Your Dog to Stay Off Your Furniture
ANY behavior problem you need to train your dog so that it
understands EXACTLY what you want. This is known as
setting rules and boundaries.
Begin by putting a leash on your dog and sit on the
floor next to, or in front of the item of furniture you want the
dog to say off of.
When the dog
starts to put a paw on it, or
moves to jump up on it, give a light leash correction
and say "OFF" or "NO" in a loud and
With a Chihuahua or other small breed, the dog may make
it up, and on to, the furniture before you make the
first few corrections. In this case, use very light
pressure on the leash to coax
the dog off of the furniture. (but don't pull or pick up
the dog). While using light pressure on the leash, say,
"GET DOWN" or "OFF" ... When she is
back on the floor praise her for getting down.
Remember, when you are trying to extinguish a behavior
your timing is VERY important. You must make the leash
correction and the verbal correction at the split second
the dog starts to jump up so that she understands what
you are correcting her for.
all training, keep your sessions short. Advanced
training should be kept under 10 minutes in
length. Always do something that the dog likes to do
when the session ends. Playing with the dog's favorite
toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in
training. Because there is a "fun time"
following the training, it will make the dog more
willing to train well.