Friday, January 7, 2011

Suppose a dog prefers the furniture to sit or sleep on

I've read books on dog ownership in which their authors advise against allowing a dog to sit or sleep on a furniture item....not just once in a while .......but always.

This advice seems to be a tad harsh. I feel that so long as a dog isn't destroying that couch or bed or chair, then why not let him or her to use it?  The thing is that while you can forbid a dog from bothering with furniture in the first place, you know deep down in your heart that when you're out to work or on an errand, your dog is just going to do whatever in your absence, including sleeping on your bed or couch. So why fight it? Why cause yourself unnecessary stress? He or she is comfortable there, let him or her go there.

If you're fortunate to have a door in which to close off a room, then close the door before you leave if you don't want your dog to sit or sleep on the furniture. It can be whole lot worse. And you've got enough to worry about anyway. So long as the dog isn't damaging anything, leave it alone. The most you'll have to worry about is removing a couple of hairs from the furniture. But most important, that dog is a family member.

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