Prevention is the best method for keeping a dog off the furniture, as it is much easier to keep a habit from developing than to break or redirect it. If the dog is already used to getting on the furniture, a combination of rewards for getting and staying on the floor and making a spot on the furniture less comfortable is usually most effective.Continue Reading
Dogs like comfort just as much as people do, so to prevent a dog from choosing a sofa, chair or bed as its lounging place, give it a plush, comfortable dog bed. Because dogs are social animals, the bed should be placed in areas where the family enjoys relaxing.
If the dog has a bed and still tries to climb onto certain pieces of furniture, owners can either lift the dog from the furniture and place it on the floor or sternly command the dog to get off of the furniture. Once the dog gets down, owners can give it a small reward so that it associates compliance with pleasure. It is not a good idea to drag or force the dog off of the furniture, as some animals might respond aggressively.
To make furniture less comfortable to a dog, owners can place a plastic carpet runner turned upside down on the furniture. This is one of many effective deterrents owners can use.Learn more about Dogs
Puppies that nibble do so to investigate their surroundings, and adult dogs that nibble never learned to break the habit as puppies, or do it out of a desire to play. Dogs may nibble out of aggression, due to fear or anxiety, and this type of nibbling may turn into aggressive biting or be accompanied by growling or an aggressive body stance.Full Answer >
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), certain parts of hydrangea plants are particularly toxic to dogs. The buds, flowers and leaves are highly toxic and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal.Full Answer >
Parvovirus, or parvo, in dogs is a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease that attacks the gastrointestinal system of the animal, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Dog owners can protect their pets from the illness with a series of vaccinations.Full Answer >
Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies and Alaskan malamutes are the top five most dangerous dog breeds, notes the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doberman pinschers, chow chows, great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas round out the top 10.Full Answer >