Question: Should I allow my dog on the bed, couch and other furniture?
Some people think that dogs should not be allowed on the bed and sofa because it can cause aggression or other behavior issues. Is there really anything wrong with letting a dog lie on the bed, couch and other furniture?
In general, letting your dog on the furniture is not going to cause problems – behavioral or otherwise. Dogs love to curl up on the sofa, the bed, and anywhere else that’s nice and soft. They also like to spend time in their humans’ favorite spots. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide the rules of your household and stand firm.
Allowing dogs on the furniture will not necessarily make them believe they are in charge. It will not suddenly cause aggression or dominance. However, if you inadvertently reinforce certain behaviors, you will be sending the wrong message. Any dog that growls or snaps at you when you try to sit down should be removed from the furniture. If your dog refuses to move when you approach, he should be removed. Finally, if your dog “hogs” the bed or sofa, leaving no room for you, he should be removed. Making the furniture off-limits can be a temporary or permanent arrangement, depending on your preference.
Health and Safety Concerns
Many owners prefer to keep their dogs off the furniture because of the mess (e.g., hair, dirt and debris). Taking this a step further, some people are concerned about the potential for the spread of disease. There are a handful of diseases that are considered zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans from animals. A few examples include Rabies, parasitic infections, fungal infections and even plague. However, if you keep your dog healthy, the risk is very minimal. Whether you allow your dog on the furniture or not, all dogs should visit the vet every 6-12 months for an overall wellness check-up. A dog that has been vaccinated, is kept free of fleas, and is regularly checked and/or treated for parasites poses very little threat. You can minimize the amount of outdoor germs and debris your dog brings in the house by wiping the paws, spot-cleaning as needed, and occasional bathing.
Keeping Your Dog Off the Furniture
Even a dog that is allowed on the furniture should have his own special spot, such as a dog bed and/or a crate.
To keep your dog from getting on furniture, some basic training is necessary. Begin by teaching your dog the off command. Next, he should be taught the go to your place command. If your dog tries to jump on the bed or sofa, simply say “off” followed by “go to your place”. Reward him when he complies. It is equally important to be sure your dog does not have access to the furniture while you are away. This is where crate training becomes helpful. While you are gone, keep your dog in the crate or confined in a small room away from the forbidden furniture.
After successful training, you may choose to conditionally allow your dog on the bed or couch. However, he will need to earn it. After all, it is a privilege – not a right. Before jumping on the furniture, your dog should be made to sit. Once he has obeyed one or more commands of your choosing, you can pat the couch or bed, allowing him up. If he oversteps the boundaries, he will need to get off the furniture. You must be consistent for this to be affective, otherwise, your dog cannot understand what you are asking of him.
Some owners prefer to keep their dogs off the furniture as a household rule. This might be for the purpose of cleanliness, to prevent damage, or for other reasons. As long as he has his own spot, he will be just fine. Be sure everyone in the household understands and enforces the rules. Inconsistency will confuse your dog and make the training process very difficult.
Fun stuff for dog lovers.
Here are some fun and interesting dog facts. Did you Know…
- A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
- A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.
- The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.
- An adult dog has 42 teeth.
- It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
- If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
- The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.
- In 1957, Laika became the first living being in space via an earth satellite
- The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever.
- Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill.
- Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s
- More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog.
- Dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
- The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order: Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle, Shih Tzu, and Bulldog.
- Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.
- A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.
- Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer in your dog.
- Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.
- Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 – 12 years. Veterinary medicine have extended this estimate by about three years. However, some breeds, such as Tibetan terrier live as long as twenty years.
- Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.
- The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
- The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
- Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
- Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
- It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
- All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus,a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
- Seventy percent of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets infamily and holiday portraits, according to a survey done by the American Animal Hospital Association.
- A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
- The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies.
- Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
Thank you for giving me a “forever” home, for being patient, for being kind, for training me to be a good dog, for understanding that I am a baby dog, and that I get tired. When I wake up in the mornings, please take me outside to potty because I can not wait very long. If you see me circling, that means I have to go NOW. If I make a mistake, please do not yell at me, or smack me on the bottom, because I will get scared and not understand what I did wrong. My breeder says that I am very smart-so just give me a little bit to learn your way of doing things, and I will catch on quickly. I will try my hardest to please you. Thank you for always having fresh, clean water out for me and for feeding me the delicious puppy food. If I eat too fast, please spread my food out on a cookie sheet to help me slow down. I like eating when you are with me, so do not worry if I did not eat my food while you were gone at the grocery store, running errands, etc. Thank you for making my home a safe place for me, by removing electrical cords and poisonous plants from where I can chew on them, by not leaving items around that I can chew up and swallow or things that you want to keep nice, and for crating me in my nice safe crate if you can not be with me to help learn your rules. I promise to grow up quickly and be the perfect, loving companion for your family. I promise to love you unconditionally for all of my days on this Earth.
The Labradoodles may appear cute and cuddly on the outside, but they are sturdy enough to go everywhere with you! Here we see the dogs taking a hike through the Wyoming mountains at 8,400 feet!
