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Hi All,

I was just wondering how many of you allow your poo's on the sofa? I have 2 Eric and Pearl and they have been trained to a certain extent and will always ask to come up and sit on the sofa,,, they do this by sitting in front of it and putting their paw on the sofa. If I say no,,, they wonder off and fall asleep else where. If I tap the sofawith my hand they know they are allowed to jump up for a cuddle.

The reason I ask is because they both attend a dog creche which is owned by a trainer who recently commented on my 2 jumping up on things and frowned upon me letting them on the sofa. I found it a little condesending to be honest,,, but she seems to think that now they are allowed on the sofa their behaviour will spiral out of control.

What are your thoughts on this??

Thanks
Sara
 

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My dog, is one of the best behaved dogs that I know...and I allow her on the sofa....even without me granting her permission. some people believe that the sofa makes dogs think that they are at the same level as us. I personally don't want to get on the ground for a cuddle.
 

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It is purely a matter of your personal choice. Teddy chooses not to go on the sofa - he would much rather be on the back of our chair and resting his butt or his head on our shoulders:D:D Of course some visitors are critical of this (he doesn't do it to them of course :)), but if you don't mind, it is nobody else's business. Like you, I have read all the theories, but in the end you must do what feels OK for you - in my opinion at least.
 

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Just to clarify, before i got my poo's I had real wooden floors throughout the entire downstairs of my house and we have leather sofa's.

We don't have the dogs up stairs where there are carpets.
 

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I decided when Lolly was a puppy that there was no way I'd be able to enforce a 'no sofa' or 'no upstairs' rule with my two children adding to the fun. Our big rule is that Lolly is not allowed on the beds and that one we have stuck to.
 

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'Lo is brilliant and very well trained (her only flaw is the barking, and that's all in her head not in the training lol) and she gets on the sofa and bed whenever she wants. Which is often. :D And she'll also jump on benches, crates, cars, chairs, happily climb leaning trees, ect. If it's possible for her to get onto it, she wants to. I trained her to notice things above her height from a very young age, and we both love it. It's a huge help at agility!

My thought is that your trainer is slightly nuts lol. I do not believe that getting on the sofa can cause spontaneous regression of a dogs behavior, sorry. ;)
 

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Hattie is allowed on the sofa and sleeps on my bed (OMG!) She is clean and healthy and smells better than some of my previous male 'friends'. I know it is a matter of personal preference but if you have a dog in your house I cannot see the difference between walking on the carpets or sitting on the sofa. Just my opinion I probably wouldn't let a farm dog do the same thing!
 

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Dexter asks to come on the sofa by sitting looking at me. I used to let him up by tapping the sofa and then he would jump up and have a cuddle but gradually as he has got a lot bigger and heavier he started just jumping on it himself, one day landing on my head as I was lying down at the time with a bad back so we have decided to stop him coming up. He now sometimes sits looking at me crying and I feel bad not letting him up and miss our cuddles so normally end up sitting on the rug with him.

I think carry on doing what you want to do who cares what other people think they probably don't have a lovely cuddly cockapoo.
 

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Well what can i say....its a good job i have a big couch lol.All my dogs are allowed on the couch and beds but they dont run riot jumping all over them though.They are my girls and i enjoy a cuddle at night on the couch.I walk 6 of my girls at the same time and they walk beautifully on the lead and of course their sit and stay for their group pics is near perfect.They still have a bad barking habit and have their little flaws but doesnt everyone,allowing them on the couch by no means interferes with their training xxx
 

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My dog, is one of the best behaved dogs that I know...and I allow her on the sofa....even without me granting her permission. some people believe that the sofa makes dogs think that they are at the same level as us. I personally don't want to get on the ground for a cuddle.
I agree and I wouldn't want it any other way! x
 

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I love mine coming and sitting with me infact I dont like it if they get down, although like we said in another thread its often excuse to do nothing if theres a poo on your leg ;). Wilf will put his chin on you or on the seat to ask to get up but Mable just comes up, my sofas are leather and they will both get down when asked. Mine are sat with me now :D
 

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I always said "No dogs on the sofa" when we first got Obi but he has made his way on to the sofa in the family room. It didn't help that the kids kept calling him up and in the end I gave up chucking him off. He is however NOT allowed on my golden velvet sofa in the front sitting room. This is my no kids allowed space and Obi is allowed in but has a big cushion on the floor to lie on.
 

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Hello there, it's personal preference, our two are allowed on the sofa as like mentioned we don't want to get on the floor for a cuddle. Our two snuggle up and love an evening cuddle on the sofa then often get off later as their too hot and lay on the floor. As re the dirty element I think if you groom your dogs daily and brush their feet so any loose dirt comes off, wipe their feet when they come in (if wet) which we do you'll be fine. Ours understand the command of get down very well, so when we have guests round they are often on the floor (that's the dogs not the guests;-)
 

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I really don't think a dogs behaviour and whether they do or do not sit on the sofa are related.

Millie is allowed on the sofa, hubby did try to stop this by making me put her on floor when she was all of 10 weeks old. But as soon as I did, he picked her up for a cuddle and let her snuggle up to him ;)

He then said, definitely not on the bed, but once she had been spayed and was poorly for a good couple of days, we lifted her onto the bed.

I guess your dog creche/trainer is going on the line of thought that a dog on the sofa has never had a days training in its life. Which lets face it is rather shallow.

Enjoy having your cockapoo on your sofa. :D
 

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I allow Charlie on the settee and wouldn't have it any other way. He has his own spot on the arm, or he is on my lap for a cuddle. The only time he is not allowed up is if someone is eating.
He sleeps in our room but is good and stays in his bed until we wake up and then he bounds up for morning kisses and cuddles :D
 
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