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My husband and I are trying to decide whether or not we will let our V, Pippa, on the furniture. I feel one way and my husband feels the other ;) Would love thoughts from other Vizsla owners about this topic...Thanks!
 

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Well which ever of you is against it, does not want advice from us. :D
Mischa sleeps in our bed.
And right now she's sleeping on my leg on the couch.
 

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While I think either is fine, I personally don't allow my 7 month old on the couch. He's not allowed to jump on my bed but I'll put him on the bed sometimes. He seems to handle this fine and has never tried to jump on the bed himself. Some reasons I like this is that: I can cuddle with him if I want to, but I don't have to accommodate him or worry about him guarding a space. Additionally, if someone else watches him I don't have to worry about him on their furniture.
 

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The most important thing, IMO, is to come to a resolution & be on the same page!! Allowing animals on furniture is a personal decision; however, it is imperative that rules are set & enforced the same way by each family member. The hard part will be deciding which human gets their way ;D. You can not have one person allow, even occasionally, while the other person reprimands/punishes. We do not allow our dogs on the furniture for a variety of reasons. Just remember, once you start, there is no turning back ;)
 

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Scout is allowed on our couches. I like cuddling with him. My husband was anti dog on couch, until we actually brought Scout home and now he's completely on board :p. We've trained him to sit in a spot that has a cover on it, so he doesn't stink up the whole couch (nit that he really stinks, but non dog owners can always smell dog), and doesn't get hair everywhere. If we have people over we just take the cover off.

The bed is a different story, He is allowed up if invited onto any of our beds. But he is not allowed on the bed if anyone is actually sleeping on the bed he wants to get on. He has a bed beside ours thqt he can hang out on, and he's not allowed in the kids rooms when they are asleep.
 

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http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/07/notice-to-people-who-visit-my-home.html

If your kids can sit on the couch then your Vizsla should also. After all, it's there house too.

I first started insisting the dogs not get on the couches and chairs, but after about 6 months, I went, "What the heck."

We got coach covers that can be cleaned. The Jeep has covers. They only get on the bed when invited otherwise they sleep in their crates in the bedroom. They like their crates as long as they are close to us.

Keep their nails trimmed close so they don't rip the fabrics. Leather just doesn't work for us.

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/08/art-of-nail-trimming.html


Rod a.k.a redbirddog
 

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Some trainers insist that any elevated position is reserved for higher ranking members of the pack.
I think that is rubbish.
Only reason I don't allow Sam on the leather sofa is because I value my furniture and Sam would love to chew on it.
 

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Willie is allowed to go anywhere he wants in the house. He has never hurt anything, and is always respectful of my belongings. He knows what belongs to him (toys, his dishes and blankets) and what belongs to me (everything else). He is a mature adult dog, however, and if he was still going through his puppy stages, I'm sure I would be doing more "policing". ;)

He gets up on the furniture, but I do have his blankets strategically placed. They wash and dry nicely. He is such a good boy, I wouldn't dream of restricting him in any way, except if it was for safety reasons. (For example, I do enforce a rest period after he eats, to avoid bloat.)
 

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We went back and forth on this. We decided to let Ruby on the couch but she is only allowed on one spot of our sectional. We have a blanket there for her and protects my new couch. She is pretty good about going there. She has jumped up to other spots when a visitor is there but we tell her to go to her spot.

Sometimes I will be laying with her on the couch and I move around too much, she will give me a look and then go lay on her dog bed. How dare I interrupt her sleep...lol.
 

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This is a personal choice, as everyone has said, but my strong suggestion is decide what is allowable and be consistant and strict...I wish I had headed this advice! We allowed Mac on the couch as a pup, but as he's gotten bigger it's not so comfortable and we don't have a specific chair for him (however, in the summer he prefers the floor). Problem w/ this is he got the idea he was allowed on all furniture in and outside the home..which you don't want when visiting friends/family. So we have been working on not letting him on furniture for the last few months and it seems to have almost been cured. But be consistant..any exceptions and these guys will take full advantage...they don't understand grey (at least Mac doesn't)..needsot be black or white.

