OK so now we have another issue, jumping on the couches. It was never a problem before, it has just started this week. We got Cayson first and he never got on the furniture, he has his own bed. However I had to put his bed away because Sasha was chewing it and Cayson started doing it too. Now they are both jumping on the couches. We tell them "down" but they just look at us, it takes 2 - 3 times repeating the command before they get down. Sasha also tends to get partially on our bed, front paws only, and again 2-3 repeats of "down" before she does it. Any advice on how to correct this problem any quicker? It has been 15 years since I dealt with puppy issues, I had a siberian husky for 14 yrs when I had to put her down, so I'm a little rusty. My fiance has never had a puppy, so he isn't much better.
First, lets make sure they know that they have place to lay. Get a dog bed. When they go on the furniture. Say no, and get up and put them on thier bed...give them a treat or praise. Once they know this and still are coming on the bed or furninture. You have 2 choices. First if you never ever want them furniture. Do not use a command. Just say no, and apply some sort of correction...this could be as simple as just pushing them off. The no is important. Every time you say no, you apply correction right after. not while you say no, but after. and a correction comes everytime you say no, if you do not do this...the dog will think that you are full of it, and may take the chance that you will do nothing. No, to the dog, should mean...to bad, you had your chance to behave now you pay the piper. this tells the dog, what you are doing is not desired, and here comes a correction. a "pop" on thier collar may also be a good correction.even if it is on a flat collar with your fingers and no leash. Now sometimes dogs get wise to this, and may run after a no...do not let them get away with it, pursue them till you get a correction...they never ever get away with it. If you just want them off when you say. then only say "off" once. The dogs have learned that 2-3 "offs" is simply one command. So after one command, say no, and apply a correction. And say no like you mean it. Say the command in a normal voice. Give them a chance to be correct, If you are using the command to simply have them get off when you desire...they are not being bad when you say no. they are being bad when they do not listen.
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Thank you for the advice, I will give it a shot. They do have beds, but we had to put them away because they were chewing them. Cayson never chewed on his bed until Sasha started doing it. Once the beds were taken away, that is when they started jumping on the couch. The beds are back out and I will see what happens and correct any chewing and jumping on furniture. Thanks again.