Just giving you your daily dosage of cuteness brought to you by the loving dogs at Clancy Aussie Doodles!
We were born January 4, 2013 and we will be ready to go to our “forever homes” in mid March. There are 6 boys and 1 girl and we all love snuggling together in a big “puppy pile.” Our names are Gimli, Bentley, O’Reilly, Keegan, Doolan, Angus, and Iona. We’re all TEN WEEKS OLD now!
We are accepting deposits on puppies now! The puppies are ready and waiting for their forever homes!
Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (307) 413-5892 if you are interested.
We were born January 4, 2013 and we will be ready to go to our “forever homes” in mid March. There are 6 boys and 1 girl and we all love snuggling together in a big “puppy pile.” Our names are Gimli, Bentley, O’Reilly, Keegan, Doolan, Angus, and Iona. We’re all EIGHT WEEKS OLD now!
We are accepting deposits on puppies now!
Shoot us an email at email@example.com
Or call us at (307) 413-5892
If you are interested.
Once puppies are born, the week to week development can vary but most newborns stick to the same growing pattern. Unlike human babies, puppies develop quickly within their first two months of life and the changes are so quick that you may miss an important milestone. From the first week to the eighth, you are going see your tiny bundles of joy go from wriggling whimpers to full-blown walking balls of energy.
Here’s our report from the Whelping Box:
We were born January 4, 2013 and we will be ready to go to our “forever homes” in mid March. There are 6 boys and 1 girl and we all love snuggling together in a big “puppy pile.” Our names are Gimli, Bentley, O’Reilly, Keegan, Doolan, Angus, and Iona. We’re all EIGHT WEEKS OLD now. You might think we haven’t been doing much for these first fifty-six days of our lives, but we’ve been quite busy. Just look!
Here it is, Day 56, and just look at what’s happened:
At this age, your puppy‘s focus is the basic needs of eating, drinking, sleeping, eliminating and playing. Your puppy can remember which behaviors he is allowed and where and when he is fed. He can even begin house-training and start becoming used to being groomed. He is ready to leave his mother and littermates to go home with you, fully capable of taking his place in the family. The following list will help you know what to expect from your puppy has he develops.
- How Big?– Most 8-week-old puppies are only a fraction of their adult height, length and weight. Most puppies will gain or grow rapidly between birth and 6 months of age. How much they grow or gain will depend on their breed, diet, and ultimate adult size. Growth is generally steady until they attain their adult size.
- Teething- Puppies at 8 weeks will have all 28 of their baby teeth and may develop their first adult front teeth, called the incisors, between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
- Senses– 8-week-old puppies will show fear, whimper when hurt and bark when excited or wanting attention. You need to build trust with your puppy. Don’t ignore crying but address the cause for the crying with attention and care. Touch is the first sense a dog develops and remains a powerfully important sense throughout his life. The entire body, including the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings. Although they can see and hear, their sense of vision and hearing is quietly maturing. They are also developing their general sense of smell.
- Ability to Hold Urine– 8 week old puppies can generally hold their urine for about 3 hours. This means you will need to take them out at least every 3 hours to get them “housebroken”.
- Intelligence– 8 week old puppies are becoming increasingly curious and interested in the environment. Although capable of learning, they have a very short attention span. Keep a variety of simple toys for your puppy to investigate. He will also play rough and tumble with his littermates and will gradually begin learning to play by himself. It is extremely important that puppies socialize with people at this age. Include lots of people of varying ages, sizes and shapes to interact positively with your pup. Some puppies have a brief phase of “fear” at this time as they may respond to noises or new objects. Expose your puppy to new objects and allow them to investigate on their own terms until they are comfortable with the new situation.
- Play & Agility– Most puppies 8 weeks old are “clumsy”. After all, most puppies just learned to walk at 3 weeks of age and run at 5 weeks of age, which was just a few short weeks ago. They are developing their gross motor skills that help them to run, play, and “hunt”. Their fine motor skills will come later. Puppies also learn to jump up at this stage. This is a normal behavior that can turn into an undesirable behavior when the puppy reaches adult-hood and jumps on every visitor. You can begin correcting your puppy and giving him positive reinforcement for good behavior.
- Physical Appearance & Hair Coat– 8-week-old puppies have a baby type hair coat that is very fine and does very little shedding. Get your puppy used to the brush and comb by gently using them on him for very short sessions that are kept positive. Don’t hold your puppy down to be brushed or combed if he does not want to be. Their muzzle is getting longer but overall they have the characteristics of a puppy. The ears may begin to stand up in some breeds.
- Sleep – Puppies that are 8 weeks old sleep approximately 18 to 22 hours per day. The rest is spent eating, playing and eliminating.
The puppies will be ready to go home this week! We still have availability in this litter if you are interested in one of these puppies!
Well that’s it for this week! Here are some pictures of us!
We had a fun day today playing with the puppies!
Check it out!
Here is a video of playtime with Bentley-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4STPX2bKIA
And here is a video of Gimli-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFuatRLg2po
The puppies are 7 weeks old now! They are getting big and strong and becoming more adorable each day! Watching them grow up and develop their own personalities is wonderful!