We just picked up a Cairn Terrier who had been rescued. He is 6-1/2 weeks-old, and we named him Rascal. After only being in his new home overnight, he seems to love lying in our living-room either on our new couch or chair that was delivered last month. Does anyone know how you train a puppy not to dump up on the couch or chair. We know that's where he is when we're in another room, because we can hear him scratching the couch or chair with his nails. I know dogs do this with rugs and their beds, trying to fluff up the material and get comfy.
i'm not going to be much help for training him, because my pug did that and i just gave up trying to train him not to jump up on the furniture. i couldn't find a way to do it. he'd jump up as soon as we left the room. i have slip covers on to keep them cleaner. he's a real lover and he just wants to be close to us. the slip covers protect the furniture from his clawing.
I have a 17 year old cairn terrier (male) and he does the same thing and has all his life. The only way to stop it is to not let him on the couch at all. I know this sounds harsh, but I had to break mine of the habit at 10 years old when he developed a heart murmmur and was on medication that made him have to pee a lot. As a result, he would have accidents while sleeping on the furniture or bed. Also it's a good idea to keep your dog off furniture because as they age, they may develope arthitis and it is painful when they jump up and down off the furniture.
As far as training a cairn not to get up on the furniture goes,I have only one thing to say "Be consistant!" Cairns in case you haven't learned yet, are smart and extremely stubborn and independent little dogs. As a result this makes them more of a challenge to train. They are such independent thinkers! Did I mention they are smart? Since they love to chase things, toss a ball for him, after you tell him "no" and put him on the floor when he jumps on the furniture. It may take a while, but it will work. Cairns are such clowns be prepared to laugh at many of their antics! As I am also adopting a rescue cairn I am also going into "training mode" again for my new addition. If you need more information about cairns, you might visit Col.Potters Cairn Rescue site. They have links to all kinds of information about Cairns. Good luck and welcome to the Cairn Terrier owners club!
Hi, I just got a Cairn Terrior last Wednesday so today is our 4th day together. I named him Angus MacDuff. He seems to be a good little guy. I tried to locate this site Col.Potters Cairn Rescue site but I'm having no luck. This is my first dog as an adult and I know nothing about training any suggestions. Thanks. Sheila-Anne & Angus
Congralation for rescuing a dog! I'm so glad to hear about people adopting. As for your Rascal's problems. What about a method of time out? Everytime you catch your on the funiture take his leash and put it on him then take him over to a corner of an empty room with no one in it. Tie your dog up to the corner. Then leave the room. Listen what his reaction to it is. He will probably cries for attention for a min or two. Leave him there for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes is over and he has stoped crying come back in the room and untie him. This method is what my neigthbor did to their puppy and it worked. This may not work to every dog but I suggest you try it for a week if see if their is any results.
Oh forgot make sure when you are putting the leash on make sure Rascal is on the furniture. If you come in the room and Rascal jumps off the furniture don't punish him and catch him next time. He needs to see the conection that furniture equals time out.
Don't let Rascal stay in the living room without supervision. That way you can stop him jumping up when you see him just trying to do it. (Say "NO" or "OFF" in a firm voce & put him on all fours. Then you praise him for being on the floor.) As others said - be consistet & he will get the message.
Every time you see him on your furniture say down boy and he doesn't do as you ask pick him up put him on the flour and then say down boy.I f he is not trained in a week e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how he is doing