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Old 10-20-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Do you let your pups on the furniture? Mine is allowed, but soon we'll be moving and getting new couches...ideally I would like to keep him off and keep the couches looking new, but then again I also have 3 kiddos who are all under 8 yrs, so it's probably a lost cause!
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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This is something that makes me unhappy. According to my husband's rules, Artie is not allowed on our bed or on the couch.

Compromise #1: When my husband snores, I go downstairs to the guestroom. Artie IS allowed on that bed, so he comes with me.

Compromise #2: Also in the living room is a chair-and-a-half. It's slightly smaller than a loveseat. When we're watching TV, my husband gets the whole couch and Artie and I squish ourselves into the chair-and-a-half.

Have you considered leather couches? Many people on this forum have leather furniture and say that it's easy-peasy to clean off dog dirt and fur.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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We never let our dog on our sofa and recliner, we just got the set in June and so far it's still clean. We do have cats, but they are kept upstairs all day while we're at work, and in the evening (when we're home) they are allowed out - and NOT on the couch.

We let the dog on our old love seat before we got rid of it, because it was just old and we needed a change. So we let him relax on it a couple times before we got the new set. He doesn't try to get on either the recliner or the sofa, but I think that's because he knows it's a no-no.

Plus, he has about 5 different doggy beds placed throughout the house, that are probably more comfortable than our own dang bed, so he prefers to just snooze and relax in them. Good luck with your couch!
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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yes... all of mine are allowed on the furniture and beds.... it is their house, too....

and the leather couch idea is a GREAT one.... that will be my next replacement...
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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yes... all of mine are allowed on the furniture and beds.... it is their house, too....
Artie and I would like to come live with you.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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Dogs are on the sofa/chair and beds in our house too. I cover everything with sheets which are washed weekly which makes for a nice, fun, laundry-filled existence. Heaven bless clothes lines or I'd be broke.

It wasn't my intention, but the second one was too paranoid to stay on the floor and no attempts have kept her there and the third one is too big and agile to be kept off anything.

If my home were big enough, they would have a dedicated quadriped couch for sure and not allowed anywhere else on the furniture.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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yes... all of mine are allowed on the furniture and beds.... it is their house, too....

and the leather couch idea is a GREAT one.... that will be my next replacement...
I agree; the house is their house as well as mine.

But if you have a cat or cats leather-covered furniture may not be the best choice uneless you wish to cover them with blankets or used serapes or carpet. Carpet? Why, yes. It turns a couch into a giant scratching post.

I couldn't rep you again, lttp. But I hope the thought will count.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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My dogs are allowed on a leather sofa when invited.
NEVER on our beds. NEVER. I will get on the floor and cuddle with them though.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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yes... all of mine are allowed on the furniture and beds.... it is their house, too....

and the leather couch idea is a GREAT one.... that will be my next replacement...
Same here. We never had leather furniture because I was afraid their nails would rip it. I finally broke down and bought a leather couch. Best investment ever. Other than my daughter's boxer mix and the chihuahua foster eating one of the arms it's still in great shape. Super easy to clean. On the other hand, they've had a futon for about 3 months in our bedroom (big dogs aren't allowed to sleep on our bed - that's the only thing that's off limits to any of them) and a chair and a half in the living room and they both look and smell horrible. No matter how much I clean I can't get them clean like I can the leather couch. As time goes by they'll each be replaced with leather something.

And yes, other than big dogs not being allowed on our bed the animals live here just like we do. It's their home and I wouldn't tell them they can't be any place that any other human here can be. The seven chihuahuas sleep in our bed and usually under the covers at the foot of the bed and the big dogs kept jumping and stepping on them so we got them a futon and they can't sleep on the bed now. The safety factor for the chis is the only reason they're banned from the bed. Before we had so many they big dogs did sleep in the bed with us too.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Nanners is allowed on HER sofa in the back room, on the burgundy leather sofa in the office, and beside me in my recliner. The other recliner and the nice sofa in the front room... no.
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