No one likes their furniture to smell like a wet dog or dealing with all the excess hair that seems to cover every square inch of the couch. It’s just tiresome and annoying to deal with. Your Dalmatian has his own spot to sleep in and that’s where he should stay.
Why You should Keep Your Dog off the Furniture
Let’s just put the dog hair covered furniture off the side and talk about other reasons as to why keep the Dalmatian off you furniture is a good idea.
It gives the dog more consistency in life – Sometimes we like to cuddle with our pets, other times we don’t want them getting hair on our furniture. Kicking him out and calling him back to you is confusing to a dog and having a simple rule that never changes means less things for him to worry about.
Helps with dominant dogs – The alpha dog in the pack always gets the best place to sit/sleep. So if you reserve the furniture for yourself and your family, the Dalmatian will think of them more highly.
Less fur on your furniture and clothes – No matter how much you brush your dog, he will still leave his hair allover your house. Keeping the Dalmatian off your furniture will reduce the chances of that fur getting on your clothes.
Training the Dalmatian to Stay Off Furniture
Unfortunately there are no simple steps to take when training a Dalmatian to stay off furniture, like there would be with training a trick for example. Instead here are some tips and suggestions that will help you do just that.
Never invite the Dalmatian to jump on the bed – No matter how cuddly or warm he is, you have to resist the urge to call him to sit next to you on the couch. It will make it that much harder for you to keep him off the furniture in the future.
Train him to lay down next to the couch, not on it – Sometimes the dog just wants to be close to his owner. If you train him to sleep next to the couch and not on it, he can feel close to you without jumping up on the furniture.
When you catch him on your furniture, say “No” and get him off – If he notices that you’re not doing anything about him being on the furniture, he will assume that he is allowed to be there.
Make sure he has a nice bed of his own – Sometimes Dalmatians need a quiet place where no one will bother them. Make sure that his bed is in a place where he can feel safe and alone if he wants to.
To learn more about Dalmatian training, obedience and care check out the Dalmatian Owners Guide.