If you have a “sofa dog,” it can be nice to curl up with him or her in front of the TV, and if you’re away, he or she may also find comfort on the couch because it smells like you.
Dogs are “pack” animals and think of their human family members as pack mates. When you allow your dog on your sofa or bed, instinct tells them they are equal or above the humans in the pack hierarchy. This may lead to territorial behaviour.
Behavioural problems are much more common with sofa dogs than non-sofa dogs.
Here’s how you can change the rules:
Allowing your dog on the sofa is just a matter of preference. Whatever you decide, make sure every member of your family sticks to the rules.
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