In regards to the bed...Mac was crated until 5.5months, then we started letting him sleep w/ us. It was fine for a while...but he's pretty big boy at 8 months and it just doesn't work in a queen size bed...and w/ him always wanting to sleep by our heads and stretching out and kicking us in the face, back, etc w/ his legs. So now we are working on him staying on his dog bed at the foot of the bed. Only started about a week ago (he;s no longer allowed on the bed at all) but he's improving a little every night. Hopefully at some point in the distant future he'll understand he can come up only when invited (for some cuddling on weekend mornings).

Best of luck w/ whatever you decide.
 

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I'm in the no dogs on the furniture camp. However, there are a 1/2 dozen high quality, large, dog beds/pads throughout the house. If they're laying on the hard floor, it's because they chose too.
Each person/household is different, and it's a personal choice. My only advice however is that once you allow it to begin, it will be very difficult to adjust the behavior later in the future. Make sure it's what you want 10-12 years from now.
 

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We are also in the no settee(couch) camp. We are also no upstairs, our Viz accepts our ways/rules, what i do is join him on the floor when relaxing/watching TV.
 

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Thanks for all the good advice...the debate continues at our house....although we have agreed no furniture AT ALL until we reach a conclusion! It was great to read all the different perspectives.... :)
 

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We have also decide the "no sofa rule" At the moment Cooper would LOVE to lie on the sofa and will try a few times, we tell him off and usually have to pick him up as he does the dying dog thing ! he then gets the message and will go lie in his crate.

I think he just wants to be next to us so sometimes I will go on the floor with him and he'll come lie on my legs. Thats ok at the moment as he's only 13 weeks so have started to bring his cushion from crate to lie next to me.

We are also doing no upstairs i like my bed to myself to much, even my kids don't get to go there !!!!!
 

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We all very much enjoy Jake lounging around with us therefore we allow him on all furniture in the house. After all....it is just furniture and can be replaced. You will only have your Vizsla for so long.....enjoy him or her to the fullest. That is my opinion but it may be because there was no way I could keep Jake off the furniture;)
 

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It really is just a matter of personal preferences and priorities. This thread reminds me of a conversation I had with my next-door-neighbor a few years back,

My previous dog, Aini, went blind due to diabetes-induced cataracts (and I should add that she was only four-years-old when she lost her eyesight). It cost me a little over $4,000 USD to get her the eye surgery. I made the mistake of telling my neighbor about it, and she said "Geez, you could have had a very fine Italian leather sofa for that amount of money!" Of course, she was right, but instead I chose to buy my dog her eyesight back. It was the most gratifying money I have ever spent.

I believe that most people here on the forums, if faced with that decision, would make the same choice I did. Hopefully, you will never have a young dog who goes blind, though. I'm just sayin' ... :)
 

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Savannah is only allowed on the couch when invited. Like Ruby, if people are moving around too much, she will give a look and then go to her dog bed for some undisturbed sleep. She is not allowed on the bed.
 

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Savannah is only allowed on the couch when invited. Like Ruby, if people are moving around too much, she will give a look and then go to her dog bed for some undisturbed sleep. She is not allowed on the bed.
It is really important to have rules and boundaries. They will take full advantage if you let them. :)

We really enjoy her company so we allow it, but only when she sits first.
She gets off when we tell her to, and that is all that matters to us.
 

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1. My furniture cost too much to replace.
2. I am the pack leader and thus, the dog stays on the floor.
3. I hate dog hair on my clothes, and so do the people I invite to my home who use the furniture. ;)
 

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We are in the "not on couch" camp also. We have a doxie and a min pin as well who.....since are small dogs are allowed on the couch but dont get on unless someone sits down and they are invited up.

Even though Lincoln is a member of our family also being that he is a larger dog breed than our small dogs we opt for him to remain off of the furniture.
It is all just personal preference and we feel more comfortable with our baby V on the floor. If one of us want to cuddle with him on our laps we sit in the floor with him..... like my husband is doing as we speak. :D
 
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