on the sofa.
 

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Sandy ...that is exactly what mine would do ...figure out a way to get themselves up there and in between!

We got new furniture and as someone else said ...that is easier than trying to change habits on old furniture. Mine have their own futon and leather chair, in another room. I just guided them to that if I found them on mine. The living room furniture is off limits. I used laundry baskets, which were easy to remove and stack quickly, when someone came over or when we got ready to use the furniture ourselves. I had about six of them.

Basically I just kept that up for about six months. Maybe longer. I know a few times I came home and there was dog hair on the leather. I just got Belveder by his collar and escorted him into the living room and ...hollered! Is that how you say it?? I just yelled the "NO NO NO" thing and let him know I was angry. Outside he went. He knew ...very well. No physical punishments or anything like that. I just shooed him away from me for a while. That made him sad.

SO. Along came Dixie, three years later, who had full run of her foster home. I just said NO ... DOWN ...basically let her know it wasn't happening. She was sad and moped but I had Thursday night until Monday morning to train her. We never had a problem. Her intelligence level is higher, I think.

Stack the baskets. Make noise. Throw fits. Get the point across. It wasn't easy ...but they'll get it. Although I have a feeling that our babies "get it" much slower than other breeds :wink: :wink: :wink:
 

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Just give up! Bassets belong on couches.:)
 

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the pictures say it all about the breed......

i use the "x mats" that you can find on line at jb pets...they are around $8 for singles and i think there are doubles available...i had a similar problem with my basset getting very possessive of a chair. the mat is easy and she wont get near it....good luck
 

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One of the funniest thigs I've seen in a while! I was going to not allow Simon on the couch I t didn't work :D
 
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We have just never allowed the dogs on the furniture.

I truly think it's a mind-set....if you're committed, the dogs will sense you are serious.

Hub still tries every once in awhile....then looks to see if we have noticed. All it takes is a warning, "Hub..." and he gets down. It's pretty funny.

Ohdee never even tried.

I wish you luck. As much as I love our pets, I hate being covered in fur, especially during the work week.

Your guy is certainly determined. Very funny pictures and nice use of a table leaf. VERY creative!
 

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I'm very sorry about your furniture...I"m sure it was very nice :D . But those pictures are a hoot, even without the basset hound in them. When you add the hound....well, some of the best I've seen all year. Personally, I gave up a long time ago........
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Thanks for the laugh hehehe unfortunately I have no answer for you. I did get Lea off the bed but at first when I'd say NO NO NO she'd pretend to faint dead away and flat basset out on me, wish I'd a picture of that, it was quite entertaining :)

Good luck!

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I have heard that lining empty pop cans filled with pennies and all tied together by a string, will deteer them from jumping on the couch because they don't like the sound of pop cans filled with pennies crashing on the ground. Now this doesn't work with my basset, but it has worked in the past for me with other dogs, so maybe try that it is cheap and might actually work.
 

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I don't have any advice because we replaced our furniture with leather, but that picture of the hound surrounded by the chairs is hilarious. I feel this could be a suitable topic for a poem!
 
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