Okay, not a trick really, so much as we tricked him into being a good boy. After the infamous couch licking incident – followed by the bald rug mentioned here and the Molly Mutt lunch – we explained to Jack’s vet that we were having a bit of a, um, problem with what he’s allowed to eat (kibble) versus what he can’t (the furniture). She offered this ingenious solution, which we’ve been using for a while with success and thought it’s about time we spread her wealth of knowledge. After all, we often receive emails and comments on how the heck we “keep” house with three drooling, furry kids (tip: it ain’t easy), but here’s a simple trick – there’s that word again – that’ll cost you all of $25 bucks and save your…well, stuff.
Taking the doc’s orders, we bought a cheapo office chair mat, specifically the kind made for sticking to low pile carpets. She suggested we take this ordinary accessory, turn it upside down (pointy tips up), and lay it on any piece of furniture that was off limits. Of course, this was only necessary when we weren’t at home (because gosh, Jack doesn’t dare place a paw on furniture while in our sights). But the shape and size was awkward to say the least, and while we dealt with the funky design for a few months, we finally took some $5, heavy-duty Home Depot shears to it.
Under our pup’s concerned supervision, I made two careful cuts so we would end up with three just-right-sized pieces. Needless to say, he was not thrilled when he saw the disciplinary device come out. You can read that sweet, puppy face like a book.
The two longer pieces fit perfectly on our couch cushions (tucked just so under the pillows), and the smaller chunk – the section that, if used properly, would fit under your desk – is the right size for the seat of our chair, a spot we’d surely hate to see with a puddle of doggie drool.
You’d think our little man could easily slide these training “pads” off the furniture, but lucky for us, that thought hasn’t yet crossed his mind (and this system has been in place for a while now). When not in use, we tuck the plastic pieces under our couch, out of sight. Of course we wish for the days of puppy couch parties and mega-cuddle time, but until our upholstery loving pooch learns to keep those chops in check, he makes a great foot rest.
Any other tips and tricks you use? Or perhaps your pets rule the roost? We know this can be a sticky topic (we often get asked why Jack isn’t allowed on the couch and tend to get puppy eyes from our own pals when we enforce “four on the floor”) so we’d love to hear your thoughts. Or, maybe, this is just the solution you’ve been looking for.