After 8 months of owning Floyd (a Dalmatian), our dark blue couches are practically white!! Eventually we want to buy a second set of more "formal" lounge chairs for when more "formal" guests come over eg family or relatives who don't want to sit on dog hair and there is no way Floyd will be allowed to sit on those. But we would still keep these old couches in the main room where we watch tv etc and he can still sit on those. Do you think it would be confusing to try and teach him that he can sit on the old couches but not on the new couches?
I wouldn't think so. I have taught my dog where it is acceptable to bark. He knows not to bark at our house, but the park or my mum's ranch is fine. He probably thinks that couch is his bed, which works out perfect. Just punish him for going near the new couch and he will learn that only the old couch is okay to lay on. Spray him or say 'NO!' very firmly if he goes near the new furniture, but if he goes on the old, actually praise him and give him treats.
Well, if this helps any, we have a leather couch and two fabric recliners in the living room. Bailey knows she can get on either recliner but not the couch. The bigger dogs don't even try. What a sight that would be. Ariel is so small she doesn't hurt the leather and will jump up wherever any one is. So, I don't think it would be too confusing.
Phew!!! That's a relief! I thought it might have been cruel if it all got too confusing. But if your dogs can understand, I am sure Floyd will be able to. When I was looking at couches at shops I was thinking "Should I buy a white/cream couch so you don't see the hair but see dirt...or buy a dark couch so you don't see dirt but see hair!?"
I would say no way, my Boxer had her own chair and it was in the same room (living room) as the other chair and the couch but she knew which was hers. My house Pit is only allowed on her bed, or chairs and she knows better then to get on the others they're in the same room. In the other room she knows she's allowed on that couch.