At some point every dog owner has asked themselves if they should allow their dog on the furniture or not. The simple answer is it depends on many things, including your dog. Every owner, home, and dog have different needs, so no one answer fits for each case. I have a 6-year-old female beagle named Daisy, and I allow her on all of our furniture. These are some things I’ve faced by letting her have free rein of the furniture that might help you make your decision.
Forgetting its place
Not all dogs can live on the same level as humans. Some have dominance issues that will rear its ugly head if given the chance. Some even begin to show signs of aggression. Daisy hasn’t shown any aggression, but has over stepped her bounds on more than one occasion. For example, if left unchecked she often refuses to move so my husband and I can sit on the sofa, or she will push her way between us in the bed. For us it doesn’t take a lot to correct the problem, but it all depends on the dog’s personality.
As most people know there are a lot of ways a dog can damage furniture, and not all of them are intentional. Daisy managed to shred a couch cushion, but it wasn’t something she tried to do. The problem was her claws wore a giant hole in the fabric over time. While Daisy’s damage wasn’t something she meant to do, some dogs to rip and chew the furniture on purpose.
Dealing with hair shedding
In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that the hair issue is my biggest problem. Daisy blows her coat at least four times a year. It seems to be never ending, and it drives me mad. My house, vehicle, and clothing always have dog hair in or on them no matter how often I clean. My issue is simply annoying, but for others it could cause issues with allergies and other medical problems.
These are just a few of the issues that can pop up by allowing your dog hang out on the furniture with the family. I’ve decided to deal with the issues and annoyances, but it isn’t always easy. I’ve had to make compromises like putting bed sheets over our chairs and sofa, but it is worth it to me. However, because it can be difficult it’s not something that will work for every dog loving family.
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